Editors note: below is an open letter to the Concordia team written by their trainers.
Dear Concordia 2012 winter crew: Stephane, Erick, Giorgio, Igor, Bimbo, Roberto, Gerard, Mattia, Guillaume, Sebastien, Alexander, Barbara and Bruno,
Complete Concordia team poses in front of the base
Your trainers have regrouped for another Human Factor seminar. As usual we discussed the challenges of working in stressfull environments, and the individual and team behaviour that help deal with these challenges.
We put people through complex exercises and get them to reflect on the way they communicate with the rest of the team. We find individual preferences for the roles they wish to play in a team, and how they affect team dynamics.
Every time we have a new seminar, we think of past training seminars, and so we started talking about your training for Concordia in Paris last year.
Do you remember last October the seminar started with a great introduction of yourselves and life at Concordia, including some wonderful live demonstrations. Your first success as a new team was to swiftly resolve the “flying carpet” problem with some ingenious moves (as you know, we cannot describe the exercise as it would give future participants ...