The Expedition™ | Teamwork & Planning Training Activity

  • The Expedition™ | Teamwork & Planning Training Activity

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**FOR USE IN VIRTUAL & FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSIONS** ​Can teams plan a successful desert expedition? There are a number of routes but will teams identify the best one? Can they justify their decisions? Above all accurate planning is vital! *This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.*

Learning Objectives

  • how, as a team, to address the overall planning process
  • to ask the right questions early on, to identify key issues
  • the importance of accuracy and attention to detail
  • basic logistics
  • to select the best personnel for the job
  • to evaluate different options

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 four teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1.5 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Their mission is to travel to a location deep in the desert to collect a vitally important letter (that could mean the difference between life and death). They have a map, a vehicle to travel in and a coded message that will reveal the location - but little else. What data do they need in order to plan the expedition? They must formulate eight carefully constructed questions in order to get that critical information.

Now they can start planning in earnest. They’ll see there are three possible routes – all need investigating. Who does what? Do they demonstrate attention to detail? Are they conscious of time?

They must also choose four people to go on the expedition itself. What attributes are they looking for? They can select members of their own team or candidates whose details are supplied in the Team Brief – or a mixture of both.

Their vehicle is subject to strict weight restrictions, 900 Kg max, so fuel, water, food, first aid, tools etc must be carefully chosen for each stage of the journey. Emergency supplies MUST be carried; other items are optional - but all have weight implications. Teams use Checklists to plan the packing of the vehicle and ascertain total weights. Get it badly wrong – and the expedition fails!

If all safety precautions are adhered to, of the three possible routes, only one is realistic. Will teams realise this or will they take unjustifiable risks to get back to base ahead of their competitors?

Trainer's Role

  • Briefly introduce the session, arrange the group into teams and issues team briefs, a map of the Gozo Desert and a Data Request Form.
  • Teams have 15 minutes to brainstorm eight questions that will give them the data they need to plan the expedition. They note these on the Data Request Form (or supply them verbally).
  • Whatever data was requested, issue each team with a Critical Information Sheet. This gives teams all the information they need to plan their expedition (but if possible retain teams' data requests for reference in the Debrief).
  • Observe teams in action. Note relevant issues on their teamwork, delegation, leadership, planning skills and time management. Don't get involved in their task.
  • After 90 minutes call a halt. After a short break issue copies of the Team Review Form for teams to work through.
  • Ask each team EITHER to give brief feedback on how they worked together and what their final decision was, OR, if time allows, ask teams to prepare a more substantial presentation.
  • Lead a general debrief on the activity – there are lots of issues. Summarise the key lessons learned. Relate these to the workplace and how improvements might be made in real life.
  • Full instructions, discussion notes and learning points in the Trainer’s Notes .

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Trainer's PowerPoint
  • Team Brief
  • Map of the Gozo Desert
  • Critical Information Form
  • Checklist Form
  • Data Request Form
  • Team Review Form

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
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

We find all Northgate activities very intuitive and easy to work with and delegates find them a great benefit. And it helps us promote our brand and company by always coming across as professional.

Steve Penson, Operations Director, Alisar Ltd

We used 'The Expedition' for some team building for our graduate management programme. A great way for them to be able to quickly build rapport, problem solve, collaborate and make decisions.

Kevin Larvin, Learning & Development Manager, The Doyle Collection

We played 'The Expedition' in person during our team meeting back in November. We had very good feedback and the participants really enjoyed it.

Maria-Luisa Engelmann, Administrative Sales Support, Hilton International

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