Kids Beat Adults in Team Challenge – 3 Lessons We Can Learn!

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By: Meredith Witthar | Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 3:12 PM, Feb 21, 2018

Why do some groups succeed while others fail? What if there are some parts of our culture that we lose as we grow older? We went to a kindergarten class to figure out what youngsters have that we're missing as adults.

And that’s where our experiment comes in! We pitted a group of adults against a group of kindergartners to conduct a teamwork challenge. The task at hand? Build a tower as tall as they can using only tape, spaghetti, and marshmallows. Can you guess who won? If you answered the adults, you couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out the kids won with flying colors – but why and how? Daniel Coyle, author of The Culture Code, identifies three things we can learn from their victory!  

1. There’s No Status Management

First off, there’s no status management. They see everyone as equal. When we get older, we start worrying about what people think. The kids are going for any and all ideas. No one's in charge, and everyone's idea is worth trying. Look how much you can get done without ego and politics, eh?

2. They Aren’t Afraid to Fail

Failure simply isn’t an option for these kiddos! “They don't care where the idea come from,” explains Daniel. “They just slam stuff together, and if it falls down [then] that's good feedback, right? Well, then we have to change it!” Looks like the age-old expression is true: if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

3. They Turn Work Into Play

And finally, these kids know how to turn their work into play. One boy even covered his mouth with tape while the experiment was in session – and why not?! It’s always much more fun to whistle while you work – and apparently this makes us more productive, too! There's no strategy or anger among the winning group – it’s all a game to them.

Forgetting status, the fear of failing, and remembering to have a fun – these are three lessons we can afford to learn as adults!

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