Well, we have often heard that there is no “I” in a team. The “I” here talks about egos that one must put aside when working in a team. But then, there is also the saying, “You’re as strong as your weakest link.” The second saying applies to both individuals and at a team level. So that is where “self-awareness” plays an important role in teamwork. This is what the team at MyNextHire learned via a simple game.
Now, for those who know the work culture at MyNextHire, they know the teams have this activity session, which they call as continuous learning session and is one great exercise in team bonding and team building.
This session was quite different from the others. This one laid emphasis on the “I” in a team. The team played a simple game. And an interesting one that too. Oh yes! Another thing – this was also the first time that the team members were competing with themselves rather than each other – individually or as a team. The game was led by Nidhi Kaushik who works as Marketing Executive at the company. This was also the first time she led an activity at MyNextHire. It was also one that brought loads of learning for the team (apart from the fun aspect).
The game plan was simple. All the players had to kneel in a circle on the floor and place both their palms down on the floor. They had to do this in such a way that each player’s hands were separated by another player’s hands (one pair of hands would overlap the other pair). Instructions would be given by the instructor as the activity they need to do – tap left hand twice, tap right hand 4 times, reverse the direction, etc.
This meant that the team has to be alert to the instruction and make the necessary changes at a moment’s notice. In case, a player moved the wrong hand or tapped when he/she shouldn’t have or tapped fewer or more times than instructed, that person was out or eliminated from the play. Then the rest of the players would rearrange and continue the game until the last player remains.
The learnings were simple but had a lot of depth. It taught the team all about listening to instructions and coordinating accordingly. It taught them how to productively play the “I “in the team so that the wheels of teamwork remain well-oiled. It was also a big lesson in staying focused and alerts to changes that may come through at a moment’s notice.
The team had a great time playing the game and they played two sets. Of course, there were winners. The first time – Avinash won the game. The second time, Monali. The fact that MyNextHire encourages these continuous learning sessions is another example that befits the “I” factor in the team. Each member of the team contributes to building the team via these sessions – they bring to the table their individual knowledge to share it with others, helping them grow as a team with great skill sets.