The Seven Seas Company has selected your company to collaborate with them in an attempt to win a lucrative contract for designing and building a tall ship. But your company must first demonstrate that it can successfully perform the “Seven C’s” upon which The Seven Seas Company is founded. Can your team rise to the challenge to win the deal?
- Practice and understand the 7 factors critical to effective teamwork
- Identify strategies to improve team performance
- Learn how to apply the 7 skills to an actual team scenario
Studies show that effective team performance is the result of several interrelated factors that, when adequately addressed, create optimal conditions for success. This research indicates that high performing teams differentiate themselves in 7 key performance areas — the Seven C’s of Effective Team Performance. The foundation of Tall Ships, these “Seven C’s” operate as a system as well as a set of separate elements.
- Clarity — An understanding of the team’s purpose, expected outcomes, roles, responsibilities, and stakeholder expectations.
- Capability — Having the necessary skills and knowledge (or ensuring individuals acquire the necessary skills) to complete tasks efficiently and appropriately.
- Collaboration — An understanding of how to work together and use resources effectively to achieve team goals.
- Commitment — A high degree of commitment to the team’s mission and to each other.
- Communication — An understanding of positive communication practices, including active listening and giving and receiving feedback.
- Continuous Improvement — A commitment to continuously improve work processes and team effectiveness.
- Creativity — Conditions that encourage diverse thinking, new ideas, and innovative solutions.
How It Works
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.
Uses for Tall Ships
Perfect for both newly formed and intact teams, Tall Ships can be used as a stand-alone learning event, integrated into a larger training initiative, or adapted to address such topics as leadership, change management, quality awareness, process improvement, and safety awareness.
What to Order/Product Contents
- Each Complete Game includes materials to simultaneously train 3 teams of 5-7 participants.
- All parts except for the Participant Guides are reusable. Participant Guides Refill 5-Packs are also available for individual purchase.
- For larger groups, order one Game Pack for each additional team of 5–7 participants.
Our Customer Service Team is available to assist you with determining your training material needs.
Author: Stu Noble, MEd
Objective: To improve teamwork skills
Audience: Groups and teams at all organizational levels
Time Required: 2 hours
Each Game Trains: Up to 3 teams of 5-7 participants
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