Apart from a couple of cheeky social pictures, we were mostly offline last Friday for a well deserved team day. To celebrate the end of the financial year and to give each other a pat on the back for hitting and exceeding our targets we took the day to reflect, enjoy a meal together and partake in a bit of karaoke – with most of these happenings taking place in Chinatown.
Dan kick started the day with a team reflection, we brainstormed ways we could get our Hack Day ideas off the ground, drafted wireframes for the new twenty4 website and ran through an exercise called ‘Mountains and Valleys’ – a silent exercise that proved to be the most popular of the morning, it asked us to graph the lows and highs of our lives or of a specific time period ultimately highlighting our values and how we perceive success.
Continuing on with the theme of reflection, we dived into all the projects we’d undertaken in the last 12 months, what went well, what didn’t go so well, what we learnt and how we could better approach similar projects. With a colourful array of post-it notes we decorated a white board wall with our ideas, aspirations and misgivings.
It was interesting to see how closely aligned all our thoughts were when each individual placed their post-it note on the wall. There’s 9 of us in the Melbourne studio and apart from those ‘headphones on’ moments we all have an ear on what’s going on; we know the wins, the losses, the clients, the timelines, and the prospects before any meeting needs to be had. It might sound a bit like eavesdropping but I’m going to argue that it’s not. It’s all about communication, it’s about bouncing ideas off each other and sharing knowledge. We’re a tight knit group in the truest sense, it’s all of us or nothing – that’s what I learnt last Friday.
Following the morning’s exercises we headed on over to teppanyaki for a bit of fun with Johnny, the Japanese chef who cooked up a storm. We all know you’re not suppose to play with your food but when push comes to shove you’ve got to play the egg throwing game. With pieces of egg flying around the room mostly because Josh’s beard prevented him from catching any in his mouth, we had Jake and Dan able to catch it first go, Rowan struggling like a fish out of water, and Matt head butting egg much to the hysterics of Zaac.
Precursor to our surprise activity we moved onto Section 8 and Ferdydurke’s for a drink or two to loosen up.
Next up, showtime. With only the organisers in the know, we were led up a narrow stairwell and found ourselves in Stars KTV, a karaoke joint – with our own private booth we were able to let out our inner divas. Starting off with a bit of Celine Dion ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and some One Direction from boy band Dan, we were surprised perhaps an hour into karaoke when Rowan grabbed the mic and rapped to ‘Gold Digger’.
All and all, team day was a great success and we’re hoping to have many more, to celebrate, to reflect and ultimately, to have fun.