On August 5th, 2010, a 121-year-old copper and gold mine in a desolate Chilean desert suffers a cave-in. Thirty-three miners vanish someahere a half-mile beneath the earth - 3 miles from the mine's entrance. Seventeen days of exploratory drilling turn up no sign of life. Hope is beginning to fade. Then a drill bit emerges after penetrating 688 meters. Taped to the tip is a note in red marker: "33 of us are inside the refuge and all of us are well." For the next 42 days, the attention of the world will be riveted on this remote corner of the planet. It will require inspiration, teamwork and the ability to respond to shifting challenges to accomplish one of the most dramatic rescues in history.
Chilean Mine Rescue: The Unstoppable Team holds many lessons for teams everywhere. While few teams may address actual life and death matters, the key to their success lies, just as it did with the mine rescue, in three essential elements.
- A clearly-defined common goal that unites and inspires the participants.
- Appropriate skills and resources applied to project needs, along with a diversity of thinking to get the job done.
- The ability to respond to the unexpected and turn disaster into triumph.
Chilean Mine Rescue: The Unstoppable Team is a compelling 20-minute video, accompanied by a comprehensive Leader's Guide and PowerPoint slide presentation. These are the foundation for a workshop that will help team leaders at all levels understand how to:
- Clearly define a common goal and rally people around the goal by creating a vivid connection to the larger purpose of your task.
- Effectively reinforce and communicate the vision to keep your team united and inspired.
- Identify and leverage the skills and capabilities of your team members.
- Forge partnerships and alliances to expand your capabilities.
- Stay open to new ideas, emerging leaders, and alternative solutions.