Getting into creative teams is hard work. A big decision.
Over the next 6 months our 2nd Years have just that decision to make.
But the problem is not so much 'Who is the right person for me', it is more 'What do I actually want'?
The trick is to avoid letting the problem (getting into a team) define the solution.
So, each year, we run a wonderful event called 'Creative Speed Dating' where our 2nd Years do a little bit of soul searching, working out what they really want from a their budding relationship before it gets started and, hopefully, avoid an early divorce.
Armed with a few neat questions and a slightly clearer view on their 'perfect partner' the dates begin!
In Creative Speed Dating 40 people each have 2 minutes with one another to 'test their compatibility'.
Do they share ambitions? Could they spend all day every day working together? Can they be totally honest with each other?
The idea is not to commit there and then but to get their heads clearer and ask better questions.
Let's call it creative flirting.
And whilst we are still awaiting the first CA wedding, this type of event definitely helps to make better quality teams.