Learn by doing [ ]

This is the second in Natasha Halhead’s series of blog posts of her time at Google Squared. Read Part 1 here.

Squared is designed to be an extremely intense and fast-paced experience. The first five days definitely demonstrated this –  not only was I exhausted but surprised with just how much I had learnt and how well I had got to know my fellow Squares [ ].

For the first three days we were introduced to the Squared way of working: it’s interactive, collaborative and designed to improve the way we all work, both as individuals and within a team.

After gaining some key skills in leadership, powerful conversations, and reflection we were thrown into our first live brief (they really weren’t kidding when they said we would be learning by doing’)

Reflection, reflection, reflection

Reflection, reflection, reflection

 Powerful conversations

This involved having a ‘powerful conversation’ with the don that is the managing director of Borough Market and to use our findings to provide some creative solutions for the development of the London Bridge area. Here, we were able to put into use our understanding of different levels of conversation. After this task we saw the real benefits of building relationships and pushing conversations in the world of work.

Back to school

Casually on Wednesday morning, I found myself in a primary school in Bethnal Green with eight giddy ten-year-olds talking about Macbeth (some very unique conversations I have to say).  We designed an educational, engaging and interactive lesson which not only exceeded our expectations but also provided us with the constructive feedback that we required for our client, not to mention with a few magic tricks thrown in for good measure.

My interpretation of Macbeth

My interpretation of Macbeth

We undertook a continuous process of reflection, feedback and appraisals  otherwise known as ‘check-ins’ during our foundation week.  This really set the precedent of how we worked throughout the entire Squared programme, both as individuals and within our groups. For me and my team these regular ‘check-ins’ helped cultivate a positive environment, avoid drawbacks and ultimately produce a better result.

So, in the words of Beyonce, check on it!

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3 comments

  1. Natasha Halhead

    Hi from Squared,

    I have just been informed that I need to amend some of the details in this blog post, ‘Learn by Doing’.

    It is just this sentence that I need to urgently amend (as the company stated is not involved any more!) – ‘For the first three days we were introduced to the Hyper Island way of working: its interactive, collaborative and designed to improve the way we all work, both as individuals and within a team.’

    If possible I would like to amend this to say – ‘For the first three days we were introduced to the Squared way of working: ‘its interactive, collaborative and designed to improve the way we all work, both as individuals and within a team.’

    I would really appreciate changing this sentence.

    Many thanks, Natasha

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