Does 160mph Wind Make You More Creative and Fuel Growth?
October 13, 2009
You’re brain is tired, but your body wants to go. I find this to be the typical sensation following one of our quarterly off-site planning sessions for Grasshopper. I’ve looked at data, talked for hours, and at the end of it all, it’s nice to give your mind a rest and find an outlet for that pent-up physical energy.
So, for all of the quarterly planning sessions at Grasshopper, I’ve tried to find something fun and different to do at the end of the day. My goal is to give people a release and also build group interaction based on something other than talking about Grasshopper.
Does standing over a jet propeller pushing air at 160mph fuel growth and build a team?
I think indirectly it does. Why? Because growth as a company and as an individual requires you to go outside of your comfort zone and try new things.
Working at a small company like Grasshopper means people’s roles are not as rigid as at larger companies, and we foster this. By getting to know each other outside of our comfort zones and riding a 160 mph wave of air, we get to see each other excited, maybe scared, and most definitely exhilarated. So, you end up growing as a team and as a person. That’s the whole point.