Alien Contact creates an environment where building a strong and mutually beneficial web of relationships is the key to success. For this reason, it is used in many leadership, management and team workshops. It also sets the stage, in real time, for participants to broaden and deepen their real-life networks during the learning program, and is thus also used to open conferences as a way to meet and get to know others in an active and enjoyable event.
During the simulation, participants quickly realize that they cannot really be effective in any part of their work or workplace until they recognize the value of relationships. The experience imparts lessons for building a deeper understanding of others and for creating support for individual, team and corporate success. Participants begin to see patterns within their own business and social networks that are both aiding and/or limiting their effectiveness.
Participants begin the experience with a challenging individual mission and goal. Some participants will immediately link up with others, sharing information, forming packs and expanding their connections. Other participants who remain isolated, begin to realize that they are left out of important information flows; they find themselves missing key opportunities and they start to realize how interconnected our work has become.
Over time, all participants gravitate towards forming purpose-focused teams that come together when needed for a time, and disband and reform quickly as required. The participant’s mission is completed in a race against time with an unknown deadline and with participants facing ‘tremendous risks’ along the way. The participants who earn the most ‘Star Points’ by the end of the mission are declared the winners. This is followed by an interactive debrief that is designed to lead participants to the rich and valuable insights they will transfer back into their daily professional lives.
Alien Contact brings to life the very real value of creating and maintaining relationships within and across the silos of the organization. In the debrief, the participants develop plans to maximize the depth and breadth of their existing networks for the benefit of each other, their organizations and for their own careers.
“This was a fantastic way to get to know others while learning about the importance of building our connections and network.”