scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Trying to locate Consensus Building Exercise
Joel Patten (jpscouter@ATT.NET
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 04:40:53 CST
Hello friends on Scouts-L
I am a West Virginia Scoutmaster. I intro's myself here in mid 98 I think and have only posted occasionally over the years. Most subjects seem to get adequately responded to without my 2 cents worth.
I am running a follow-up troop JLT in a week. Most of these scouts had the "Tommy video" (as they call it) and that course by the planned syllabus about 6 months ago. We have new elections every 6 month and are now doing a follow up JLT after each election. I guess we will re-do the original "official" JLT about every 18 months to 2 years depending on Junior Leadership turnover.
We found the activity / reflection method far more effective than lecture for teaching scouts. (no surprise there!) Now I am planing to use an exercise I used years ago but I can't find it. The last time I used this exercise was in the early 80's but I think it will still work fine. It was a list of 15 or 20 items found on a Lunar Lander. The scenario was that you were stranded on the moon. The Lunar lander was going to blow up or something. You had to get off of it in any event and you had to prioritize the items in order of importance for survival while waiting for another lander to come and rescue you. To complete the exercise each individual would prioritize the list on his own and then everyone gets in a group. After receiving instructions about consensus building (which is almost the same thing as "shared leadership") the group is instructed to reach a consensus on rankings.
After that is done, each individual ranking is compared to a ranking prepared by some folks at NASA. It helps to have the explanations from the NASA experts to quell the debate. (as far as I know this wasn't done by NASA officially. it is not on their website...I've looked) Then the group ranking is compared and almost invariably the group outperforms every individual but there is still good room for reflection even when an individual outperforms the group.
I've never done this but another interesting variation would be if a leader were appointed in one group but not the other and see what happens...particularly if a very autocratic leader were appointed.(i.e. "big boss style")
The Problem is I can't find this exercise anywhere. I haven't seen mine since about 1983. I've moved 5 times since then so it is probably in a trash pile somewhere between WV and Colorado. Please Help. This exercise was used in a college management course that I took and I used it in scouts. I hope someone has it or knows where to get it.
You can reply to me off the list server but others might enjoy using it also. I would also be interested in any variation (stranded in the desert, etc.)
I would also be interested in any other leadership development games you might know of.
SM Tr. 98