Our class started with a little challenge called the Marshmallow Challenge.
Our group quickly planned a way of putting up the highest marshmallow structure in the class. The materials are limited so have to maximize every piece. We have to make sure that there will be enough material for the structure we have in mind and waste nothing.
We started with a square base so we could have a stable foundation but the spaghetti pieces we used were so small we can barely hold it. A stick broke at some point which reminded us how fragile the material is. We decided then that we need a bigger base and opted for a triangular base.
The challenge seemed easy at first until we started building our tower. It was tricky and the constant reminder how much time we have left is quite unnerving but as MBA students we are used to working under pressure. We have to focus and stay calm otherwise our structure will fall. We didn’t have a leader who took charge. We were open to ideas and tried another approach once the first one turned out to be not so feasible. We had our own task such as tying the straw rope around the sticks, cutting tapes/straw strips and holding the tower while it is in progress. We have to keep a steady hand all throughout the process.
Despite the tricky challenge we still had fun. It was not a matter of making he tallest taller but making sure that it remain standing. We didn’t win but our tower stood tall long after other groups’ fell. We were so proud of our tower and ended up with a group with high morale and respect for each other.
The challenge thought me several things such as: listening to other members as they might have better ideas, trying a different approach when the current one is not working, staying calm and composed amidst pressure and chaos and enjoying the process instead of obsessing about it.