I was sure that, in the aftermath of the economic downturn and the “AIG Effect”, we could finally say good riddance to companies using extreme activities as a substitute for real team building. Based on recent CNN report, this is not the case.
Here are some excerpts:
“The desert experience involves archery and a “fire walk” across hot coals. The latter activity is intended to leave participants energized and on a “spiritual high,” ready to attempt an even more cathartic challenge — having an arrow pressed against their throat until it snapped.”
“…..held in the Rockies. Participants are given snowshoes, beacons and taught alpine survival skills, before trekking deep into avalanche country. Their guides then tell them there has been an avalanche, that they will have to overnight in the snow, and they need to begin building snow shelters immediately.”
“”A day out of the office trialling the Jetlev R200 — a personal, water-powered jet pack that can propel the wearer 30 feet in the air over water — fits the bill.”
“Another option for executives seeking an invigorating buzz is to take to the skies in an Italian military training plane for an old-fashioned dog fight.”
Is this for real?
The National Post has reported that, even the Sky Tower in Auckland, N.Z. has billed its walk around its circumference, 192 metres above the ground without handrails as “the ideal corporate team-building activity”.
At least CN Tower has described it Edgewalk attraction which involves a walk around the circumference and balancing off the tower as an “extreme urban adventure” and not team building.
What do any of these activities have to do with team building?
- Bungee jumping off bridges in Australia
- Controlled free falls from a 260 metres launch pad at Sky Jump in Las Vegas
- Getting set on fire, jumping through breakaway windows or falling down stairs at stunt schools in Australia and California.
- Have some companies learned nothing from the events of the past 3 1/2 years?
- What are the benefits?
- Where is the R.O.I.?
- How do any of these activities contribute to the bottom line?
- Why are some companies still spending on these extreme activities instead of real team building?
- How can any CEO cost justify any of these activities, particularly when the economic recovery is still so fragile?
I hope that some executives will come by and share their perspective.
Photo Credit: kate mcarthy (Flickr)
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