By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA
As groups, how effectively will we work beneath strain? The ICBA Group Banker College workforce not too long ago had an opportunity to consider that when, at our annual technique and teambuilding assembly, we discovered ourselves locked in an escape room.
Whether or not you’ve achieved one or not, everyone knows the premise of escape rooms. A gaggle is locked into an area—actual or digital—and, in opposition to the clock, its members resolve clues and puzzles to get out. Whereas on its face which will sound like a enjoyable exercise, our escape room expertise additionally turned out to be a terrific studying alternative. The morning after we efficiently managed to flee, we hung out debriefing—and discovered rather a lot about ourselves within the course of.
So, what have been our principal takeaways?
1. Most significantly, we have been stronger collectively. The thing of the train was clearly articulated from the outset, and we needed to collaborate to perform our purpose. That meant leaning into one another’s strengths. One teammate, for instance, was higher at deciphering Morse code, whereas one other excelled at scouring the house for bodily clues.
2. We additionally needed to belief one another. Our escape room had two adjoining sections, and among the puzzles required workforce members to be in separate sections, speaking with one another to unravel a riddle. When one informed one other to “crank the deal with quicker,” the opposite needed to belief them and crank quicker.
3. It helped to be methodical. That meant doing issues so as and slowing down when issues bought tough. As we progressed, we realized it was necessary to take notes, so we assigned a notetaker to doc the necessary clues and steps we would have liked to perform.
Taking the time early on to evaluate our environment helped us higher perceive what we have been up in opposition to. We shortly found it was simple to get discouraged, and it took us virtually 22 minutes (out of the allotted 60) to realize traction. However after we stopped to evaluate, discover the room and discuss issues by means of, we have been in a position to proceed on extra strong footing.
Earlier than we began, the sport grasp had mentioned that we may ask for hints, however we didn’t ask for assist till half-hour had elapsed. In hindsight, we must always have admitted our limitations and requested for a touch sooner.
4. Pondering exterior the field turned out to be important. One puzzle requested us to hyperlink rings collectively to take away a key from a tiny gap—one thing that didn’t appear logical—however somebody’s outside-the-box considering helped resolve it.
We made it out of our escape room with solely minutes to spare! However that didn’t cease us from cheering one another on and celebrating our success. Life is just too brief to not have fun the wins—particularly when the entire workforce contributed to its success. And maybe that was a very powerful lesson of all.
Lindsay LaNore (email@example.com) is ICBA’s group government vp and chief studying and expertise officer