12 Dec Blindfold Maze – A Game of Trust
Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.
– Patrick Lencioni
The above quote befitted the Sports and Games Continuous Learning session at MyNextHire. Getting to learn new things, about team bonding and team building at work via a game. These Continuous Learning sessions have become an integral part of the company’s culture. The results are great – a tightly-knit team that is always game for challenges at work and achieve the desired target.
This particular session was led by Bhanu Pratap Singh. A Software Developer by profession, coding is his first love followed by bike-riding. He also likes to socialize with friends in his free time.
The game was about achieving targets as a team. 2 teams of 5 members each were sorted out. And then each team was further divided into teams of two. Now, here comes the catch. In the team of two – one would be blindfolded. The game required the blindfolded team member to search and find 3 pens that were kept at 3 different places with the other person in the team guiding them to reach those pens.
There were 2 others catch as well – it was not a straight walk to the pen. The path has obstacles – bags, chairs, lunch boxes – and the person had to be guided to walk around these. The other one was a distraction – the opposing team would talk and make noises and deliberately try to lead the blindfolded person away from the target. Talk about vulnerability! Talk about putting yourself in someone else’s hands to win a game!
No matter what, the best way to learn is by observing. The first team that went for the game took around 10 minutes to collect all the three pens. The second team took just a minute. That is how observing and learning from the mistakes of the others help. As with all team games, the learnings that came with them were great.
It was a quality lesson in vulnerability and trust. Putting yourself in the hands of a team member because you are blindfolded also creates a bonding that creates closer working relationships between the two people. It also improves communication – listening for the blindfolded person and correct communication for the instructor. And achieving the target in all that mayhem – that’s great teamwork any day!
It was a session that the team enjoyed a lot. At the end of the session, the bonding between team members would have gone through a drastic change – looking out for each other, the trust that they are going to put in their teammates, overcoming the obstacles they face at work will now see new heights. Kudos to being a team!