By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA
As groups, how properly can we work underneath stress? The ICBA Group Banker College group lately 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 finished 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 remedy 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 fantastic studying alternative. The morning after we efficiently managed to flee, we frolicked debriefing—and discovered quite a bit about ourselves within the course of.
So, what have been our essential takeaways?
1. Most significantly, we have been stronger collectively. The item of the train was clearly articulated from the outset, and we needed to collaborate to perform our aim. 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 area for bodily clues.
2. We additionally needed to belief one another. Our escape room had two adjoining sections, and a few of the puzzles required group members to be in separate sections, speaking with one another to resolve a riddle. When one instructed one other to “crank the deal with sooner,” the opposite needed to belief them and crank sooner.
3. It helped to be methodical. That meant doing issues so as and slowing down when issues bought difficult. As we progressed, we realized it was necessary to take notes, so we assigned a notetaker to doc the necessary clues and steps we wanted 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 straightforward to get discouraged, and it took us virtually 22 minutes (out of the allotted 60) to achieve traction. However once we stopped to evaluation, 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 stated that we might 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 outdoors 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 remedy 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 group contributed to its success. And maybe that was crucial lesson of all.
Lindsay LaNore (firstname.lastname@example.org) is ICBA’s group government vp and chief studying and expertise officer