More motivational madness

Apr 27 2010 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Here's a novel approach to team-building and motivation. A private school in the western Indian state of Gujarat has made pupils walk over burning coals and broken glass in a test designed to boost their confidence.

Apparently, officials at the Riverdale School in the City of Surat described the unusual exercise as important in helping to make a child "strong and determined" and that whilst reluctant at the outset they soon "exuded confidence."

Whilst there were apparently no injuries this is one training initiative that is unlikely to get past European Health and Safety regulations.

Still, as a motivational gimmick, this pales besides a South Korea initiative called "well-dying" in which employees of companies such as Samsung are nailed into coffins for 15 minutes as part of a mock funeral ritual. Apparently the idea is to help participants map out a better future by reflecting on their past before being "reborn"...