Flipping on Luck

These days, our continuous learning sessions have been extremely fun (they have always been fun filled). Of late, we have been bringing various twists and turns into the activities that are a part of these sessions, and the fun as well as the learning has doubled. This time too, Shubham, who led this week’s activity session brought in a couple of twists and turns.

If you are wondering what are these continuous learning sessions is all about – we have these weekly sessions that are led by a team member where we have an activity that leads to some sort of learning, usually, a skill – both soft and hard, team bonding and building, leadership, etc. It is a fun way to learn so new things. The idea behind the continuous learning session is our principle that we learn continuously and never stop learning.

For us, it works well. It has led to our personal and professional development. The session is not just get a gateway to great learning, but also to great fun and entertainment (we have had some hilarious episodes and remarks that have us rolling out with laughter). Believe me when I say that these sessions are also great stress-busters for all of us. Every session brings us closer as a team. We have seen increased productivity, team bonding, skills enhancement/development among us and it is a great culture to have in the workplace.

Coming back to Shubham’s activity – he tied up 3 activities together in one session (initially, when we started out with the sessions, we would just have one, but now we bring more activities). We also had two levels or rounds for this activity. The top three winners from the first level or round would go to play in the second round. Winning a round was about who completed a round faster. We made 5 teams with 3 members each. Each team member was in charge of the one of 3 activities.

Shubham had a motto behind his activity. He tested the luck by chance theory with this activity. He felt that if you win once, it is by luck but you really won if you kept on winning time and again. He also wanted to see how a team performed when there was chaos and when pressure increased, how the team came together to finish the task. This activity also gave each team member an important task to do (everybody had individual contributions to make towards success of a team).

The activities were simple (or seemingly simple). The tasks for each activity is as below:

  1. Flipping the Bottle

A bottle half-filled with water was placed on the table. The team had to flip it in such a way that it has to land on its bottom on the table. If the bottle landed on its side or was not stable on the table they had to do it again till the bottle erect stood on its bottom.

  1. Flipping the Cup on to the Bottle

This was the follow-up activity on the first one. Once the bottle landed perfectly on the table. Two cups were placed on either side of the bottle and a team member had to flip the cups in such a way that it landed top down on the bottle and formed a lid.

  1. Throwing the Ball into the Cup

This was the last activity. A cup would be kept on the table. We had to throw a ball into the cup from a distance of 5 feet.

There were multiple tries with each of these games. We had assumed a level of difficulty for each game, but then it was nothing like what we thought. Some of us thought that flipping the bottle would be the most difficult, but flipping the cup turned out difficult for them. The fastest 3 three teams went into the final round to repeat all the 3 games once again. In the final round, Yogita’s team was the fastest and won the activity.

Now, towards the star activity of our session – the learning. This time a few of us decided to go for the observation part instead of the learning

 It was very clear that it was a fun activity. Rajlakshmi’s learning was how to work during stress. Pan icing never helps and staying calm is the key.

Sakshi observed that cup stacking was difficult than flipping the bottle (she initially thought that this would be difficult)

Astha thought that luck was the key. Prajakta’s learning was the same as Rajlakshmi – to stay calm under stress. Some things seem easy but it not always so.

Heena also thought that cup stacking was difficult and same that if the performance is not consistent, then practice makes it perfect.

Avinash loved this unique activity and the way they divided the team based on birth dates. He also felt that it was like an IPL match as only the winners in the first game passed on the finals.

Yogitatoo felt that flipping the bottle would be difficult but it was not so.

Monali, who was on Yogita’s team thought they played well and there was no chaos.

Bhanu said that they started the game slowly and as time passed and they realized they came under pressure.

Vivek loved how the team was formed with birthdays. For him, he had focused on learning the skill and was not intent on achieving it (one of his traits). For the first time, he realized what it was to be a laggard as he couldn’t flip the cups on to the bottle. He tried but couldn’t and then Pritam told him that he would try. His learning was that think of the possibilities – in his case the next two team were yet to try and they could still win this. His other learning was that when you are losing, look up at your teammates and never give up unless they tell you.

Pritam believed it was more of luck than strategy to which Vivek quipped that the losing team will always say that. 😀

Abhilash was all about never giving up; Amit believed that it was a beginner’s luck (as they won the first round) and never rely on luck.

Bhushan said that Hamza once again proved that early celebration is always dangerous (that was his learning) and to always look at the competitor to see how they achieved it. For Hamza, it was about coping and covering. Overall, it was fun and there were simple learnings that would come handy any day. Another round? Any day!

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