Everest Simulation Reflection Paper

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| Mt. Everest Simulation Reflection Paper | Assignment 1 | | | |

Individual reflection on the Mt. Everest Simulation exercise carried out on 5th October and the subsequent debriefing on 12th October |

The Everest simulation was a unique experience. Before the actual simulation started, my team discussed the approach we would take and how we will deal with situations wherein the personal goals collided with the team goals. We shared our character profile information with each other and began the exercise with excitement and a firm resolve to do our best.
The team finished achieving 41% of its goals. Two of our members had to be rescued and we didn’t manage to attain any of the weather, oxygen or medical challenges. We
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The marathon runner was an asthma patient and would have needed an inhaler later on. That would have left just one inhaler for someone else’s use. We could have placed more stress on issues at hand rather than account for situations that we weren’t entirely sure would come up later.
There were a lot of lessons to be learned from this simulation. Most real life situations tend to encompass an area of the ‘unknown’. Working with the same conviction as when all the information is known is very important in such a situation. At times we don’t know what the immediate impacts of our actions will be or how some of the prevailing conditions will affect us. It is very important to do due analysis of the situations in such cases.
As a team also there were certain lessons to be learned. At the beginning of the exercise we mulled over revealing our personal goals to everyone. As everyone was aware that the other had a personal goal that may not be consistent with the team goal, there were chances of some distrust creeping in the team. However as the rules clearly stated that none of us were to reveal our goals, we didn’t do so. But trust is the single most important thing in the functioning of a team. In situations where it is evident that one of the members has a different agenda, the atmosphere in the team tends to get spoilt.
Also in a team it is very important members challenge and push each other’s ideas all the time. Often when members accept each