Many Legos, One Team
Do you know that kind of feeling that usually takes over when you are attending a workshop with your co-workers? That sleepy and soporific strength that strikes you right when you are unarmed and most vulnerable? Can you recall it? Because I totally can. Most of the workshops I’ve attended, both during my university’s years and my working’s ones, had that exact effect on me. Like I would have rather prefer to study or work instead of being there!
Well… today it was not the case! As a matter of fact, for once, I’ve actually attended an entertaining and useful workshop, here at 4THEVISION.
Held by Shinhye Grace Park, business designer at Seedground, the Open & Connect Workshop was, in fact, an opportunity to get to know my co-workers more and to better understand their personalities and thoughts, how I was unable to do until now due to the language gap between us. You might ask “How was it possible?”. Well, of course thanks to Mrs. Park communication skills, but also thanks to the unusual tools she used to let us express in the best way: the Legos!
Let’s play adults’ Lego: “Making the Duck”
Through the famous little plastic pieces we were, indeed, able to work on our logic, our creativity and, most important, on our team work.
The first task was building a duck with only six pieces in one minute and it was surprising to see that, among 8 people, there were not even two identical. It’s fascinating to understand how differently anyone can see and figure out the reality. So then, the challenge was to build one duck with 12 pieces but in two, working together with just one hand each (one left, one right) and without speaking. The ducks were once again different, but this time they were the result of a collaboration of two minds, and they were all upgraded, giving us more satisfaction, thanks to the mutual efforts.
Build and learn how to communicate
Furthermore, right after, we were asked to build another character together (in my case, with my teammate, we had to build one of the Ninja Turtles) and, this time, afterward, we had to guess the others. The teams-work was so great that all the characters were easily guessed!
On the second half of the workshop the tasks became more personal and allowed us to know each other better and deeper. As a matter of fact, we were asked to use the Legos to 1) build a submarine 2) describe ourselves 3) describe our personal work in our company and finally to 4) build together a model of the company itself. Through these multiples and various tasks we laughed, we learnt and we grew as a team. Even I, who still lack a lot in Korean, was able to understand more than ever about everybody… it was so easy with a built picture of their thoughts made with Legos, right there, in front of me!
In short, it was a great opportunity for all the team to develop a strongest relationship and, especially for me, it was a great chance to learn something new in an innovative and enjoyable way about each one of us!
Written by Giulia Barbuzzi (Italian Intern at 4THEVISION)