Mission Improbable

  • Mission Improbable

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A collaborative teamwork activity which identifies key lessons to improve communication skills in the workplace. Teams are told they must plan together - but will they really take it on board, in time?!

Learning Objectives

  • Seeing what interactions make an effective team
  • Seeing the dangers in making assumptions
  • Seeing the benefits of supporting other teams, and developing trust
  • Seeing the need to share information freely when appropriate
  • Seeing the need for a disciplined approach to communications
  • Participants

    2 or 4 teams of 3-6

  • Timing

    1 hour

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Your teams must plan a way to get 200 eggs to a given destination, in hilly terrain! An intercom links you to a second team which has a similar (but not identical) objective. At some point your team will realise that their map contains vital information that you need (and vice versa).

To encourage co-operation between teams their Brief states that it is the two team's combined score that counts. But invariably teams miss this given objective, treating each other as rival teams!

In this updated version there are extra materials making it possible to have a second pair of teams running in parallel to the first set - so enough materials for four teams in all. One pair communicate with intercoms, the second pair with written notes and fact-to-face meetings.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity: tie it in with your wider training programme.
  • Issue Team Briefs and maps.
  • Set up the intercom system (and a meeting place and notepaper if you have two sets of teams).
  • Allow 60 minutes for teams to try and accomplish their objectives.
  • Observe teams in action.
  • Lead a Debrief on the issues raised and relate the learning back to how they can be usefully applied in the workplace.
  • Trainer's Notes provide full guidance on facilitation and debrief.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Team Briefing Sheets
  • OS Maps
  • Map Measurers
  • Sketch Maps
  • Intercoms & Batteries

We regularly use 'Mission Improbable' to test competencies and highlight development needs.

D. Callow-Evans, Ministry of Defence

We recently used 'Mission Improbable' with a senior sales team from a large IT company that already confessed to having communication problems. Perhaps predictably enough, the session rapidly descended into chaos - but the outcomes were a resounding success!

L. Thompson, Professional Coaching Services

'Mission Improbable!' was a great success and enjoyed by all. I used it at a Leadership Team Development Workshop with a global pharmaceutical company. The behaviours during the task were amazing - it must have been a full 25 minutes into the exercise before either team actually asked, "Hang on guys, what, exactly, are we trying to achieve?". The debrief and lessons proved very valuable to the team and we referred back to the exercise several times during the week's training course.

Roger Porthouse, Lead Consultant, Latent Capability

'Mission Improbable' is one of the best training activities I've EVER used! Fun, challenging and rich for team coaching.

Peter Collins, Head of Training, 24Seven Group

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