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1 Great Challenges require great teamwork!
The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Great Challenges require great teamwork!

2 Great Challenges require great teamwork!
The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork The Great Escape is a popular 1963 war film about 250 Allied prisoners of war escaping from a German POW camp during World War II Produced and directed by John Sturges, The Great Escape offers some of the finest lessons in TeamWork. The film is based upon the factual book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, who observed the actual events as a prisoner. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

3 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Year 1944 Place: Stalag Luft III, a Nazi Prisoner of War Camp one hundred miles Southeast of Berlin.

4 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork German High Command concentrates the most-determined and selected prisoners to a new, high-security POW camp that the commandant proclaims escape-proof.

5 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Within the camp was a core group of prisoners determined to escape. In fact their goal was to facilitate the escape of about 250 men in one night.

6 The Great Escape… An escape so daunting had never been tried before.
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork An escape so daunting had never been tried before. Something that would require the utmost collaboration among the prisoners.

7 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Getting men out of a German prison camp was a very complex task. The core group plans the greatest escape attempted: Digging a tunnel to exfiltrate 250 prisoners.

8 The Great Escape… Teams of men are organized
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Teams of men are organized Jobs delegated includes: Survey, dig, dispose the soil, manufacture clothing, forge documents, procure contraband materials, keep records of soldiers movements, distract security guards, supplying fresh air in the tunnels with hand made bellows, and to provide lighting in the tunnels. The worst of the work, noise of digging, was covered by the men singing in chorus.

9 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork The list of supplies needed for the job was unbelievable: bed slats, 1370 battens, 1699 blankets, 52 long tables, 1219 knives, 30 shovels, 600 feet of rope, 1000 feet of electric wire, and more. It took an army of prisoners just to find and steal all the material required. Several prisoners continually scrounged for anything that might aid them. Others worked systematically and relentlessly distracting, bribing and blackmailing the guards.

10 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Each person had a job. There were tailors, blacksmiths, forgers, pickpockets & camouflage artists. The security teams kept record of every movement of every guard. They used an elaborate yet inconspicuous set of signals to warn other security men.

11 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork On March 24, 1944, after more than a year of work, 220 men prepared to creep through the tunnel into the woods outside the camp. The plan was to send out one man per minute until all had made their escape. German speaking prisoners would board trains and pose as foreign workers. The rest would lie low during the day and travel at night hoping to avoid German patrols.

12 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork When the first prisoner popped up out of the tunnel, he discovered that its exit was short of the woods. Rather than getting out a man per minute, they were barely able to get out a dozen per hour. In all, eighty six men escaped before the tunnel was discovered. It created chaos for the Nazis, who ordered a national alert to deal with it. Eighty three of the prisoners were recaptured, and forty one of them were executed by order of Adolf Hitler. Only three made it to freedom. Though the attempt failed in accomplishing its objective but it offered the world a historical example of collective endeavour.

13 The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork
John Sturges, the man who directed the 1963 movie, The Great Escape, based on this event, said of the prisoner’s efforts, “It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than 600 men- every single of them, every minute, every hour, every day and every night for more than a year.

14 Great Challenges require great teamwork!
The Great Escape… A Classic Case Study in Teamwork Never has the human capacity been stretched to such incredible lengths or shown with as much determination and courage. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

15 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 1 Teamwork is birthed when you concentrate on “WE” instead of “ME” Ask yourself: Does your ego stops you from being a good team player. Are you able to judge the size of the team challenge. Does it benefit others as well as myself. Is it worth dedicating part of my life to. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

16 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON:2 Be Mission Conscious The Goal is more important than the role Always remember: If you don’t know where are you going, you will end up somewhere else. Vision inspires team When you see the big picture correctly, you serve the team effectively. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

17 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 3 Collaboration is Multiplication All union is strength, all discord is danger Always remember: Complementing one another is more important than competing with one another. True team members see themselves as a unit working together and never allow competition between teammates to get to the point where it hurts the team. Effective Delegation divides efforts and multiply results Great Challenges require great teamwork!

18 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 4 Committed and Consistent There are no Halfhearted Champions Always remember: Ordinary people with commitment can create an extraordinary team. You don’t have to be really gifted or talented to be committed. Commitment is usually discovered in the midst of adversity. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

19 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 5 Consolidating Communication A team is Many Voices with a single Heart Always remember: Open and candid communication fosters trust. The more difficult a situation, the more important is to communicate. Don’t let more than 24 hours go by without addressing a conflict. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

20 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 6 Consolidating Communication A team is Many Voices with a single Heart Always remember: Open and candid communication fosters trust. The more difficult a situation, the more important is to communicate. Don’t let more than 24 hours go by without addressing a conflict. Great Challenges require great teamwork!

21 Lessons from The Great Escape…
A Classic Case Study in Teamwork LESSON: 7 T-Together E-Everyone A- Accomplishes M-Miracles Enjoy the process, give it your best and never forget that no matter what you want to do in life, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work” Great Challenges require great teamwork!


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