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What Go Ape taught PI about team work

5 Aug 2016 - Blog, News

What Go Ape taught PI about team work (or ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’)

People-Insight-Go-Ape

Some days, it’s good to lift your head up, get out of the office and blow out a few cobwebs, so you return invigorated, engaged, with energy for the tasks in hand.

Yesterday, most of the People Insight team headed out to Go Ape in Black Park for a bit of hanging from the trees. It was certainly an exhilarating, fun and banter filled afternoon, and today there’s a noticeable buzz in the office.

I asked the team what they learned, to see what kind of insights we’d get into how we work together as a team – and they came up with the following:

  • There are some natural pioneers in a team. But what’s great is they give encouragement or warnings to those that are following and provide goals & reassurance of what’s possible
  • Other people might believe in you more than you believe yourself; having faith in their coaching and giving it a go can be exhilarating
  • The people you least expect to can have amazing, hidden talents….
  • …and what seems like strengths aren’t strengths in all circumstances
  • With a goal but no pressure for ‘winners’ or ‘losers’ we saw 100% effort, involvement and good cheer
  • People didn’t always behave the way you’d expect, but we were all there for each other
  • A cycle of observation, sharing (what works and doesn’t), reflection and application works the same up a tree or on a team work project

And finally

“Just because someone isn’t screaming doesn’t mean they’re not terrified.”

 

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