Spending together four weeks with 10 people you didn’t know at all before is one challenge of the Social Sabbatical. Especially in such a diverse group as we are with colleagues from Australia, China, India, Germany, Mexico, France & Canada, getting to know each other is key for a good team spirit and successful group work.
So, the goal of our second day in Ethiopia was growing together as a group and to learn more about your team members than their professional SAP background. For that purpose our team guides came up with some very creative ideas like human bingo (“Do you have allergies?! No? But you do speak more than 3 languages? Really?! BINGO!!”), a skills matrix and a learning style test. The biggest challenge definitely was the “architects and engineers” exercise where one group (the architects) had to explain how to build a lego figure to the other group (the engineers) – without showing the actual figure.
The lego challenge – we made it!!
What helped even more in becoming one team was definitely our joint dinner – the absolute highlight so far. We had an amazing evening at the Yod Abyssinia with traditional Ethiopian food, live music and Ethiopian dancing. Perhaps it was the honey wine but I think we performed quite good at the traditional dance contest =)
Thank you so much, team, for this unforgettable evening and a great first weekend here in Ethiopia!