Monday, November 03, 2008

Overheard


Lizzie to Gillian: OK, I think we have everything we need for the retreat except the rope and the blindfolds...

Don't get too excited, this is Gillian and Lizzie preparing for a 2-day organizational development retreat. We are going to play a communication game called "Islands" . We spent today finding planks, plywood sheets, beanbags, and bricks - more titilating details on how it went later...

3 comments:

Susanna said...

I belonged to the group that was blindfolded.... ;-)

Gillian Martin Mehers said...

Hi Susanna,

...and how did that make you feel?

Susanna said...

Well, I felt reassured that I was still allowed to use my voice. I knew that I could still communicate whatever I wanted even if I couldn't see. I knew I could always ask for some 'unrestricted' help.

In fact, I had chosen to be blindfolded because I thought it would stretch me more, since I know I'm a very visually minded person. I was surprised at how confident I felt among my fellow blindfolded team mates. I would have hated to be on the 'mute' team...

What frustrated me was when my team mates did not want to share our objectives verbally. I realized I was more trusting than the rest of them. I didn't manage to convince them we should share. I put myself back for the sake of the team. In hindsight I should have insisted more that it was safe and mutually conducive to share.