This unique scenario
offers many opportunities to practice leadership skills in a highly
challenging environment. The premise is that demonstrations of
exceptional leadership tend to surface in extraordinary circumstances.
The day to day is about managing rather than leading. This exercise is
not day to day!
The exercise begins with a
briefing via DVD. The briefing happens before dinner and provides an
overview of the exercise, which involves recovering stolen property.
Following dinner “specialist team training” in two smaller teams takes
place. After this it will be up to the total team to plan, implement and
review progress. The recovery involves entering a vault and removing
security boxes without setting off any alarms! The vault is entered at
night from above, via a rope raising and lowering system. The security
boxes contain information used to track down and retrieve the ‘stolen
The first phase of the
exercise is highly structured with information, training, planning and
time pressure focussing participants minds on retrieving the security
boxes from the vault. The intensity and commitment of this phase is
Once the security boxes
are retrieved the exercise becomes open ended, unstructured and
ambiguous. There is no clear objective, way forward or pressure to
complete. Following the adrenaline and focus of the first phase, the
late hour, darkness, uncertainty, and weariness provide completely
different challenges for individuals and the team. This is when true
leadership is required. The unique elements of darkness, electronic
sensors and alarms, aerial antics and achievement against the odds
ensure the fun, frustrations and realisations are firmly anchored in the
Group Size - 12-24
Duration - Afternoon or evening till 10pm or midnight - depending on the level of challenge desired.