Importance of Teamwork
Here in Acadsoc, we are a family, we have a community and thankfully it is constantly growing. During the beginning of this week I joined our teambuilding activity in the Quezon City office, and these are the main facets of what we all learned.
First activity during our day was the LAVA ISLAND. This activity made us lie in the mud, measure the distance place a bottle and made us reach for it without stepping out of the hula-hoop containing all of our teammates. A person can reach that with the help of another person holding their feet and arm. One needs to trust your comrades to lift you and enable you to reach your goal- the bottle. In this activity we showed each other the trust and not just an itty-bitty amount; but the whole lot of it. This is something very important factor in our team; we need to trust each other in order to get results.
The second phase of our bucket list is the nail in the string. In this activity we need to be in pairs, stretch out a string of nylon knotted to create 2 strings and balance a nail in the middle and walk for about 7 feet before landing it in a pail. This activity made us coordinate with each other really. Every single step has to be synchronized. Patience with each other is a must or else the nail will fall into the ground and you need to start anew. This is a great comparison with how a team should work. One can’t be always too fast or too quick and leave behind their colleagues and go solo. In our team here in Acadsoc we aim for the best, but we don’t leave the others behind; we wait; we bear. This is what makes us the best.
Third activity was a relay. At first I was developing an idea, why a relay? There is no teamwork here; we go alone, one by one. On the latter part of the day, our kind facilitator told us why. When one person is doing the relay of hopping, of running, of stacking up glasses; what do the others do in the background? They cheer right? Well, in a team, it is unavoidable that one person gets discouraged, gets demotivated. The only means to reverse that kind of cycle is by motivating a person. Same way of how we teach a person. People, according to science need to hear something 16 times before they get it into their memory permanently. In this case, one act of demotivation needs as much repetition as a person who needs it to be in their memory. You need to motivate a person up to 16 times before you can motivate a person. Sometimes we may overlook it, but a good word is worth than applause from a whole stadium to a person who is demotivated.
Our fourth activity was a sack race. It is not the ordinary sack race we know of, not the traditional one! This race made us all fit into the sack upright and roll the sack with everyone inside it like a wheel. We had to keep everything synchronized; our steps- even the size of it; the movement of the arms, etc. Cooperation with each other and coordination is how this is done. Sometimes in our work we tend to forget the people around us. We have our own methods, own means to do a certain task. Yes this may be effective at first but in the long run this is unhealthy. This activity too helped us adjust ourselves in the sense that some of us move quickly, come slowly; and since we are all in one sack wherein we have to move together; the faster ones slow down to wait up for the slower ones. True essence of the team here!
The next activity made us stop for a few minutes. The Mud pits. We needed to crawl under the bamboo slots halfway submerged into a pool of mud. In order for one to pass a bamboo slot, you need to lower your head on the mud, and slip underneath. The hesitancy of each one; the fear all faced. When problems come in our lives, what is your initial reaction? Do you feel happy? Of course not; you tend to look for a way out. You cower; this is normal, no worries. Well, this one we couldn’t skip. One by one we dove into the mud. Crawling like babies and keeping our heads down to avoid the mud getting into our eyes. I personally think, I bumped into all the bamboo I had to pass through. This made us all realize that no matter how difficult, no matter how hard, we could do it for the sake of our team! #teamgoals!
Finally we reached the ROPE BRIDGE-TARZAN activity. This was the activity wherein we need to cross a rope bridge, cross the river wherewith sandbags are swinging that we needed to avoid then make the leap of swinging from one side of the river to the other while holding on to a rope. One of our greatest struggles for that day, but it’s totally worth the fun. Yes, only a few succeeded; we know it is not really the perk of being able to do it that matters; it was the experience; the memory; and lastly, the bravery of it all.
These were the activities our team in Quezon City had last Monday, August 20th, 2018. This made our team stronger, more confident to change the challenges of being a teacher not alone, but with each other as a team. Our shirts bore the motto: GO BIG OR GO HOME; we chose to go big, hope you do too.