Why I’m taking on the Dell Management Challenge

September 16, 2015

10 days from now, I’ll be on my way to the Brecon Beacons in Wales as part of a LinkedIn Marketing Solutions team taking on the Dell Management Challenge. Our seven-strong team will be going up against a team of our own colleagues in Talent Solutions, as well as groups from some of the UK’s biggest companies. There are lots of reasons why I’m so excited about taking on the challenge, which involves two days of canoeing, fell running, mountain biking and orienteering, as well as long evening sessions focused on problem-solving challenges. Here are some of the most important:

Problem-solving to make a difference

I love exercise and taking on physical challenges to support charities, which is why I’ve run marathons in the past, and why other members of our team have done long-distance bike rides. What really excites me about the Dell Management Challenge though, is the way that we’ll be using our problem-solving skills to support charities in a very direct way. Our physical challenges take place during the day, and then during the evenings, each team will come up with a different approach to solving a challenge for one of the event’s charity partners. The chance to solve a big problem and make a real difference to charities like Action for Children or Children with Cancer is what really drew me to this event.

Healthy body, creative mind

I strongly believe that a healthy body equals a healthy mind… and the science backs me up on this! Plenty of studies show that people are capable of thinking more creatively after they’ve done physical exercise, and that’s why many suggest ideas like walking meetings, to free up different parts of the brain. The challenge weekend is all about linking physical activity with mental creativity. I believe that it fosters better teamwork as well. When you’re working on a physical challenge as a team it brings you closer together and enables you to think together in different ways.

Beating Talent Solutions

There’s always been a friendly rivalry between Marketing Solutions and Talent Solutions when we see each other down at the gym – and it’s going to be loads of fun to compete against one another. It’s going to be a great team-building exercise because of the way the challenge works: you have to compete the physical challenges together and so it’s essential to work with the strengths and weaknesses within your group. But this is definitely a friendly rivalry – and an opportunity to build bonds within LinkedIn as well. We had our first team planning meeting this week – but it’s noticeable that it was a meeting with both LinkedIn teams, not just one. At the end of the day we want us all to do well – and to have fun doing it.