Discovery challenge in Beijing

Published on 29 Jul 2010

Client: Emerson

Outcomes: Appreciation of company leadership competencies, team bonding and problem solving.

Team Building Asia produced a customised treasure-hunt based challenge for leading energy company Emerson as part of their annual leadership development program in Beijing. From the initial brief, The Discovery Challenge was created and fine-tuned to incorporate the seven leadership competencies required by all the senior leadership at Emerson.

In The Discovery Challenge, participating teams were allocated a Discovery Wheel, booklet, digital camera, mapand a limited budget to move around the city. The booklet detailed instructions, timings and application of each leadership competency, as well as a list of twenty locations for teams to select which particular places they wanted to visit. Locations such as The Bird’s Nest, Water Cube and Forbidden City attractions which were further out or were more challenging attracted more points.

On arrival at the location, teams used the Discovery Wheel to reveal the actual challenge. These ranged from finding trivia, taking innovative team photos to meeting with our event marshal to complete a team problem solving task.

Teams completed as many locations in the time allowed, returned to the hotel on deadline to submit their answers and took part in a team debriefing. While our main facilitator led the back-to-work application and strategic references to the Emerson Leadership Competencies, our event marshals tallied the scores and displayed the team photos.

Once the winners for Highest Team Score and Best Team Photos were announced, the final messages were reinforced and the team celebrations began.

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