Stretch That Ex­tra Mile!

Micetalk - - TEAM TALK - Neha Oberoi

The tran­si­tion from do­ing to get­ting things done can be daunt­ing for any pro­fes­sional. The ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing process al­lows par­tic­i­pants to see where they stand vis- vis-à-vis the iden­ti­fied skill re­quire­ments to trans­form into a pro­fes­sional. Out­bound learn­ing is a lot more than just team build­ing. The smooth tran­si­tion from man­ag­ing tasks to man­ag­ing peo­ple is one of the hall­marks of a good leader. Learn­ing from any form of out­bound ac­tiv­i­ties in­volves en­hanc­ing your­self on two pa­ram­e­ters. MICEtalk checks out with Brig. Tri­gunesh Mukher­jee AVSM, re­gard­ing some team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. He uses his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to fa­cil­i­tate ex­ec­u­tive learn­ing on Team­build­ing, Lead­er­ship, and Achieve­ment Ori­en­ta­tion.

Learn­ing from Chal­lenges

Learn­ing due to stretch­ing past your com­fort zone and the sur­prise el­e­ment tend to stay with you. Ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in­volves chal­leng­ing the par­tic­i­pants, wherein there could be a sce­nario with some of the play­ers be­ing part of the ex­er­cise by choice. Hence, par­tic­i­pat­ing fully in the ex­pe­ri­ence through own­er­ship. How­ever, most of the time out­bound learn­ing in­volves cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where par­tic­i­pants are asked to search for op­por­tu­ni­ties to stretch and grow dur­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. This kind of par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­vides a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for each mem­ber of the group.

How to set Goals?

There is di­ver­sity in teams and that proves to be an­other source of strength. The key learn­ing from th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties is goal set­ting. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing how to set goals that are in nei­ther the com­fort nor the panic zone, but in that slightly un­com­fort­able stretch zone where the great­est op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth and learn­ing lie. The stretch zone re­quires them to take their col­lec­tive knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence & abil­ity and stretch them to a limit that ex­ceeds one’s own per­cep­tion of one’s abil­i­ties.

Raft Build­ing & Rac­ing

In­struc­tors pro­vide the teams with the in­struc­tion book­lets or de­sign clues for build­ing a raft. Us­ing this raft, teams have to cover a cer­tain dis­tance on the river/swim­ming pool/lake in as less time as pos­si­ble.

The na­ture of chal­lenges in­volves: • Strat­egy - through rout­ing the course,

• Con­struc­tion – build­ing a con­trap­tion that can with­stand the chal­lenges that the forces of na­ture bring forth,

• Nav­i­ga­tion - real time con­di­tions of mov­ing craft, manuev­er­ing the craft,

• Peo­ple – work­ing in uni­son to put the ac­tiv­ity to­gether in a spec­i­fied time frame.

High Rope Games

The en­tire team is trapped in a for­est fire and has to cross the fire­wall that has en­gulfed them with the mech­a­nism avail­able. The team mem­bers have one fire-proof rope that works as a swing to take them to safety. The team is sup­posed to land each mem­ber on a des­ig­nated spot of the safe area. Th­ese spots are in the shape of a pyra­mid and marked with tyres. Once a per­son reaches a par­tic­u­lar safe area he or she can’t move into a new area.

5 Pointed Star

This ac­tiv­ity re­quires all the par­tic­i­pants to be blind­folded. Each par­tic­i­pant is then given a part of a rope to hold. The group is then ex­pected to form a 5 pointed star as per the in­struc­tions of the fa­cil­i­ta­tor. Once a sin­gle task is achieved, a new chal­lenge will be pre­sented.

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