Have you ever imagined what you could accomplish in 18 minutes? Run a few miles, fold your laundry, add the final touches to that project you’ve been neglecting, clean out your e-mail cache, or even write a blog?
Recently, the Hannon Hill team was challenged with creating the tallest freestanding structure, utilizing a specified supply of resources in a limited amount of time…just 18 minutes. Everyone was divided into teams and given 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, one yard of string, one yard of tape, and one marshmallow to design and build their team structures.
The Marshmallow Challenge is a collaborative activity that challenges the communication, time-management, and project planning/implementation skills of every participant. At Hannon Hill, our team participates in a team-building activity on the 3rd Friday of every month. We value and understand the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Our company and culture can only thrive and grow with the outstanding talents, dedication, and performance of every team member. Cross-department collaboration is imperative to the sustainability of any team. Our team dynamic is comprised of a variety of roles, which ultimately assisted in the success of the winning team. Our winning team included software engineers, web developers, and marketers!
Although each team created unique and independent designs, used various materials, and engaged in different implementation methods; every team was successful in creating a free-standing structure. The lessons we learned during this activity can be applied in our everyday tasks and routines. Cross-collaboration, teamwork, strategy, communication, and innovation will always be successful drivers of any company and culture. The Marshmallow Challenge delivered a refresher course in these timeless principles, and we strongly encourage your organization or team to participate in a similar excercise when time permits.
Challenge yourself to push past any perceived limitations of time, resources, or skill and you’ll be amazed at all you can accomplish!