Lost at Sea Exercise-Decision Making

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  LOST AT SEA  Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Creative Thinking Exercise   Insight by Grahame Knox is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.  SOS! You have chartered a yacht with your friends for theholiday trip of a lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean. Because noneof you have any previous sailing experience, you have hired anexperienced skipper and two-person crew. Unfortunately in midAtlantic, a fierce fire breaks out in the galley and the skipper andcrew have been lost whilst trying to fight the blaze. Much of theyacht is destroyed and is slowly sinking.Your location is unclear because vital navigational andradio equipment have been damaged in the fire. Your bestestimate is that you are many hundreds of miles from the nearestlandfall. You and your friends have managed to save 15 itemsundamaged and intact after the fire. In addition, you havesalvaged a six man-rubber life craft and a box of matches.  YOUR TASK Your task is to rank the 15 items interms of their importance for you, asyou wait to be rescued. Place thenumber 1 by the most important item,the number 2 by the second mostimportant and so forth until you haveranked all 15 items.  INSTRUCTIONS [1] 1. Each will be provided with a ‘lost at sea ranking chart’. 2. You are given 7 minutes to decide your individual rankings and record your choices in the left-hand Step 1 column. 3. You will then form into a team. Each member of the group will discuss their individual choices and work together to agree on a collaborative list. You will be given 15 minutes to this. Record the group rankings in the second column (team rankings). 4. Later, each group will then report their team rankings .
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