Recipe for Success: How raw pasta and sticky sweets can teach us how to build great Catholic workplaces
It’s not every day we learn something fundamental about ourselves from a marshmallow and some uncooked spaghetti – but the Creating Great Catholic Workplaces workshop was an opportunity to do just that.
Participants were asked to use these two foods, plus some string, to build a tower. Everyone instantly began channeling their inner engineer, but it wasn’t until the end of the challenge that they learned they should have been challenging their inner Braveheart.
That’s because the exercise wasn’t a lesson in structural integrity, but rather, a tutorial about risk. We won’t give away all of the secrets in case we spoil it for those still planning to attend this workshop, but let’s take a quick moment to examine how we approach our daily tasks. When challenges arise, do we jump straight in or do we take a slower, more methodical approach? Do we naturally adopt the safe option? Do we measure success as the avoidance of failure?
“This was a fantastic session with some key takeaways. My organisation will benefit from my learnings.” – Participant
How we respond to these questions tells us a lot about our working styles, and this – in turn – affects the overall achievements and wellbeing of our organisations. Creating great Catholic workplaces might sometimes require us to step outside our comfort zone and take a risk on something different, moving beyond organisational inertia and realising the benefits of doing so. If you want to learn how to do this, we encourage you to come along to our next Great Workplaces workshop. In the meantime, you can click here to get a taste of how to challenge your current responses to new ideas, and learn new recipes for success.