A few weeks ago a client and I decided to adventure to an Escape Room to try our luck, and wow did I learn some great lessons on strategy and business.
In case you’re wondering, an escape room is a physical adventure game where a group of players is given a time limit and a secret plot, and they are required to solve a series of puzzles and clues to complete the objective.
It’s super fun, you should try it.
Normally a group of 6 teams up because there is more brainpower to solve the puzzles and find the clues.
The fact that my client and I wanted to tackle this as a pair tells you a lot about my personality and my clients. We don’t mess around.
We chose the Titanic challenge and we had 60 minutes to save the boat from sinking by getting to the engine room and restoring power.
And no, we didn’t get to meet Kate Winslet, although I think my client secretly wanted to.
Okay, maybe I did too…and NO I didn’t cry when Leo died. Haha. But, I digress.
So, here are the cool lessons I learned about strategy and business along the way:
I am sure you’re wondering if we finished the challenge and saved Leo from drowning.
Come on, really?…of course we did. We didn’t beat the record time and we needed a hint (because there is one impossible puzzle involving the gun), but we learned a lot about teamwork.
By the way, I highly recommend an outing like this for your leadership team to build teaming and morale. It was better than I thought.
Oh, and the last lesson I learned? Surround yourself with people smarter than you. The only reason we made it with two people is because Chad is one of the smartest guys I know.
Make sure the team you are building is filled with all Eagles and not Pigeons.
So what can you apply to your business?
Do you need to set more time limits and deadlines?
Do you need to take more risks and move with more urgency?
Do you need to communicate more often and earlier?
Do you need to check your ego at the door?
Do you need to divide and conquer and let others leverage their strengths?
Whatever it is, write down one action you are committed to in the next 48 hours. Who knows, you may just rescue you a bunch of passengers and avoid the iceberg like we did.
Here’s to you saving some lives too,
P.S. If you haven’t received my workbook on breaking through your limiting beliefs, post your email below and we’ll send it your way!