Desert Survival Situation™

Research and development by J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D., in consultation with Alonzo W. Pond, Survival Expert.

Do your teams have what it takes to survive?

Desert Survival simulation

The Situation

"It is approximately 10 o'clock in the morning on a mid-August day and you have just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States." Your task is to rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival. Set in an unfamiliar location, this simulation takes the participants outside of their organizational roles and areas of expertise to a situation where only their synergistic problem-solving skills will help them to survive.

Team Synergy

The Desert Survival Situation™ provides a unique opportunity to quickly and objectively measure whether your groups are achieving synergy—as well as demonstrate this otherwise elusive concept. Synergy occurs when the interactive efforts of two or more people produce a solution that is superior to their independent solutions. By measuring the quality of both individual and team performance on a single task, this simulation allows groups to quickly calculate the extent to which they are fully utilizing their resources—and doing so in a way that achieves synergy.

Unique Characteristics of the Desert Survival Situation

  • Establishes a Constructive, team-oriented atmosphere in the workplace, at conferences or workshops, and in classrooms or training programs
  • Strengthens members' rational and interpersonal problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates and promote synergy within groups
  • Improves the efficiency and effectiveness of individual and group decision making

Interested in using the Desert Survival Situation?

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