Lessons From Jenga

February 26, 2015 depley

I attended my first full Kick-Off this year. What an exciting time for team Daxko, as we gathered at Ross Bridge for a day of planning and competitive games. I was a member of the Gold Team, which, by the way, won the Top Chef competition. However, we didn’t fare so well in Friday’s Hunger Games.

While all of the Hunger Games were fun, and survivable, unlike their movie counterpart, the game of Jenga, which requires both physical and mental skill, especially captured my attention. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each removed block is then balanced on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller but less stable structure.

I watched excitedly as my team members successfully removed their blocks. Because I was standing near the end of the line, my choices were limited. Teammates told me to touch the blocks in order to discover a loose one. I made my decision and carefully tapped the block in order to remove it without causing the entire structure to crumble. While I was slowly easing the block out, my teammates and opponents shouted words of encouragement, which empowered me to set aside my doubts and remove the block.  Voila!  It came out and I placed it on top of the structure. I did it! With arms pummeling the air, I celebrated my successful move.

Jenga in Swahili means “to build,” and at Daxko we believe in team building. As I look back on the Hunger Games, yes, we were competitive, but the teams were bound by a sense of building. I love the fact that we are encouraged to build something individually, as a team, and as the Daxko nation. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with such talented and gifted teammates. I can’t wait to see what the New Year of 2015 will bring.

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