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Inspirational or a waste of precious slacking-off time? I once went on a buzzword bingo-laden training course which ended up with my being held at gunpoint in public. Could have gone better, to be honest. Tell us your tales from either side of the lectern

(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 15:01)
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A couple of years after I started work my company decided to send all the bright young things on a particular training course meant to improve leadership skills. It was one of those courses with outdoor activities for teambuilding, some basic pyschology, and a lot of introspection and talking about yourself and the others on the course. We all had to learn to give and take honest feedback. I was in the first batch to go: 9 of us, all around the same age. We had a great time, all got on well, really bonded as a team.

The second group to go didn't have the same experience. They went on exactly the same course, with the same trainer. When they returned several of them were no longer talking to other people in the group. A couple of people had walked out of certain sessions, some in tears. Within a few months 2 people had left the department and 1 had left the company.

Of course they were all sworn to secrecy and wouldn't divulge detailes of what happened. No one else was sent on that course.
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 16:14, 4 replies)
Probably an age thing.
If I was forced to go on something like that, aged 45, I'd behave appallingly, just out of spite.
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 16:22, closed)
I can't help feeling that telling people what you really think of them
isn't always a good team building exercise.
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 16:56, closed)
This ^
Surely being part of any successful team is knowing when and when not to open your gob?
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 17:10, closed)
I'm sure you're right
it's just that the course was structured specifically to allow this to happen in a supposedly safe environment. THe course was run (and in fact still is) for dozens of people a week. I guess you just sometimes get groups who don't gel
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 17:41, closed)

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