Astronaut Rescue Mission™ | Team & Leadership Training Activity

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Teams are put in a fast-paced, pressurised situation. Who will emerge to lead? Will they be the right person - and will they be effective?
to identify 10 trigger points where leadership is required
to show that the leader role can move between different team members
to recognise some basic leadership traits
to see the benefits when a team is organised and well led
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  • Type Training Activity
  • Timing 1 hour + debrief
  • Use F2F & Virtual
  • Target Audience All Levels
  • Min Participants 3
  • Max Participants* 24
  • *More delegates? Contact Us
  • Computer Required No
  • Printer Required No
  • Supply Format Hard & Digital Copy

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Northgate says...

"Astronaut Rescue Mission brings teamwork and leadership skills back down to Earth! Ultimately this activity leads to a useful discussion about what makes a good leader, what leadership is all about and how participants can demonstrate leadership skills back in the workplace. It reveals the benefits of a well-organised and well-led team and the importance of team collaboration. Will your teams stay calm under pressure and who, if anyone, will demonstrate leadership? Use also as an assessment tool to see how individuals perform within a team. A great, multi-functional addition to your training resources toolkit!"

  • Identify 10 trigger points where leadership is required
  • Show that the leader role can move between different team members
  • Recognise some basic leadership traits
  • See the benefits when a team is organised and well led
  • Show that there is not just one style for effective leadership
  • The importance of whole team collaboration
  • The importance of the team supporting the leader

Ideally suited to:

Observing teams and how they interact under pressure as well as identifying those individuals who show leadership potential.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Phillip Westermeyer, Head of Learning and Development, Starr Underwriting Agents

I used ‘Astronaut Rescue Mission’ as part of a Strategy Away Day for our IT Management Team. In their respective leadership roles, they have to understand the business needs of their internal clients in order to develop and implement the right systems. This requires a high degree of communication, analysis, resourcing, problem solving, decision making and time management. ‘Astronaut Rescue Mission’ addresses all of these competencies and provided the ideal start to the day. The initial mathematics challenge to obtain the map was good fun and got the 'grey cells' working early on. With the 60 minute clock winding down, the managers had to quickly decide which was the quickest and safest route to reach the safety of their chosen camp. This game certainly addresses the need for decisive leadership, communication, task allocation and time management. One of our IT Managers commented that it was the "best team exercise he had ever participated in". The learning gained from the exercise was assimilated into the core discussions throughout the day - a great way to embed core skills and behaviours.

Marc Townell, Senior Scientist, Pall Corporation

Astronaut Rescue Mission' went very well. It's easy to facilitate and to adapt to virtual classrooms.

Mark Drummond, Head of Training & Development, Story Contracting Ltd

We've run 'Astronaut Rescue Mission' remotely a couple of times now and we’re very impressed!

Adie Shariff, Director, Haynes Shariff Ltd

'Astronaut Rescue Mission' worked really well virtually. I used it as a “pressure game” for people to then reflect on mindset & resilience. So I only gave 30 minutes (rather than 1 hour) for the game. It worked – it created a rich conversation about how perfectionism & team dynamics interfered with performance. I ran it virtually and it worked a treat. All credit to Northgate for design – easy to run & highly engaging.

Jo Kehoe, Director, JK Training Ltd

I used the 'Astronaut Rescue Mission' activity on the first day of a programme with Team Leaders – they all worked in a warehousing environment and were very nervous as they hadn’t experienced leadership training before. The Astronaut activity really helped to put them at ease and broke the ice as they all got involved in solving the problem. Without realising it, they all demonstrated leadership skills at some point in the activity, and the debrief was both fun and enlightening as they realised the different skills they already had (along with those they want to develop). Astronaut! worked well with a group who were a little unsure of themselves and the training, and resulted in some excellent discussions on leadership styles.