Thursday, 10 December 2015

Team building day at Holiday Inn Resort, at Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Lunch with my team building gang surrounded by this good view
I remember two years ago, when i was a newbie in my dept, i joined the team building. And that was my first time attending a team building. My boss assigned a task to me, which is to lead a mini ice breaking activity on the bus during our journey to Batu Ferringhi. Ice breaker prior to the ice breaker session which we will have later in the team building! Dont ask me why is that needed.. I had to bring along a guitar to entertain the gang in the bus.. Well, of course it went well and the whole gang enjoyed the session. I need to apologize to those who planned to get a quick nap of 45 min.

This time, I attended another team building session, without my boss! and without any ice breaking session in the bus. So i get to sleep, and the bus was quiet (perhaps my boss did have a good intention to cheer up the atmosphere in the bus in the morning :P)

Thank God for a good weather
I enjoyed the sessions too. One of the activities rather interesting is we did is knowing different type of leaders by building traditional malay house.

We were being separated into 3 teams. Tools and stationary given are two flip chart paper, scissor, straws, markers, masking tape
The 3 leaders are being instructed to behave according to the type of leaders as explained: Laissez-Faire, Autocratic and Democratic during the process of building the house, and of course, without telling anyone in the team of our pre-assigned behavior. The 3 leaders were asked to come forward to present their product at the end of the session and name a price for each of them.

Well, I was one of the leaders and guess which type of leader i need to act as? (hint: the one with the ugliest less attractive house). Yah.. LAISSEZ-FAIRE
It is not easy to pretend to be a care-free boss indeed. During the process, I was asked to lepak around the hotel and just return to check on the status from time to time, without giving any ideas to my team, everything is "as you like / up to you" when my team brought up ideas.

Outcome: (see pics below)

Conclusion: A good leader must be a situational behavior person to be successful, means all these behaviors must be used in different types of situation. All these behaviors are equally important and should be used according to the working environment / situation that one is in.

Of course there were other fun activities for indoor and outdoor. We all enjoyed laughing and cheering together.

It was a good Monday afterall :)