All Adrift!™ | Energiser | Training Activity

**FOR USE IN VIRTUAL & FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSIONS** ​A short energiser to get teams working together, exchanging views and agreeing priorities. *This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.*

Learning Objectives

  • to grasp the essence of a situation
  • to think clearly and logically - and use common sense
  • to evaluate levels of importance
  • to be able to put a point of view convincingly
  • to be prepared to compromise

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 24 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount on multiple licences to use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    3-24 (up to six teams of 3-4 per team)

  • Timing

    50 minutes + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Ideal for use as a virtual training activity or virtual training energiser (and also suitable for face-to-face classrooms too), each team member receives a Brief, telling them the scenario: they are crew members on a yacht, on a sailing holiday off the west coast of France.

An emergency arises when a fire starts in the galley and quickly spreads. They quickly inflate and launch a dinghy but much of the yacht is consumed by fire and they are able to grab only 14 items before abandoning ship.

Teams have a list of the 14 items and are asked to select the top ten most useful items for the situation. Once chosen, they must rank the items 1 to 10, with No.1 being the most important.

First, participants must do this on their own to provide an individual ranking. Then, participants are asked to work in their teams to prepare a 'team' ranking. Both individual and team rankings are recorded on a Ranking Form. There is also a Score Chart, so all the rankings can be scored and compared.

How effectively did participants work together as a team? What did they score - individuals and teams? How well did teams perform compared with individuals?

The chart is based on an 'Expert Ranking' provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). Teams may choose to challenge this ranking but it will need to be a well-founded challenge!

Clear thinking, convincing argument and team rapport are all vital!

An ideal starter or team energiser on any course.

Trainer's Role

  • Briefly introduce the training activity in plenary. Explain the activity has two parts, the first is for individuals to do on their own. The second is for team members to work together on the task.
  • Allocate teams (3-4 per team) and put into breakout rooms.
  • Send a copy of the Team Brief and a copy of the Ranking Form to each participant. If necessary, participants can draw up their own Ranking Form on paper.
  • Tell them they each have 15-20 minutes to complete the task, on their own.
  • After the allotted time ask them to now work as teams and repeat the ranking process. Announce teams have 30 minutes.
  • Visit the breakout rooms to observe teams at work.
  • Stop the activity at the allotted time. Issue the How to Score chart, so that all rankings can be scored.
  • Debrief in a plenary session. Ask for volunteers to share their individual scores, then ask the same of teams. Alternatively, ask for a show of hands for each rating band. Explain the scores are based on an RNLI ranking.
  • How did teams perform? How did they work as a team? Did a leader or coordinator emerge? How easily did they reach consensus?
  • Were the consensus decisions of the team better or worse than the individual scores? What do the outcomes indicate?
  • A flipchart/shared whiteboard might be useful - to list key points.

Full guidance is provided in the Trainer's Notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Team Brief
  • Ranking Form
  • How to Score Chart

This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Option to send information to team leaders digitally via the hub using Team Access Codes (for paperless training sessions)
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

Your training products have enhanced my training sessions! Using your training games brings great learning points in an interactive and fun environment. I facilitate a variety of topics across the leadership spectrum and you always have a training game that meets the training goals and time constraints.

Songya Kesler, Leadership Consultant & Coach,

I used 'All Adrift!' in a virtual training session and it worked very well... great stuff!

Jean Vanhoegaerden, Professor of Leadership Practice, Ashridge Business School

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