SIRC goes from strength to strength, recognizing the need to build on the unique culture that has been an integral part of SIRC’s success since it first opened it’s doors in 2002. You really got to hand it to them, the organization is run better than most so-called successful companies I am exposed to here in Canada.
Thanks to SIRC’s Esha Thapa Dhungana’s leadership, SIRC’s Lekhnath Paudel’s HR expertise, Livability International’s guidance and funding from UKAid, a team building training session was devised and Raman Nepali was hired to lead the training. The idea behind this training session was to improve coordination and communication amongst staff, bringing together the long-serving staff members with those hired in the past year.
The objective of the Training was:
- Create the climate of TRUST among all SIRC staff
- Improve the personal relationships and understanding among staff
- Deliver the basic principles of team work like team leadership, coordination, communication, conflict management etc
Over 80% of SIRC’s staff attended, the remaining stayed at the Spinal Centre in Bhainsepati to care for the patients. With various collections points across the Kathmandu Valley, the staff arrived at Gokarna Forest Resort and were served breakfast at 8am before the day got started.
The program was participatory and fun-filled and included breaking the groups into teams with ice-breaker exercises where the teams got to know one another before then taking part in many activities that focused on developing a team spirit, sharing team values and encouraging trust among team members.
Games were also played that helped staff see the importance of team coordination, team leadership, team conflict and team communication.
By the end of the day, each team appointed a leader to present the team’s three most important learnings from the activities and games, as well as the lessons learned in relation to team coordination, building trust, team communication, conflict resolution. As expected, most team had very similar results.
5pm, everyone was pretty tired and happy with the training, and Esha promised to somehow manage the budget so that team building sessions such as this, would become an annual event.
It wouldn’t be Nepal with some music and dancing, and despite the fact that everyone was pretty tired after such a full day, that did not stop the party.
The SIRCUS Band rocked out Nepal’s well known songs for three hours … far longer than was planned but everyone just loved it. SIRCUS is a newly formed band of 4 members – all wheelchair users – three of whom are SIRC staff members: Prajwal Yonghang, Kesh Bahadhur Gurung and Ram Tamang (of the Yaatra fame). [photo of the band to come!]
And no SIRC party would be complete without a song from Stephen 🙂
A hugely successful day-long training event for the SIRC staff.
Lekhnath’s comment to me really says it all: “The main tagline of the training was “ENJOY, LEARN, GROW”, and I think we have achieved something from it. And I am committed to carry out such big and small level team work session in coming future.”
Well said Lekhnath.