It could be worse. You could work for Convergys.
May 4, 2007 12:39 PM
The Business Courier reports on their leadership team building activities out at Camp Joy:
A group of co-workers, their fates bound together by a shared goal, works earnestly but with growing frustration toward that objective. Frankly, nobody seems to know who's in charge or exactly what path to take. And just when they think they're close, the goal seems to have changed. They're struggling through the "vision walk" exercise at Joy Outdoor Education Center (Camp Joy), and things are getting tense....
During the vision walk, instructors hike small groups through the woods to a goal - in this case, a bottle of laundry detergent, which they'll have to find later while blindfolded. Then they're returned to the base spot and given 10 minutes to strategize.
Immediately, everyone falls into their typical leadership and teamwork skills. Some people start giving orders; others try to analyze and strategize. Several have taken the time to count the number of footsteps between base and the goal. Others give advice on finding direction and keeping solid footing. And some just seem to fade into the background, struggling to be heard above the noise or seeming to give up.
What about the ones standing on the sidelines, complaining about how stupid this all is? Aren't there any of those?
Once blindfolded, the group members are told they must remain connected with a hand on the person nearest them. And then Mar Feder, a human resources manager for a large local corporation and an adjunct instructor at Joy, throws the first of many monkey wrenches into the assignment - Justin Awls, who has emerged during the group's planning as a leader and placed himself at the front of the search-team line, must move to the back of the line and remain silent for the entire exercise.
The sad thing? I bet Justin Awls is reading this Business Courier article and thinking "How cool is it that? They said I emerged as a leader!"
Anyway, I too am a Camp Joy Leadership Training Grad. But I was forced to go through this crap when I was in the 9th Grade. Seven Hills makes each freshman class go there for a weekend, to bond, become a team, and overcome fears. You know, b.s. like that. It involves lots of walking around in the woods, trying to get a whole group over a wall, and doing a ropes course up in the trees. And you know what? The "Team Building Activities" were too asinine even for that grade level. Why is Convergys making adults do this?