However, since our institute got shaken up last year with the advent of a new president, it seems the workshop concept has undergone a philosophical overhaul. This time we actually had a schedule that involved team-building exercises, a discussion session, and a motivational speaker.
|Decorating colorful posters|
|The obligatory fist-pumping group photo|
After a team exercise and extended discussion session, we finally headed off to a nearby kalbi restaurant. We had our own private room, equipped of course with a karaoke machine. The kalbi was quite good, with unlimited refills, and we quickly set to it with little conversation until we were well stuffed.
A fresh blanket of snow had fallen the night before, so we enjoyed a round of picture-taking and a brief snowball fight before breakfast.
|Ours was by far the most accurate picture|
|Smiling practice: medium enthusiasm|
|Smiling practice: maximum enthusiasm!|
The trip concluded with a gut-busting lunch at a place that served the local specialty, mak-guksu (cold soba noodles in a big metal bowl with shredded vegetables). We ate until we were stuffed and rolled back into Seoul around mid-afternoon.
The results of our team brainstorming exercises will be shared with the powers that be at the next big committee meeting. I don't know if much will change as a result of our suggestions, but anyway it was a fun chance to see a different part of the country, and all-in-all the team-building exercises were not overly painful. It helps to be with a great group of people.