Those long summer days filled with Capture the Flag, Tug of War, and scavenger hunts…time spent away from home, meeting new people, sharing goodies from home and telling ghost stories after lights out…who knew all that fun was setting the stage for our careers? Whether we knew it or not, that summer fun was all about personal development and beginning to develop emotional intelligence.
Certainly, we learned a lot about ourselves at summer camp—what our strengths were, where we needed to grow, and how others see us. We developed greater independence and confidence. Beyond that, we learned the people skills, teamwork, and collaboration that help us succeed as adults in the workplace. Our summer camp experience was as much about how we interacted with others as it was about what we did on our own. And, our effectiveness as a professional in the workplace is as much about our ability to work with and influence others as it is about individual excellence.
10 Rules from Summer Camp to Apply at Work:
Summer camp is a great way to prepare for the realities of working with other people. We become aware of ourselves, of others and of group dynamics. We learn to be responsible as a member of a team and to communicate with different styles. You hear a lot about the need for emotional intelligence these days—this is one place it begins.
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