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“For most of the obstacles, I was help-
ing create the base to push people up
over walls,” says Le, who has run three
half marathons and numerous fun runs.
“I was a baseboard and people were step-
ping onto my knee and I was shoving
them over, and that’s not something I
would do in a typical work day.”
Before the event, we added strategy
sessions to our weekly staff meetings to
prepare for the obstacles. We put an ob-
stacle on the screen and discussed what
our strategy would be when we got there.
Months after the event, we’re still seeing
that cooperation translate to the office. “It
was a good chance for us to collaborate,”
Le says. “We’re all different attorneys
with different clients. A lot of the work
doesn’t cross-pollinate. We don’t always
get the opportunities to work together as
close as we would when we did this event.
We’re now inclined to support each oth-
er when you see one of your colleagues
neck deep in work.”
I agree that our law firm is still reaping
the benefits of this event. We better under-
stand that preparation is key — not only for
the event, but for long-term strengthening
and skill-building. Being ready at the right
fitness level and being ready for obstacles
and strategizing helped, as did thinking
through the strategy and being ready once
we were there. We really got to build on the
idea of team work.
Universally, there are different ability levels in law firms. On the challenge
course, we recognized that we each
came in with different strengths and, as
a team, we learned a lot more about how
to work together and to trust each other.
We’ve found that the team is more than
the sum of its parts. On the challenge
course, as in the firm, the level of trust
needed was enormous. When you’re 40
feet in the air at a mud run, the only
thing between falling on your head and
staying safe is your colleagues. That
experience carried into the firm immediately. I was amazed to see that on the
first Monday back after the event, everyone so quickly applied what they had
learned to real legal issues. NWL
PRADNYA DESH is a
former U.S. trade negotiator and the founder
of Desh International
and Business Law in
Bellevue. Reach her at
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