Teams watch an intriguing video. They learn that a few months ago a virus that destroys people’s ability to communicate and collaborate was discovered. The video unfolds a story of a team of international scientists who, while developing a vaccine against the virus, have tragically become infected. As a result, they are unable to cooperate and have encrypted, locked up and hidden their findings. Teams are challenged to discover the vaccine and save the world! In this quest they must open the boxes, decrypt the codes and bring the proper DNA samples to the analyser. To open the first box and start their quest the video instructs them to consult the laboratory’s website.
They must work quickly. In the room, a screen displays a live image of the virus under a high-powered microscope. Can they discover the vaccine before the synthetic virus mutates, breaks the barrier of neutral cells and the infection spreads?
Outbreak is a fun and experiential learning game that enhances teamwork and problem-solving skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Effective communication and active listening are essential ingredients for success. Working together to decipher accurate information from false and misleading information is imperative. Encouraging each other to stay positive and continue to work through the challenges highlights the importance of developing a collective team growth mindset. Throughout the game, the value of each person’s talent, strength and capability are vital to the effectiveness of the team. Using those talents in a silo will not lead to solutions but collaborating in a team and cooperating with other teams is the crucial antidote for success. Teams learn to work efficiently and effectively within limited time constraints developing their collective problem-solving skills.
This team building activity will become a shared reminder to participants of the importance and power of collaboration to achieve great things in times of crisis. Outbreak reinforces the importance of sticking together, shirking off self interest and ultimately the power of teamwork!