During an orientation at MIT Sloan, an exercise called Subarctic Survival Situation™ is introduced and Robin Chase and her new classmates are broken up into small teams. The teams are told that their plane had crash-landed in the subarctic region of Newfoundland, Canada, and that they had to rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of importance for their survival. Chase’s ranking of items differed from her teammates. After much discussion, Chase ended up conceding her position only to discover that the order in which she ranked the 15 items had been right. She learned, as she put it, “Sometimes you are right and really have to fight for it.”
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