Recently Sampson Hall have been in volved with BP in their forming of a new senior sales executive board covering Europe and Asia. The team was drawn from different nationalities from all over Europe and Asia and came together in London in order to get to know each other quickly in a new environment. Sampson Hall delivered two outdoor half day packages to the team, in between their more cerebreal work indoors. Both packages were bespoke and designed to complement the work of their psychologist from Blanshard and Macpherson.
The first day consisted of leaderless tasks and was designed to allow the team to become familiar with one another whilst understanding the practicalities of some of the tasks. The tasks gradually became more complex and the team developed throughout the afternoon, though there were some hard lessons learned in the session; particularly concerning effective communication. The experiential learning approach allowed character traits to be identified amongst the team and was instrumental in developing future working practices.
The second day, after a session reviewing the lessons learned from day one, was far more challenging in terms of geography, communication, planning and strategising, as the problems became exposed to the team. However, it was quickly evident that the lessons from the first day had struck home as the team completed the complex array of problems with ten minutes to spare.
The sessions proved to be a great success with the following comment from their psychologist:
"It was clear from people’s comments that they found these activities both enjoyable and useful. We got a lot of relevant learning from the concentrated experience.... The team improved their delivery quite remarkably between the first activities and the second set. And were able to locate the source of that improvement in their feelings and behaviour."
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