From Comrades to Champions at the Teamwork Tournament - Infinitium Value Campaign: Teamwork

22 Oct 2019

The pantry of the Infinitium office was abuzz with excitement as participants and organisers of the Game of Fortune tournament made last preparations for the much anticipated final round. Besides the air being filled with friendly banter and delicious aroma from the refreshments served, there was added chatter coming from the speakers as there also was an on-going video con-call.

As it turned out, the video con-call was to live-stream the other finalist team, Indonesian team, Bima Sakti in their face-off with Malaysian team, Win the Fight. After 3 weeks of challenges and elimination of 7 other teams, these were two teams left standing. In the 1st week, the tournament started with a team flag-designing challenge, which showcased the creative flair and uniqueness of each team. From handprint paint designs to designs with team members’ faces on it, the flags truly added colour to their display at the glass board in the pantry. During the non-elimination round, Malaysian team, The F7ock had won with their flag made of miniature black and yellow Nanoblock pieces.

Chee Hou and the members of Malaysian team, The F7ock and their winning design during the prize giving ceremony

Value Champion of this Teamwork Value Campaign, Chee Hou admitted, “Our intention was to let the participants have a more relaxed challenge for this first round, but they complained that it was too easy!”  Fittingly enough, teamwork was crucial for his planning team. He had strategically selected his team, who consisted of three others; Amanda who oversaw designing, Vivian who oversaw the props, and Ricky who oversaw the team’s finance. Chee Hou added, “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them. Different skills sets are needed to make this happen.”

While they found it fun to organise the campaign, they also had to consider the workings in making cross-country participation possible, especially with fair play and assessment of teamwork. “It was our first time having to carry out something like this. We had to answer many questions – both our own and from others. Some of the questions were on viability and how fair was the moderation of the games in a cross-country setting,” Chee Hou recalled. The team had to additionally manage disputes, set rules and even test the games as they progressed week after week.

(L-R) Amanda, Vivian, Chee Hou and Ricky, the planning team, with framed quotes on Teamwork at the glass board filled with the participants’ drawings and quotes on Teamwork

Despite the challenges faced, the planning team pulled through. Rather than carrying out purely physical games, they implemented mental-heavy games that could be done simultaneously in the Malaysian and Indonesian offices as well as ensured tight communication with the Indonesian office’s moderator. For the 2nd week’s challenge, teams had to bounce table tennis balls into cups held by their team members under two minutes, while the 3rd week’s challenge was to build a pyramid of playing cards using only matching cards from two different decks.

The finals, however, was on another level altogether. Consisting of three challenges in one, it involved the finalist teams being challenged both physically and mentally – it was a test of speed and focus as a unit. The first challenge was passing table tennis balls using playing cards into cups lined up on the floor, immediately followed by the second challenge of piecing a puzzle together. The puzzle was no ordinary puzzle – it was a printed out collage of all 9 teams’ flag designs cut up in even squares. After piecing it together, they had to find 19 differences in their pieced-together copy by referring to a provided original copy.


Malaysian finalist team, Win the Fight piecing together their puzzle (left photo) and Indonesian finalist team, Bima Sakti searching for the differences in their pieced-together copy (right photo)

Some spectators gave encouragement, while some provided humour as both Malaysian and Indonesian teams gave the challenge their full attention. The challenge of finding the differences proved to be highly challenging as the teams took a considerable amount of time on it. After some adrenaline-pumping moments later, the Malaysian team completed first! Immediately, the planning team got into gear for the prize-giving ceremony which also was live-streamed in the Indonesian office.

Ho Ching Wee, Founder and CEO of Infinitium presenting the trophy to the winning team, Win the Fight during the prize giving ceremony

Joni Haryono, GM of PT. Infinitium Solutions with the runner up team, Bima Sakti on the day of the finals

At the prize-giving ceremony, all 7 Malaysian teams and 2 Indonesian teams received cash prizes and took photos with Mr Ho Ching Wee and Chee Hou. On top of that, the 1st and 2nd place winners received eye-catching, hand-pieced Lego trophies. In fact, the 1st place trophy included six unique figurines to represent each team member. When asked on the significance of the Lego trophies, the planning team said that it was in line with the Game of Fortune theme being centred around games. Chee Hou added cheekily that it was so that the trophy will stand out from the other conventional ones displayed.

The hand-pieced Lego trophies for the winning and runner up teams

As it were, the challenges were designed to test the abilities of teams to communicate and act under pressure. By carrying out specific tasks under time constraint, the team members had to put aside differences and play their individual roles in accomplishing their tasks as a group. Getting past unfamiliarity and taking on challenges with enthusiasm was key in moving from level to level.  

The planning team had explained, the teams were randomly arranged and automatically assigned a leader; and for Win the Fight, it was no different. Kim, the assigned leader, highlighted, “Our team is multi-racial and multi-national!”, she said referring to their diverse backgrounds and their international team member, Osama, who hails from Syria. The team also consisted of Salprith, Fiza, Narinder and Jiawei; who were mostly from different departments and had only known some of the team members better than others at the 1st week.

(L-R) Osama, Salprith, Kim, Fiza, Narinder and Jiawei of the winning team, Win the Fight, along with their Lego trophy and figurines

They said, after having fun with each other and seeing unexpected sides to usually quieter team members over the past month, the way that they work together moving forward will be different. It was clear that their victory was a testament to each member pulling their weight by actively taking initiative in each challenge.

Ching Wee, who was present throughout the finals said “In Infinitium, the value of teamwork has always been present, ever since our early stages of formation. Currently, our company structure is compartmentalised into different work silos, and there is not much interaction between departments beyond that what is necessary. Even so, teamwork is especially seen in the support team – who are close-knit. That is why we thought Chee Hou was the best choice to champion Teamwork because we want the teamwork that is evident in his department to spread to other departments.”

He added, “Teamwork is not just meant to be at intra-department level, but across departments and borders – meaning our different country offices. Teamwork is required at all levels, for services or products to be carried out successfully. Regardless of whichever department our Infinitians are in, our products are a result of an end-to-end process, across departments within Infinitium. As it stands, everyone must contribute their part when it comes to teamwork.”

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