Keneati Nduka – Richard is the Head of recruitment at the Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and encouraged a number of her team to come along to the event after putting herself forward.
When asking how she felt about the day, Keneati said: “I had no idea about what was going to happen and the email said bring a change of clothes, so I came ready for anything and ready to take on everything. It has been interesting to see how everyone has supported each other and learning about understanding the different dynamics of the team. It has been great trying to learn through fun, doing something engaging and completely different.”
Louisa Calam is a Project Manager, Town Centre Development for Woking Borough Council and wanted to learn more about how to lead a team of people she had never met before and a chance to see happens inside Sandhurst.
Louise spoke about the day: “I wanted to get an insight from military people about how they are successful with their experiences and complete some of the physical activities, which are very different from the office job that I would normally do. I have learnt about how physical tough it is and that if you don’t work well as a team, you won’t succeed in the tasks that you are trying to do. One of the things I found interesting was that as a leader you need to stand back to get an idea about what is going on because there needs someone to observe what is happening and work on the issues.”
Connor Guy is an Internal Graduate with Qinetiq and had done a little research before arriving for the Leadership Challenge but wanted to wait until I arrived to find out what it was all about.
Connor spoke about what he had learned from the day: “I knew that we would be working with a team of complete strangers and achieving the common goal of working together as a team, with people you have never worked with before. My best part of the day was completing the gun run because it was all about that teamwork focus. Because it came at the end of the day, it really cemented the team work we had been working on throughout the day and we all ran crossed the finish line together. My learning points were about building teams quickly and the importance of communication within the team. The medical challenge didn’t go well because of communications. We tried to be too proactive too quickly and we learnt that we need to step a back and doing the communicating first which will be my big take away from the day.”
Claire Aldridge is an Orthopaedic Sister at Basingstoke Hospital NHS and wanted to learn more about the Reserves and about what the Military Services do as well as Leadership and being in a team in a completely different environment.
When asking Claire about her experience of the day she said: “I had no idea what to expect so googled Youtube some of the videos of the day, by that point I had already committed to attending. I am about to take on a new role which may have more leadership requirements so I wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about military styles of leadership. It was really interesting doing the casualty exercise because my nursing skills didn’t stand me in any stead. The military intelligence was great to learn about thinking things through, looking at all the facts and making decisions upon all the facts. Learning to step back from the task and look at it from a wider prospective.”
Amanda Boote is a local councillor for Woking Borough Council and jumped at the chance to learn more about leadership and to see inside of the impressive Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, which is an opportunity you would never normally get.
When asked about the day, Amanda said: “During the military intelligence task, we were not allowed to have a leader which was quite frustrating but it was about taking lots of information and making sense of it and then putting into a logical order by working together as a team. Before the tasks began, we had a presentation that showed us how leadership works in the Army and what are the key components are. The real tasks are giving us the opportunity to put them into practical action with the team. It’s been a lot of fun and I have had a chance to meet some of my colleagues I don’t already know and I have learnt more about being a good team player.”