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Tall Ships

Tall Ships is a highly engaging experiential exercise—a learning game—that challenges teams to race against the clock (and other teams) to build the tallest ship mast at the lowest cost. Players not only learn the skills behind the seven factors that research demonstrates are most critical to effective team performance; they actually practice them, too.

In shorthand, those factors are the 7 C’s: Clarity, Capability, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication, Continuous Improvement, and Creativity.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

·       Learn and practice the seven factors critical to effective teamwork

·       Explore strategies to improve team performance

·       Identify and apply actions to real-life team situations

 

Teams representing imaginary companies have been selected by The Seven Seas Company to bid on a lucrative contract for designing and building a tall ship. But in order for any team to be awarded the winning bid, they must first demonstrate that they can successfully embody the “Seven C’s” upon which The Seven Seas Company is founded: Clarity, Capability, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication, Continuous Improvement, and Creativity.

 

Three game rounds reveal the team dynamics that impact team effectiveness. In Round 1, teams are asked to assemble the tallest ship mast possible in the least amount of time. Lessons learned from this round are discussed and applied to the Seven C’s model. Round 2 challenges teams to rethink their strategy and build yet a taller mast in the same amount of time, but at the lowest cost. Following a team performance assessment and debrief, teams make one last attempt at the task, assembling the mast according to new specifications and requirements. Finally, an action-planning phase provides teams and team members with an opportunity to improve their performance.