The team dynamic is a key part of the Executive MBA experience in many programs, including the Sellinger School’s. Shifts in the teams generally take place midway through each program and are often met with anxiety and trepidation. To help students work through this transition, EMBA Executive Coach and Bluewater Advisory Chief Talent Officer Mark Debinski developed a creative and insightful exercise to help students navigate the realignment—rock climbing.
Students met at EarthTreks, an indoor climbing center in Timonium, Md., and went through sharing and team-building exercises incorporating the climbing rope they would be using later that day.
"Our goal was to provide EMBA students with a physical and experiential re-teaming program since they already discussed theory and other readings around teaming and relationship management the previous year," said Debinski.
Debinski’s goals for the day included teambuilding for the new academic year, trust, camaraderie, and fun.
"The re-teaming process is meant to help students learn as much about themselves as their team, and the climbing exercise provides a terrific platform for quick bonding in the new teams," said Debinski. "It is rare your business environment is constant and, as an executive, you must master relationship-building skills and learn how to work with and manage different teams, often on short notice."
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