One of the important factors in how well different teams function with each other is the manner in which they balance Planning and Production, and whether they work together or separately on those two phases of the task. Depending on how two or more groups work together, they usually can be described as acting in one of three ways: Competitive, Non-interactive, and Cooperative.

There are indicators that can help teams determine whether they are working well together or not. They are the critical elements of inter-team functioning. How teams handle each of these areas determines how effectively they will interact with other groups. The Jungle Escape activity is designed to surface many of these team indicators, including climate, communication, active listening, information gathering, sharing information, shared goals and objectives, conflict management, and more.

In the next several posts, we will describe each type of team, including Competitive, Non-interactive, and Cooperative teams, as well as the critical elements of effective team functioning.

jungle_escapeJungle Escape has a hands-on design that enables players to discover and practice critical group-process skills, such as team planning, problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution.

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