At the beginning of the year we rolled out a new Management Development programme. This programme was designed to equip our Recruitment Consultants with the skills we see as crucial to becoming a successful Managing Consultant at Grovelands. The training course runs for 16 weeks, and covers a range of skills including performance management, coaching, engagement, delegation, and more.
Last week we took our delegates on a team building afternoon to Blackland Farm in East Grinstead, as part of the programme. After 14 weeks of hard work we thought they deserved an afternoon out to put their newly acquired skills to the test!
Our first activity was the crate challenge, where we had to build a tower of crates with two of the team on the top. The higher the tower grew, the more it wobbled, until the tower collapsed leaving the pair dangling in the air. Our star performers, Helen and Mike, built their tower up to an impressive 16 crates high, whereas our least successful pairing, James and Shaun, managed just 2 before falling!
Up next were the team building exercises from the towers of Hanoi, getting the team through a web of ropes, and across a swamp with just 5 pieces of wood – not our most successful event, but we made it across with a few seconds to spare.
Finally, we had a chance to swing and jump on the low ropes. The team building spirit was there, but along with a hint of sabotage! The low ropes took took some serious balance and assistance to get across, and even with that you might still end up on the floor!
All in all it was a great afternoon of bonding with a chance to put new leadership and managerial skills to the test. We’ll definitely be giving it another go soon.