In a room filled with future business leaders, an unusual challenge was set. In 60 seconds, stack 10 nuts using only a chopstick. Without a guest speaker or a boss in sight, fun and games were the highlight of the latest RSM Future Leaders event at the National Press Club in Canberra.
International audit, tax and consulting services firm RSM designed the Future Leaders program to provide networking and business development opportunities for young professionals.
Called Minute to Win It, teams challenged each other in fun and suspense-filled games, with something to cater to all types of hidden skill sets. Round after round, teams attempted what looked like simple tasks but with only 60 seconds to finish, the pressure was on.
RSM Future Leaders chair Chris Oates says the well-attended events give young businesspeople a chance to broaden their networks in a fun and relaxed environment.
“There are many opportunities for the current crop of business leaders to network but we want to provide an opportunity for our future leaders to network and make new contacts. We are aiming at younger people moving up through the ranks of business. RSM Future Leaders provides an opportunity for mid-level young leaders to meet people on a similar path at a similar point in their career.”
RSM runs a number of Future Leaders events throughout the year, ranging from panel discussions to interactive activity-based networking sessions, to more relaxed events like Minute to Win It.
“Hosting an event with a speaker and drinks afterwards is not an ideal way for people to meet and build contacts. The games were a great way to get the teams networking and working together, it was a much better icebreaker as everyone relaxed pretty quickly and had a lot of fun. The atmosphere was definitely more relaxed,” Oates said.
“For the Minute to Win It event, we split everyone into teams to play 60-second games. The games were designed to be fun and they really encouraged teamwork. Each challenge used household items like tissues, spoons, plastic cups and straws, and while they all seemed easy, as the clock ticked down, they became quite hard. Personalities were definitely in play for some of the challenges.”
Oates says there was plenty of positive feedback after the event.
“Feedback is important to us. We want to know that we are achieving our goals. By all reports, the group enjoyed the networking opportunities with other young professionals within similar industries and they would definitely recommend RSM Future Leaders event to others.”
RSM has active Future Leader forums operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.
“Clients, staff and other young businesspeople attend our events from a variety of business backgrounds but they all have one thing in common – they are looking to expand their professional network and meet Canberra’s next generation of leaders.”
The next Canberra Future Leaders event will be held in early 2020.
For more information on Future Leaders visit RSM Australia.