San Diego State University Patient Zero Discussion


This week you revisit the simulation, Patient Zero. Choose opposite demographics, country, and social structures this round. You are welcome to complete the simulation as many times as you would like. Start early in the week and by Thursday report the following for discussion:
List the demographic choices you made in the simulation as a high-ranking advisor (country, system…).
Report the decisions you made and the final outcomes after playing this round.
Based on the Geisler reading this week, what expectations would you adopt as the senior leader to guide your crisis response team? Are there any additional factors you would consider?

SIMULATION:  Leadership Simulation: Patient Zero (
:I selected several characteristics of Timealand 2.0, such as its government style, its economy, and its culture. According to the assignment, I chose an authoritarian government, with socialism and a conservative culture as opposites to my first choice. Socialism can redistribute wealth and provide a safety net for citizens, while authoritarian governments tend to make more efficient decisions and implement them more efficiently. In society, a conservative culture can contribute to stability and order. Having been born and raised in Hungary, I have firsthand experience with socialism and authoritarianism.

To prevent the virus from spreading further and causing further damage, I banned the pilgrimage and deployed significant military force to enforce it. In order to prevent people from going on pilgrimage despite the ban, a military presence was necessary. I kept the design defect secret and implemented quarantine policies for the defective blood tester. A design defect in the blood tester led to false positives, causing people to be quarantined unnecessarily. Keeping the design defect secret prevented misinformation from spreading. In the next event, I did not subsidize the Bilbring drug and sponsored a generic version that overrode national IP laws. Then all operations related to the Iconnex software were discontinued and the software was banned. In the end, I didn’t order the assault, and I pulled all military support out of the city, leaving the medical team in charge. Interestingly, the final outcome was much better than what I experienced in my first set. I got 10% infected, medium moral, and 12% likelihood of a collapse of society.
According to Geisler (2020), a crisis response team plays an important role in preventing confusion and ensuring accountability in an organization. As well as representing all stakeholders, the team should be responsive to colleagues at all levels and challenge the status quo to help solve creative problems. In crisis situations such as Coronavirus outbreaks, these factors are crucial for meeting attendance, response time, communication channels, information sharing, collaboration, and dispute resolution.
When I played the third time, I chose the most radical characteristics and the least acceptable choices morally and ethically. I find it interesting that the result of the gameplay shows the least amount of damage so far. I believe that this result shows that the most radical choices may not always be the worst outcome, and that sometimes taking an unconventional approach can lead to surprisingly positive results.
Geisler, J. (2020, May 1). The key traits leaders should exhibit during a crisis such as COVID-19: During high-stress periods, it becomes vital for leaders to offer employees reasons for hope while at the same being truthful and transparent. Healthcare Financial Management, 74(5), 52.
My goal in completing the Patient Zero simulation was to be true to my instincts as a leader, make rational decisions that always tied back to our countries mission. Create a strategy to honor and protect my country while remaining flexible and transparent in our decisions. This time around, I focused more on Blinking rather than Thinking and went with my innate response and reaction to the scenarios rather than thinking through strategic plans like I did the first time I took the situation. 
My country, Milaro, is comprised of just over 72 million citizens and is comprised of the following characteristics and attributes:
Government: Democracy
Economy: Socialism
Culture: Progressive
Attributes: Economy, Health and Infrastructure. 
Report the decisions you made and the final outcomes after playing this round.
My final outcomes were 14% infected, high morale and 19% likelihood of societal collapse. This was quite different than my outcomes the first time around. The first time around I had low citizen moral but a very lower infected and likelihood of collapse rate. I think this time I allowed a more democratic approach which increase morale but decreased some of our strategic decision making. 
Based on the Geisler reading this week, what expectations would you adopt as the senior leader to guide your crisis response team? Are there any additional factors you would consider?
Crises response challenges leaders to be decisive, adaptive and flexible (McKimm, et. al., 2023). My big takeaways from this exercise was to be more decisive and not question my original decisions. Be accountable for the outcomes and the decisions that lead to those outcomes. Be flexible to adapt our plan and strategy given the needs of the country and the changing environment (Ramalingam, et. al., 2020). Finally, be transparent in my communication and the thought process that led to those decisions (Ramalingam, et. al., 2020).

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