What if you were catapulted back in time? Perhaps to when you were in the playground, making the absolute most of your imagination until you were called home. Well, this is what happened to us on an otherwise ordinary Friday in early summer, at our TEAM BUILDING evening, which, as tradition dictates, remains shrouded in mystery for all participants up until the very last moment.
As we make our way to the location, we try to crack a few jokes to break the tension. Not knowing what to expect is always a mix of conflicting emotions. There are those that are nervous of what lies ahead, those that can’t wait to get to work, those that worry about making a bad impression, and those that believe they have already guessed the theme of the challenge.
In a moment, we find ourselves in front of a pedal go-kart in pieces. When they explain to us that the challenge will consist in building, decorating and bringing it to the track, satisfaction spreads across the faces of men, while some doubtful expressions appear on those of the women of our group. Each team has at its disposal, in addition to various tools, a small budget of precious bottle caps for buying, from a very strict supervisor, some materials for customizing the go-karts’ bodies.
After a little bit of planning, all the teams set to work. Time is at a premium and seems to fly as we grapple with screwdrivers, cardboard and coloured ribbons. The roles mix and everyone gets busy. While planning the next move, we are constantly screwing, cutting, and laughing out loud, since seeing each other so out of the usual context is, at times, really quite funny.
But not anywhere near as funny as our pedal-kart creations when we see them lined up next to the race track!
Curious to know how it went? Well, everyone tried to do their utmost for their part of the race to convince the judges that their kart was not only the best looking, but also the fastest and most aerodynamic.
And who would have ever imagined that such a timid colleague would be so fast on the race track? Or such a carefully designed kart would completely lose its top out of the first corner?
In the end, there were awards for the most imaginative kart and for the fastest team on the track. But the winning team beat all the others by combining creativity, speed and excellent management of available resources.
Just like in the company, where everyday problems can be turned into successes by a communicative and motivated team.
The victory for all of us was a new awareness that by thinking out of the box and mixing roles, we can pursue and achieve even the most ambitious goals.
“THE REAL LOSER IS NEVER THE PERSON WHO CROSSES THE FINISHING LINE LAST. THE REAL LOSER IS THE PERSON WHO SITS ON THE SIDE, THE PERSON WHO DOES NOT EVEN TRY TO COMPETE.”
– SHEILA PISTORIUS