Rumble box: War games vs garden parties


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In this week's Rumble Box, Susan Ramsay and Joyee Chan are engaged in an argument about war games vs garden parties.

War games

Garden parties are such a bore! Sitting around making small talk with people you don't care about is a form of torture. Being fed fatty sandwiches and over-sugary foods is just not good for the system. War games, on the other hand, are a completely positive pastime. Not only will they keep you healthy and fit - you play them out in the open air and they have nothing to do with sugar or carbs - they teach many valuable lessons that translate well into real life.

First of all, there is team work. In war games, you have to have your team members covered; otherwise they die, and you lose. So you learn to care about them. You learn to anticipate their moves and you gain a far deeper, almost Zen-like understanding, of how they think. You also learn how they react to stress, so you find out who can take pressure and who cannot. You learn patience and forgiveness, as well as interpersonal skills, because if you're nasty, no one will play with you.

You learn discipline and the art of waiting until the right moment before executing your plan. There aren't many chances for people to hone these skills at a garden party.

You also learn the value of planning and preparation. This skill is useful for anyone who takes on a leadership role. All you need to do at a garden party is plan what to wear.

In war games, you learn to lead and to follow and to motivate people to accept your ideas.

While you study the enemy and plot against them, you realise that information is vital for success. Hopefully, you will carry this skill across to your everyday life so that you get all the facts you need to make informed decisions.

Yet, most importantly, you learn first hand the art of war. It is one thing to read master Sun Tzu's book, but it's entirely another thing to put it into practice. Working out hammer and anvil movements or pincer attacks gives you a helicopter vision of what you need to do. This is exactly what CEOs need to move their companies forward. They should have the ability to anticipate, prepare and plan so that their companies can succeed. They need to see the big picture.

War games - active, useful learning experience. Garden party - one big yawn!

Susan Ramsay

Garden parties

Pretending that war and military training is comparable to athletic competition is an insult to those who experience the horror of real conflicts. Wars are not a game of paintballs and BB bullets; there are casualties, wrecked homes and constant fear. Death, violence and the use of weapons should not be glorified.

Garden parties, on the other side, make for a more peaceful weekend activity. Plus they do not involve sweating, panting, crouching beneath obstacles and gritting your teeth in pain after being shot.

Be it a laid-back event for the family or something crazier for your best friends, garden parties are sure to win them over. Everybody loves to be out in the open air, basking in the sun or stretching their legs under the shade of a tree. Meanwhile, the air will be filled with music and the fragrance of baked goodies. A garden party teaches you how to be a hospitable, eco-friendly and stylish host. You will learn how to plan ahead while working out how many guests are coming, the ratio of adults to children and how many vegetarians there will be. Then you can devise a menu to suit everyone's taste and take steps to cut waste.

To take your party from "so-so" to "splendid", you'll need to be creative and come up with a theme that surprises your guests. This could be something as simple as a colour scheme, as sophisticated as a dress code, or as much fun as magicians and live musicians. You can add games for a touch of competition.

War games are way too aggressive. Garden parties are what we call fun!

Joyee Chan

We hope you enjoyed the rumble. If you have an idea for a fun topic, e-mail us at [email protected] with "Rumble Box" in the subject line and we could be wrangling your topic idea next week

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