Our mission, Changing the World—One Organization at a Time®, is a challenging one. We are working toward it every year by introducing more and more organizations—in increasingly diverse industries and geographical locations—to our surveys and team-building simulations. Our world-renowned products include the Leadership/Impact® 360, Desert Survival Situation™ simulation, and Organizational Culture Inventory®, the most widely used culture survey in the world. We strive to help organizations initiate changes so meaningful and powerful that they “spill over” and extend beyond their boundaries—effectively promoting the development and effectiveness of communities, countries, and ultimately the world.
When you choose Human Synergistics International, you’re in good company. A focus on quality, research, and ethics—underscored by a mission to constructively change the world through individual and organizational development—has resulted in HSI materials being used by the majority of Fortune 500 companies, Fast 50 companies, and Ivy League universities.
The Desert Survival Situation™ is perhaps HSI’s best-known product, introduced in 1970. In fact, Desert has been cited as the most widely used training and development tool in the world. Our capabilities, however, extend far beyond the desert and group process simulations.
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An outstanding way to prove the point that teams outperform individuals is to engage people in an exercise like Desert Survival… The teams almost always outperform the individuals and, if they do not, the reason can usually be traced to poor functioning of the team.
Listening costs money because it is time consuming. However, in the end it saves money because mistakes are corrected, potential problems are avoided, and more creative and cost-effective solutions are generated. …the Desert Survival Situation, demonstrated that teams with good listening skills consistently outperformed teams where the members did not listen to each other.
Glenn M. Parker, 25 Instruments for Team Development
Finally, the best thinking very often results from a team effort. With few exceptions, repeated research has established that groups are usually better than individuals at solving problems where no one has deep or relevant experience…. A forceful example is an exercise called the Desert Survival Situation.
A technique used widely in helping groups to understand the value added from team performance is a classroom exercise designed to demonstrate synergy…. The parallel between lessons learned from this exercise and those learned in many aircraft accidents is more than casual.
I had been skeptical about the exercise, but it worked…. It turned out to be a particularly appropriate exercise for the first day, as it came so close to some of our real survival emotions.
In the afternoon, we divided into our old study groups and had to face the highlight of our trip to Half Moon Bay, a group test: The Desert Survival scenario.
Students discover through this exercise that applying the interaction method, the problem-solving process, and the various tools presents much more of a challenge than they had expected. Their realization stimulates them to work on mastering this material during the succeeding projects.
I met recently with the executive director of a U.S. association that works with CEOs of Chinese companies as they seek to become listed on U.S. stock exchanges. We discussed my law practice and my time in China teaching law at Tsinghua University, but he was most interested in my experience with Desert Survival, the classic teambuilding exercise. He said that a real need for this type of skill existed within Chinese companies.
By comparing individual strategies with team consensus, the exercise graphically demonstrated the value of cooperative collaboration.
Human Synergistics International thanks trainers, practitioners, consultants, and educators across the globe for making our team-building simulations the most widely used and acclaimed in the world.
When Human Synergistics first introduced the Desert Survival Situation™, our clients could not get enough of this innovative team activity based on the concept of synergy—that is, people working together can achieve better results than they can individually. The Desert Survival Situation has become one of the most widely-used team-building activities in the world and has served as the model for other numerous other exercises used for training and development internationally.
Human Synergistics’ team-building simulations provide a unique opportunity to quickly and objectively measure whether your teams are achieving synergy. They are designed for team building, developing more constructive group processes, and demonstrating the impact of communication and collaboration on solution effectiveness. HSI offers a wide variety of team-building simulations in four series.