Hungarian Difference

We were with Lynx Analytics yesterday for their DISC training and team building. The opted for an outdoor team challenge (with an indoor backup programme) in view of the recent rainy weather.

They were also happy to work with our long time venue partner in Sentosa, which offers some of the best meeting facilities and delicious food on the island.

The group left an impression on us as it was our first time in 11years working with a Hungarian company. We had no idea what the participants will be like, except that we were not familiar with how to pronounce some of the names.

Turned out this group was a really fun bunch, they were interactive during the DISC training where we shared with them insights on different DISC personality profiles, their preferences and dominant fears, how to communicate with people of different personalities and also how we can introduce change or be more adaptable to change.

They impressed us as being determined, fun loving, hungry for knowledge and open in their communication. They are somewhat competitive yet they seemed to know that it was a day for them to relax and make connections with their colleagues based in different countries, so they were a little laid back an focused on chatting with one another and enjoy the very nice all day coffee included in the seminar package.

The morning session passed by quickly as we finished up by showing the participants what was everyone’s DISC profile and declared that it was time for lunch. As most of the participants left the room and proceeded to the buffet spread, a group of participants remained – a mix of junior and senior staff – and they were scrutinising the slide to see what profiles their colleagues were and how it related to their behaviour at work. This showed us that they were serious in wanting to better understand their co-workers. They only left for lunch after I assured them that that particular slide will be made available to them after the event, together with the photographs that were taken.

As lunch came and went, it was evident that the weather is going to hold up and we will be able to let the participants explore the famous island of Sentosa through a team building race, one that we have run a minimum of 500 sessions in the past 11years. After all, all the checkpoints during the race is sheltered and participants can take the bus, Sentosa Express (a mono rail train) or hitch a ride from strangers if they do not wish to travel on foot.

The locations that we have picked for this group was nearer to one another, however, their route was longer because of the distance of their start and end point. Some of the teams actually ran and walk to most of their checkpoints to save time. They were also constantly verbally encouraging one another during the race to keep their spirits up.

One of the paticipant, Miklos, told us that Hungarian has a very unique culture as they were very isolated for a long time (from the rest of the world), he also mentioned that Hungary has a very unique language that is not similar from other languages. Further research revealed that their language is only related to Finnish and Estonian, both of which are foreign to us.

These are some interesting facts we found out about Hungary from the participants and also from googling:

1. There has been 13 Hungarian born scientists awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, making it the country with the most winners per captia
2. It is a small country with only 10mil population (about twice of our tiny Singapore)
3. It formed part of the Celtic world (Roman Empire) and was founded in 897, before France and Germany were separated
4. It was a communist nation from 1956-1989
5. They invented the Rubik’s cube!
6. Literacy rate is 99%
7. It’s capital is Budapest and the country attracted more than 10.2mil visitors in 2010, which is more than the population of the entire country, so┬áchances are that in Budapest, there are more tourist than locals on the average!