The Mount Everest Leadership and Teamwork Simulation is one of a series of simulations Forio (the builder of institution simulations and the sellers of simulation development software to businesses, universities, and government agencies around the world) has industrialized in an affiliation with Harvard Business School Publishing.
The simulation consists of five team members including you, who will attempt to summit Mount Everest in this mutual multi-player simulation. There are five camps or checkpoints along the itinerary to the Summit of Mt. Everest. Each team member is given information and resources to use throughout the climb. At each checkpoint, team members evaluate information on weather, health conditions, supplies, targets, or hiking rate, and determine how much of that information to communicate to their teammates.
The Everest team must decide how to effectively and efficiently allocate supplies and oxygen bottles needed for the climb--decisions which have an effect on the hiking speed, health, and eventually the team's success in summiting the mountain. Failure to accurately communicate and investigate information will have consequences on team performance.
Some teams had an observer for the team, a 6th person. This team member is in the inimitable situation of being able to administer what is occurring throughout the simulation. Those teams privileged enough to have a 6th component found themselves a very useful resource for both the simulation and the assessment.
This Everest simulation expressed many learning objectives such as learning how to build, participate in, and lead teams more effectively. It also shows how teams can improve the way that they make collective decisions and how teams can solve problems and make decisions more effectively in situations when members have difference information and opposing interests.
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