The Pixel Challenge

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts


Drops of water, make an ocean,
Grains of sand, make a magnificent beach.
Strains of sounds, come together to create a divine orchestra,
Just as millions of pixels, come together to create a larger picture!

We often hear senior leaders articulating inspiring visions for their teams below. But however compelling the pitch may be, at times people down the line are left wondering, "How exactly will my piece contribute to this grand vision?" Very often, the roles and contributions of individuals down the line seem miniscule and insignificant, in comparison to the awe-inspiring numbers & achievements, the team as a whole is gunning for.

Yet for leaders, it becomes imperative that every single person in the team perceives his or her contribution to be critical in contributing towards the larger goal. How does he convey this message in a strong, compelling manner? Whatever the version or format this is run in, this is one activity that remains an all-time favourite and lands the message of every single contribution being important and adding up to the whole.


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• When run in the physical mode,large teams are broken up into smaller units, who are then challenged to don the role of artists. All the equipment they would possibly need is handed to them - canvases, easels, et al. Each team is then challenged to exhibit their skills, creativity and express it through a splash of colors & art. Like all time based challenges, this one too pulsates with energy as teams discuss & debate color combinations. Roles and responsibilities get quickly allocated, as teams discover hidden talents and core strengths. Each member in each team is completely focused on getting their own canvas, "just right"!


• While run in the virtual mode, the modus operandi is no different. The image is broken up into smaller sections and participants work in teams of 3-6 people each to replicate each section of a virtual document. Teams communicate with each other through various virtual modes of their convenience. The virtual document is a specially coded one designed by the FocusU team.

As the clock ticks away to a close, teams rush in their "master pieces." However, painting a canvas is just one part of the challenge - the arguably bigger challenge, is for teams to collaborate between themselves in such a way that it adds up to a larger picture! And that is easier said than done!

A few key parameters:


Is this workshop right for my team?
This is a wonderful activity to drive home the message of being “one team” in corporate teams. The activity could be debriefed (if needed) around a few different themes:

• The whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
• None of us individually is capable of doing what all of us together can.
• Every single contribution matters.
• Underlying values, belief systems that hold a company together.

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!


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  • “We were initially a little apprehensive on how the team building event would actually play out, given that we had not worked with FocusU earlier. However, I can speak on behalf of every individual present that not only did the FocusU team exceed our expectations; they did a wonderful job in actually bringing together and creating friendships amongst a very diverse group of people. The FocusU team really put a lot of thought into each and every exercise, and at the end of each session there were only smiles and laughter amongst our team members. A special mention for the “Pixel Challenge” – I think it was a brilliant exercise and the end product, the painting that we created as a team, is something we all are very proud of! A big thank you to the FocusU team for playing a key role in making our global strategic meet a grand success!”

    Mukesh Soni
    Vice President, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

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