The Survival Series

The Survival Simulations are designed to teach teams how to improve problem solving through learning the interpersonal (people) and rational (task) skills and behaviors that lead to successful teamwork.

Survival Series

Each simulation presents a scenario, such as being stranded in the desert, and then challenges the team to rank various objects they might need for survival.

The exercises ensure that all team members have the same level of knowledge about the artificial situation (not very much!), meaning they must rely on their ability to set objectives, analyze alternative strategies and evaluate them, and finally, choose a solution that will best meet the objective.

By having team members complete the exercise individually and then as a team, the difference between the individual solutions and the team's solution can be identified. This becomes a real measure of the group's ability to perform as a team.

Versatile

The Survival Simulations can be used as an icebreaker at the beginning of a workshop, conference, seminar, or training program, or to establish healthy norms within a new work group. They can also be used with new or established teams to introduce members to the value of synergy or to gauge their synergistic problem-solving skills.

Interactive

Set in unfamiliar locations, our Survival Simulations allow group members to participate as equals— regardless of rank or position. By starting on equal footing, participants have the opportunity to fully participate, focus on group processes, and analyze their contributions to the quality of the team’s performance.

Easy to implement

Leader’s Guides are available for each of the Human Synergistics International Survival Simulations. The Guides contain all of the information you’ll need to design and facilitate a successful program, including the experts’ decisions and rationale, scoring instructions, program design options, and tips for discussing the skills and processes that contribute to effective team performance.

DVD enhancements are also available for most of the simulations. The DVD enhancement enables participants to see the situation setting and the available items, making the simulation more real for them. They also relieve you of the responsibility of having to be the “survival expert” by presenting the expert’s rank and rationale to participants.

Interested in using a Survival Simulation?

Contact us for information on product pricing and/or consulting and coaching services. (Online ordering is not available.)

Gain hands-on experience with the Survival Series at an upcoming workshop.

Choose the Survival Simulation that’s right for you

Simulation

The Situation

The Challenge

Time

Desert Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

It's a hot August day and your plane has just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States.

Rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival.

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Desert II Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

On your way home from Acapulco, your chartered plane experiences engine trouble and crash lands somewhere in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States.

Identify your four greatest problems and the best strategy for your survival. Then, decide on the criticality and best use for 16 items salvaged from the crash.

2.5 to 3.5 hours 

Bushfire Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

You and your group are on holiday in the Dandenong Ranges just east of Melbourne, Australia, when you suddenly notice a bushfire approaching.

Rank 12 items in the order of their importance to your team’s survival.

1.5 to 2 hours

Reef Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

On an excursion from Tahiti to Australia, your yacht strikes a coral reef and begins taking on water through the hull.

Rank 12 items salvaged from the yacht in the order of their importance to your team’s survival.

1.5 to 2 hours

Tsunami Survival Situation™
Sample Participant Booklet

Your group is enjoying a beach party on the coast in central Chile when a text message alerts that a tsunami is approaching.

Rank 8 items in the order of their importance to your team’s survival.

1 to 2 hours

Subarctic Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

Twenty-two air miles east of your intended destination, your float plane crashes on the east shore of Laura Lake, in the subarctic region of the northern Quebec-Newfoundland border.

Rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival.

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Cascades Survival Situation
Sample Participant Booklet

On the way back from a weekend retreat, the helicopter carrying you and your group crashes in a small clearing high in the Cascades Mountains.

Rank 12 items salvaged from the crash in the order of their importance to your team’s survival.

1 to 1.5 hours

Earthquake Survival Situation™
Sample Participant Booklet

You and your co-workers are working late in the basement library of your 10-story downtown office building when a major earthquake hits.

Identify which of 12 possible action steps are important and sequence them in the order they should be carried out. Rank the remaining steps from least to most dangerous.

1 to 1.5 hours