Decision Making Games – Decision Making #48On August 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will sit in a circle. You tell the team that their airplane just crashed on an uninhabited land and that the airplane will explode within ten minutes. In the airplane there are fifteen objects of which three objects can be taken out of the airplane. Before the exercise you have written down the names of the objects on pieces of paper and places them in the middle of the circle. a box of matches a crate of beer a crate of twelve bottles of water five warm sweaters first aid kit transistor radio an ax a gun with twenty bullets a bag with twenty five magazines inflatable lifeboat for 4 persons compass anti insect spray sewing kit flashlight and a bag with five big blankets Within ten minutes the team has to unanimous decide which three objects will be taken out of the airplane. Tell them that if they don’t make a unanimous decision, the airplane will crash and they have nothing at all. In this case someone pleads to get the gun and the crate of beer. With the gun we can hunt so we can eat and keep ourselves alive. We break the bottles of beer and use them to defend ourselves in case wild animals are attacking us. Someone else says: I agree with the bottles of beer, but certainly I want to take the bottles of water. We can drink them and then use the empty bottles to make a net float on the ocean. We can make a net of braided grass, prick it into the bottom of the see with the beer bottles and on the upper site of the net we hang the empty water bottles. This way we can catch fish! I want to take the transistor radio, another participant says. Maybe someone catches the signals we can send with it. Our mutual goal is to get home, not to stay here and make our lives here comfortable! After ten minutes the team has to make a unanimous decision of which three objects they take. In this case: the beer bottles, the transistor radio and the matches. Now you tell the team that they made a good choice and that they are living safe for a few weeks on the island. And luckily they are spotted by an airplane, which lands and takes all the participants! But when the participants are in the airplane on their way home it turns out the airplane is almost out of kerosine and that next to the pilot, only one participant can stay in the airplane, otherwise no one will survive! In this case four people has to sacrifice themselves by jumping out of the airplane! The participants has to decide unanimously which of them can stay in the airplane. They have to make a decision within ten minutes otherwise the airplane will crash and no participant will survive. Tell the team you can plea for yourselves but you can also plea that some else should be the survivor. One participant thinks he should stay: “I am the father of five children so have to most right to survive. “Nonsense” someone says. “I think Rachel has to survive because she is a great piano player and makes thousands of people happy with her talent, so she will be the biggest loss. “I am the youngest” another participant says. So if I can stay in the airplane and survive, statistically we win the most years. You as the trainer increases the pressure by telling the team each minute how much minutes the have left until a unanimous decision has to be made. Three minutes left! Annabelle has to survive, someone says. She hasn’t say a word yet and has definitely the smallest ego so therefore she is a person who will be there for others in the future in contrast to the rest of us. One minute left! “Annabelle just has one child!” Says Christy. “I have three children and two grandchildren. You are sixty four!” says Paul. “Annabelle is twenty four! 10 seconds left! Ok, I agree” says Christy. Annabelle can stay. And the rest also agrees that Annabelle can stay in the airplane. Now the team made a unanimous decision you tell them the pilot has discovered another can of kerosene so everyone can stay and will be home safe!. Now the team will evaluate. Was it easy to come to a unanimous decision together? What worked and what didn’t? Who took the lead, and who prefered to be leaded? How can you make a decision even faster, without losing the quality of the decision? The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on the subscribe button to stay tuned for a new video each Sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.