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Page 24 of 73 | Mobility 21 During one of the sessions, we were asked, indi- vidually, to identify the direction and vision for the company using images from magazines rather than words. Once we had completed this task, we then placed all the images on a wall and stood back to review them, and then had a brainstorming session to help us identify the future direction and vision of the company from all the contributions. By working together, it meant that we were all invested in the task, and it was clear that everyone was focused on making a success of the company. We were able to create a clearly defined vision for the company that we all believe in and that we were able to bring back to our teams and provide a focus and direction for them. The training program allowed us to realize that by using our collective strengths, we will connect better as a team and be able to achieve greater success as we move forward. To be a success, we need the perfect team with a clear direction and strategy for the company. This experience identified the positive team dynamic that we have at EER and allowed us to develop a clear focus. Marie O'Neill, GMS Head of Business Operations Executive Expatriate Relocations Best team-building experi- ence: a scavenger hunt at the National Museum of American History. Twice a year, following our U.S. conferences, our Worldwide ERC ® team heads out of the office for a team-building activity. Since joining Worldwide ERC ® , I have participated in two. The first was at the Alexandria Escape Room, where we were divided into teams and given a set amount of time to puzzle our way out of a particular mystery-themed room. The second was a scavenger hunt at the National Museum of American History. Both were great activities I probably would never have signed up for on my own, and I really appreciate team build - ing that gives you something novel and new. Of the two, however, I preferred the scavenger hunt. First, it is always great when your company can highlight something that is unique and special about where you live. Washington, D.C., has so much to offer, and I think everyone was reminded of how many amazing cultural and learning opportunities we are afforded just by living here. Also, we were not confined to a small space and were able to stretch our legs and run around a bit. That is a nice change of pace from our every - day—mostly seated—work environment. Last, but not least, the scavenger hunt provided a great way to showcase particular talents within a team. I really got an opportunity to see in action how different people respond during a stressful— albeit contrived—activity. One of our teammates immediately took charge of managing our time, and another kept track of who was investigating what parts of an exhibit for clues. Another team - mate had a great flair for finding small details in the displays, another at building a consensus from our answers. The team environment also demonstrated how our personalities balanced one another. For each team member who stressed speed and efficiency, there was a counterbalance of another who demonstrated the adage that "slow and steady wins the race." It was nice to see how all our strengths worked together and comple - mented one another. Thinking a bit reflectively, I see how I personally negotiated being a member of a team, modulating my own voice to fit with what worked best for the group. The best part of all is that all this learning and understanding came without any of the on-the-nose discussion that so often accompanies team-building exercises, the exhaustive and exhausting cataloguing of personality traits and work preferences. I highly recommend letting your team stretch their legs a bit and learn on their feet through a scavenger hunt in your city! M Katie Vizenor Research Manager Worldwide ERC ® If you're a professional under 40 who would be willing to be featured on this page in a future issue, please contact Heidi Hume at or +1 703 842 3419.

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