First Light

A dramatic experience that plunges teams into a world of change, risk, reward and tension. Participants are challenged to plan and adapt strategy to succeed in an ambiguous and changing environment.

Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up
James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

First Light is a dramatic, immersive, engaging, team-based experience that plunges participants into a world of ambiguity, constant change, risks, potential rewards, challenges and time-driven tension. The mission is to explore the First Light universe and collect rare and valuable resources. At the same time, teams must conserve their limited resources and escape the universe before it collapses.

One of the biggest challenges is that they don't know when this might happen nor do they realize the opportunities that a change in course can bring. Participants are challenged to plan and adapt their strategy, learn as they go, and succeed in an extremely ambiguous and changing environment.

When participants enter the First Light universe, they are placed in team ‘Starships.’ Each Starship team is made up of four to six alien life forms. Each life form has individual strengths as well as unique weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Their mission is to explore the First Light universe, collect more Ph.antoms (a rare and valuable resource) than any other team, conserve the team's scarce and limited resources, and escape through the Worm-Hole before the universe collapses.

But when will the universe collapse? Should they risk staying to find more Ph.antoms? What information can they collect and leverage to make the best decisions? What difference would it make if each team more deeply understood the others’ objectives? How would changing their strategy add to their success?

Team members struggle to plan and adapt their strategy in a very uncertain, constantly changing environment. They walk a fine line between risk and reward. Anxiety mounts as teams are forced to repeatedly decide how to cope with drastic changes, how to deal with new information and how to respond to it all as a team. When the mission concludes, the teams evaluate their level of success and celebrate the ‘best-in-class’ winning team.

The First Light debrief sets the stage for participants to reflect upon and share their experiences, to draw parallels to their real-life organizational experiences around coping with and leveraging change, managing ambiguity, ensuring teamwork and alignment, applying learning as they progress and leading from within. The discussion focuses on these lessons as participants immediately apply their insights to the real world.

Learning Program Focus:

  • Dealing with Change
  • Managing Ambiguity
  • Alignment & Teamwork
  • Balancing risk and reward
  • Leveraging learning and knowledge as you progress
  • Competition & Collaboration

Duration of the Program:

3 - 3.5 hours

Participant Numbers:

The recommended minimum number is 18. The recommended maximum is 36.