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Jungle Escape is a teambuilding training game for employee and management development training. The team activity is an engaging and interactive instructional game that improves team effectiveness. The experiential training game addresses teamwork and group process skills that affect team performance such as team planning, problem solving and decision making.
A popular favorite of HRDQ clients, Jungle Escape is an excellent way to introduce or reinforce the basic concepts of teamwork. The hands-on training game presents a survival scenario to immerse participants in the learning experience and surface team dynamics. Teams learn that their airplane has crash-landed in a remote jungle. To survive, each group must build an escape helicopter using spare parts, a diagram, and limited access to a completed model.
Jungle Escape guarantees an exciting yet powerful training session. More than just a fun game, it does an excellent job at introduction group process skills and illustrating the importance of balancing planning time and execution. Groups also learn whether they operate as a Fragmented, Divergent, or Cohesive team.
HRDQ offers two versions of Jungle Escape: the classic version for basic team building training and an inter-team version, which is specifically designed to help improve productivity between teams.
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Theory and Development
How Teams Function
Research suggests that the amount of time that a group allots to the planning and implementation phases of a project determines, in part, how effectively it operates as a team. Jungle Escape broadly identifies three types of teams: Fragmented, Divergent, or Cohesive.
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Fragmented Teams are characterized by autocratic leadership and/or cliques that often press the group into making decisions. Typically, one person or a minority of the team members make the vital decisions during the game. Conflict is likely to be suppressed or ignored.
Members of Divergent Teams often consider many alternatives and tend to be overly cautious in their planning. They are often unable to reach consensus and resolve issues through voting procedures, and although group members go along with the majority, there is little commitment to the plan or final product.
With Cohesive Teams, democratic processes are used, a cooperative atmosphere develops rapidly and everyone on the team is involved in structuring the work. During game play, you’ll see cohesive teams work through conflict when it arises; generate excitement as the team work together on the construction; and experience a high degree of satisfaction with their group effort.
How Multiple Teams Function Together
Similarly, planning and assembly time are two important factors in inter-team performance. Depending on how two or more groups work together teams can be described as acting in one of three ways: Competitive, Non-interactive, and Cooperative.
A Competitive Team is more concerned with the success of its own unit than with the success of the organization as a whole. They spend little time planning and focus instead on how they can win. As a result, they spend very little time assessing the other team’s needs and expectations for completing the work and working together.
A Non-interactive Team limits its focus to its own team. They may spend a little or a lot of time planning; however, it is completed without consideration for the larger picture and the needs of the other group or team. As a result, their planning efforts are minimally effective to accomplishing the overall goal.
A Cooperative Team shares a common goal of getting projects completed together with other groups. When planning a project or task, a great deal of time is devoted to how the groups will work together to accomplish goals effectively and efficiently. Go to HRDQ find the Jungle Escape game:
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Uses for the Game
Jungle Escape is effective either as a stand-alone activity or as part of a more comprehensive training program. Here are some suggested applications for the game:
Kick off a team-building workshop or seminar
Introduce or reinforce basic team-building skills
Surface group issues or concerns that block team progress
How It Works
Jungle Escape is a highly interactive hands-on instructional game that takes approximately 1 ½ hours to complete start to finish. Teams are presented with a survival scenario at the beginning of the activity. As part of an air transport crew, their plane crash landed in a remote jungle of the Philippines while on a mission to deliver helicopter parts to a secret military base. The teams task is to quickly assemble a helicopter before the onset of monsoon season. Teams are asked to create a plan for construction and then build a helicopter to exact specifications using toy parts. Once the team believes they have properly assembled the aircraft, team members take part in a discussion about team dynamics and offer insights gained from the activity. When scores are compared, participants learn that typically the team that took the most time to plan builds the helicopter in the least amount of time.
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