Stretch That Extra Mile!
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.