A day-hike to Skandagiri changes team dynamics at Google

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A day-hike to Skandagiri changes team dynamics at Google

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By Latika Payak

2023-10-14

A team from Google is noticing a perceptible shift in their team dynamics after merely a day’s hike to Skandagiri with Indiahikes.

How did the shift happen?

“It was not an easy trek. It was sunny, and quite a few participants found themselves outside their comfort zone. Then, through a simple exercise, we nudged them to look at the situation from a different perspective. Instead of responding with panic, we prompted them to respond from a place calm.

Soon, we noticed a shift. They began appreciating each other’s presence on the trek. It was an incredible shift to witness. They started enjoying the cool breeze in the warm sun, they began appreciating little things about the trek,” shares Urja Joshi, Trek Leader and member of the Experiential Learning team, who led the trek.

Back in the office, this shift in perspective brought about a noticeable change in their team dynamics.

"I can already see a change in their interaction," Google's Team Leader Srivatsa Kumar shared with Urja after the trek.

Since 2016, we have had several reputed companies from a diverse cross-section come on this programme with us. We have seen that in a short span of time—on a trek—the team starts bonding beautifully. This increases mutual trust between team members, enhances their ability to work well in a team, communicate more effectively, solve problems consultatively, and work cooperatively towards a common goal.

This transformation lays a strong foundation for collaborative leadership within the team, which is the need of the hour for most modern work spaces.

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Latika Payak

Senior Content Writer

About the author

Latika is a Senior Content Writer and one of the rare team members who has seen Indiahikes from its initial days. She was among the first few to begin creating content at Indiahikes, documenting treks around Maharasthra, interviewing trekkers and writing their stories.

Latika started trekking after joining Indiahikes and has trekked to Roopkund, Hampta Pass, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Tarsar Marsar, and Har Ki Dun.

With a strong background in print media and have worked with several publications. Latika is always hunting for great stories hidden in the folds of the mountains. Horror stories from ancient routes and villages of the Himalayas are her favourite.

She is presently working on bringing out news from the remote trekking regions of our country.

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