Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Marooned on an Island

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Marooned on an Island

“Marooned on an Island” is an excellent management exercise that you, as a workshop/seminar leader, can use in your programs, modules or sessions on “team work”, “team building”, “problem solving”, “creativity”, “group dynamics”, “group process”, “leadership”, “inter-group communication”, “conflict management”, “consensus building” etc.

Randomly divide the participants of your program into several groups. Each group can have five to six participants. For random grouping, follow the method given in the management exercise titled “Pass the Message” at URL

The members of each group will sit together. Distance the groups from each other such that the discussions in one group will not disturb or interfere the other groups.

Now give instructions to all the groups about what the exercise is all about. Tell them as given below.

Start of instructions:

“You (members of a group) were sailing in the waters in a boat. You were heading towards an island. As you  landed on the island, a high tide came and swept your boat away in the mid sea. Soon the boat got lost in the sea waters. And thus you got marooned in this lonely island. Now you need to survive, get out out of this island safely and reach your homes.

What six items would you have brought with you to get over such an emergency if you anticipated that you might be stranded this way. You are only allowed six items per team, not per person.

Discuss in your group and finalize the choice of these six items. Write down the names/descriptions of these items on a chart paper in big bold letters for display later. Each group will be allowed 20 minutes for this.

When all the groups finish doing it, one person from each group will make presentation to convince about its plan of action and choice of six items as selected by it.

Other groups may ask questions after each presentation.”

End of instructions

Now let the groups work for next 20 minutes on this exercise and later on make their presentations.

Share your observations about various aspects (group process, team work, creativity, problem solving, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, consensus building etc)  of the exercise as carried out by each group.

Wrap up the exercise with additional inputs, if necessary, from you.

Get Hold of the Related Books

You can order the following books on “management games and icebreakers” as printed books and eBooks from Amazon online:

  1. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  2. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  3. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  4. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers

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About Shyam Bhatawdekar

35 years’ industrial/business experience as a top executive & 35 years’ parallel academic/consultancy experience in general management, behavioral sciences & technology. Areas: general management, production, human resources, industrial engineering, systems, MIS, computers, corporate planning, audit, sales/marketing. Penchant for information technology & behavioral sciences; integrated with conventional technology makes him unique thought leader. Conversant with academic theories & realities of business, fuses the two into practical approaches. Was associated with Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics & ThyssenKrupp; held top positions as highflier executive. Presently Chairman & Managing Director, Prodcons Group associating with 250 organizations; providing management & I T consultations & conducting seminars/workshops. Been a faculty for IIM’s, TMTC, Railway & HAL Staff Colleges, Symbiosis. Speaker with 35000 hours’ experience benefitting more than 100,000 people. Published 35 articles in Economic Times, Indian Management & Computers Today. Authored 27 books. Invited as key speaker in seminars by AIMA, HRD Network, NIPM, QCFI, CSI, NPC. Widely traveled. Education: Engineering & Management.
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