When a group becomes a team

What happens when you put eleven highly motivated, ambitious, energised people into a single room and let them play a business game for two days straight? What happens when those people face deadlines, roadblocks, complex issues and time pressure?

Our pool of ORMIT’ers, pool 29-30, got the answers to these questions during ORMIT’s two-day Business Challenge training. At first, we got chaos. We were shouting, running around, trying to get a good result as fast as possible. Not surprisingly, all we thought about was winning. However, if we continued like this, winning would never even be possible. Chaos may still render results, but never those we hope or aim for.

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As all ORMIT’ers do, we learned fast. Not just about the mechanics of the business game, but even more about what we needed to do as a group, how we had to work together. We saw that our “act-first-communicate-later-attitude” didn’t deliver the desired outcome. We noticed that without overview, without clear processes, reaching high was simply impossible. Luckily, two experienced trainers were at our side to give advice, to point out what was going wrong and to reinforce what was going right.

Our pool developed at a sizzling pace. We grew from a chaotic bunch of ambitious go-getters, to a well-oiled machine. We became a team.

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We realised that in order to win as a group, we needed to work as a team. There is no such thing as becoming a high-performing unit by chance. My advice, our advice: communicate, define roles and responsibilities, set up a plan and most importantly, trust each other!

After two days of the ORMIT Business Challenge, this is what we learned:

  • Communication is essential; Talk to each other and keep talking
  • Define clear roles and responsibilities
  • Set up a plan from the beginning; Don’t be afraid to adjust it along the way
  • And most importantly, trust each other!

So what happens when you put eleven highly motivated, ambitious, energised people into a single room and let them play a business game for two days straight? They become a team …

Toon Aerts

Project Management at ORMIT Belgium
Projects @ ORMIT:
- CRM-implementation and support at Max Havelaar
- Business Analyst (Roxis Team) at GSK
- Project Manager at GSK

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