We did an interesting group activity today in the OB class. The main point of the lecture was to show how working in a group is more beneficial than working alone. In a group, we do take more time to solve problems. But the results are more precise most of the times. Ofcourse, exceptions are always there. Anyway, I wont bore you with the mechanics of the organizational behavior stuff. What I do want to discuss here is the game that we took in class. By the way, this exercise has been provided by NASA.
Your spaceship has just crashed on the moon. You were scheduled to rendezvous with a mother ship 200 miles away on the lighted surface of the moon, but the rough landing has ruined your ship and destroyed all the equipment on board except for the 15 items listed below.
Your crew’s survival depends on reaching the mother ship, so you must choose the most critical items available for the 200-mile trip.
Your task is to rank the 15 items in terms of their importance for survival. Place a number 1 by the most important item, number 2 by the second most important, and so on, through number 15, the least important.
______ Box of matches
______ Food concentrate
______ 50 feet of nylon rope
______ Parachute silk
______ Solar-powered portable heating unit
______ Two .45caliber pistols
______ One case of dehydrated milk
______ Two 100-pound tanks of oxygen
______ Stellar map (of the moon’s constellations)
______ Self-inflating life raft
______ Magnetic compass
______ 5 gallons of water
______ Signal flares
______ First-aid kit containing injection needles
______ Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter
I’m not an astronaut and certainly dont know much about these things! I did choose a number of silly answers 🙂 Let’s see how you guys do. If you are interested, then leave the responses in the comments section. Label your responses as 4,6,1..etc.
By the way, the answers are here!! You can cross-check.