05 Dec Caterpillar Traverse and The Magic of Acceptance and Coordination in a Team
Pritam Rajput’s idea of having the team play the Caterpillar Traverse game at MyNextHire’s Continuous Learning session was simple – he wanted the team to play a game where they didn’t have to be in sync with each other and yet could coordinate well.
For the Software Developer that he is at MyNextHire, he developed the game as well a bit. The rules called each team to participate separately with the team who took the least time to cover the distance declared a winner. They also decided to walk within the marked space in linear line vs. a criss-cross one – taking into consideration height differences of the players to avoid mishaps. All these with legs tied up – each participant of a team had their legs tied up to the other participant. In short, all participants except the head and tail participant had both their legs tied up with another participant.
There was another reason why Pritam chose this game – it did not require leaders to lead the game (as with other games that the team has previously played at these continuous learning sessions). Pritam really thought through on the game – one of the benefits that have come from the continuous learning activity sessions that are organized at MyNextHire. These activity sessions – which showcases the company’s work culture are a great addition to team building and bonding. And this time it taught them a lot about coordinating in a team and having fun at the same time.
Did they have fun? Yes, they did. No doubt, it is difficult to walk the straight line and achieve the targets with your legs tied up, but they did. The first team went at it without a strategy. The second team watched and made up a strategy. As with every session, there were lessons. It taught the team about coordinating each other when the going is tough. It also taught them how to work well in each sphere – like the first team who went at it without a strategy but with the exhilaration of being trendsetters and learning new things. The second, with a strategy that they set after seeing what could possibly go wrong when it came to getting the work done and reaching the target. It also means that when you work in a team, you work with multiple members and you learn to coordinate to make the project a success.
The best lesson came from Vivek Jade, the CEO of MyNextHire. He said that he found the game like a project – one in which there are always constraints that are forced on the people who work on the project. They do not get to choose – in the case of the game – everyone’s legs were tied. However, if one is to focus on what could be done despite the constraints, the outcome is almost magical. If one is to look at the constraints or the problems, they won’t be able to do anything. Once they start to accept the constraints, creativity starts to come out and that changes the game.
Now, that were some gold nuggets in this continuous learning session for the team. Next week, join me for the story of another great session that we had.