Mission Improbable™ | Communication & Teamwork Training Activity

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

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 your organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    6-24 (2 or 4 teams of 3-6)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • 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! Walkie-talkies link 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 teams 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 walkie-talkies, the second pair with written notes and face-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 walkie-talkies (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
  • Walkie-Talkies & Batteries

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

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

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

'Mission Improbable' was ace! Really engaging, really fun and a really creative way to identify the key elements of working as a team.

Matthew Hotten, People & Organisational Development Manager, Geberit Sales Ltd

I used 'Mission Improbable' in Lisbon at a global conference. It worked really well and was very well received. It was also a good reflection of how the teams work on a daily basis, as they are usually split up into different time zones.

Rebecca Tisdale, EMEA Operations Training Senior Specialist, Equinix

Our delegates found 'Mission Improbable' challenging, but very rewarding in seeing the differences between walkie talkie communications and written communications (ie phone v email, as we put it), and how different character styles worked together (or in some cases didn’t!). Excellent game.

Geoff Hoffheinz, Chief Engineer, Glennmont Partners

We used 'Mission Improbable' for a team building day for our Senior Leadership Team a couple of weeks ago. It was a great activity that led to lots of great discussion about ways of working and collaboration. I would certainly run it again.

Joseph Williams, Organisational Development Manager, Nexus

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