This past Wednesday the Team from I Got Mind and over 20 employees from Wild Rose Brewery ventured outside of the city to Rafter Six Ranch Resort. In store for the day – a team building exercise involving the ropes course. After all, what could possibly be better than combining a brewery and a ropes course?
After leaving Calgary on a coach bus around 12:30, Bob spent the ride up discussing motivation, ‘The Attitude of Gratitude,’ and had each member fill out a short questionnaire – you know, the kinds of questions like, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, which 3 team members would you want with you on the island and why?”
The excitement started to build when we pulled in to Rafter Six Ranch Resort and everybody was a bit giddy. With a few minutes before everyone was supposed to meet, some checked out the ponies, others explored the lodge and the grounds, and a few had a drink while taking in the scenery. Of course, you can’t just go on a ropes course, so everyone was herded into a room where waivers were signed and a few safety precautions were discussed.
Next, the group made its way over to the course and had a few laughs as a few team members struggled to make their way into their harnesses properly. A few more safety lessons and it was time to climb. The group focused on staying positive, supporting each other, and communication. While that was not always the case, the team did a fantastic job making their way through the 18 obstacles meters off the ground.
The team chatted throughout the entire exercise and it was great to hear those ahead offering advice and everyone offering words of encouragement. The high light seemed to be the zip line down as a lot of hoots and hollers were heard. Then again, it might have been the highlight because there were cold beverages at the end!
As we left Rafter Six Ranch and boarded the bus back to Calgary, there was a buzz in the air. While most were physically exhausted, spirits were high. Bob compared it to the times he was on the road with the team and they would pull off a big win. Trust was gained, relationships cemented, and fear overcome. It was a fantastic team building exercise and an event I Got Mind and Wild Rose will remember for years to come.