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Who will eat the apple?

Orienteering, Team building, and Cooperating: Who Will Eat The Apple?

Steve Jobs is gone and Apple’s share price is down, but now is the time for a new challenger to Eat the Apple and stand atop the world’s mountain of companies. Can it be you?

Our first challenge presents a seemingly simple, but complex case of “Who will Eat the Apple?” Participants will split into different “companies”: Pear, Sisung, Yeskia, GSB, Huabei, Husan, Soelbow—fierce competitors in the mobile consumer electronics game who sometimes do cooperate and other times crush each other. Each participant will be given a random role in the company: CEO, CFO, marketing, R&D, receptionist. Each will be given an identical starting “budget” with the goal of deciding how much to spend on product development on up to five new products. The right to develop each product will be decided at an auction, and the winning team will be the one who picks the best product mix based on the secret future value of each product.

Before the event, each participant will be given some information based on their assigned role. Furthermore, each team will receive some more information along with general industry information. The challenge will be to use the two hours allotted to apply orienteering skills taught in the morning workshop to find as many clues—hidden around Maluanshan—as possible to increase the individual and the team’s knowledge and then use this knowledge to come up with a winning strategy to use in the technology auction after lunch. Only basic tools will be allowed--a map, a compass, and walkie-talkies. (cell phones?) along with the information you are given, that which you find, trade, buy, or steal—to devise your strategy to become number one.

Can your team find and interpret the clues? Can you bid effectively? Can you buy from your competitors? Will you form alliances? Will you betray your team for a better offer from a competitor? Will you beat Steve Jobs and the legacy of apple? Are you up to the challenge? A debrief after the event will be held along with a roundtable and metrics on performance.

Workshop Takeaways

Competency Workshop Area
Business & Management Skills
Information Management
Interpreting own and others roles, finding and using clues, final strategy
Team Building Incentive alignment, value of trust


Applied leadership style, speed and effectiveness, outcome based leadership

Time/Resource Management

Achieving complex uncertain goals under pressure, leveraging utility of minimal resources, delegation

Outdoor Skills
Route finding

Contour map reading, route choice
Orienteering Compass use, objective locating
Hiking Speed, comfort and hydration, sub-teams

Each participant will receive and individual and team scores on each of these dimensions from a 360 degree feedback perspective

Teams will be randomly filmed throughout the event for playback review

A final debrief will allow all participants to compare, contrast, and learn from each others’ performance.


Location: Maluan Mountain

About Maluan Mountain: sourse - Shenzhen Daily November 10, 2004, from

"Maluan Mountain is not the most famous mountain in the Shenzhen area, even among the city's long-term residents.
However, it is extremely popular among avid hikers because it's easy, safe, beautiful and varied with clear streams, lush woods, Chinese plum blossoms and one of the area's largest waterfalls.
The mountain's paths aren't surfaced, yet the climb is not strenuous, as the summit is only half the height of Shenzhen's highest peak, Wutong Mountain.
Lan Chou Gu, a veteran member of Shenzhen's largest online outdoor pursuits club, Mofang, once wrote: "It's hard to say how many Shenzheners have fallen in love with hiking when climbing Maluan Mountain, but who, if they love hiking, has not climbed Maluan Mountain."
Expeditions to Maluan Mountain usually start at Diecuihu Reservoir, 15 minutes from Xiaomeisha beach, and end at Dameisha beach.
The summit is accessible from various routes, but the most attractive one is along a stream.
The stream is less than half-a-meter deep, with boulders forming natural steps for hikers. Jumping from one boulder to another is a real test of balance, as some boulders are pointed and far apart from each other. In other places, the boulders are so large and close together that you have to scramble over, squeeze between and slide down them.
In nice weather, falling into the water is not the end of the world, although you have to be careful because your shoes become wet and slippery. However, after heavy rain, the water can run very fast and the rapids can carry you downstream.
Despite the challenges, trekking up the stream is quite refreshing.
Even on the hottest summer days, you will not feel it because much of the stream is under tree cover. The sounds of water splashing add to the tranquility and coolness of the mountain. Looking down, a continuous mountain chain extends in front of you, completely separating you from the city.
When a section of the waterway is too difficult to pass, a nearby mountain trail is a good alternative. Cool, damp, lush and with the sound of rushing water, the trail passes through what seems like a temperate forest.
Maluan Waterfalls is one of the largest in the Shenzhen area, about 16 meters high. There are also some smaller falls. While many leisurely hikers just enjoy watching the thundering waterfalls or bathing in the cool water, rock-climbers practice their skills on the cliffs beside the waterfalls.
The mountain is best known for its plum blossom trees, which bloom in January. The Plum Blossom Pavilion at the summit offers an excellent view of the blue sea and the red and white plum blossoms in January.
If you start your expedition at about 10 AM, you will arrive at the Plum Blossom Pavilion by midday, in time for a relaxing lunch at the small village about 30 minutes walk from the pavilion.
You can buy some farm produce from the villagers and cook at their houses. If you are lucky, you can get a chicken raised by farmers for 50 yuan (US$6). But don't expect to recharge your mobile phones here because most of the village houses have no electricity.
If you want to climb Maluan Mountain, you'd better be quick. The mountain may soon lose part of its natural beauty because a golf course is being built on it."

Trekking in the forrest, shenzhen

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