Offsites That Work: 5 Step Guide to Planning a Team Retreat Your Employees Will Love
I have a confession…
In my mid-20s, I was the worst leader.
I was trying to run a team and was wildly out-of-touch with so-called “good leadership”. I just didn’t know it yet.
I held a team offsite, a getaway with the executive team to reflect on the quarter, set goals and come away reinvigorated.
It didn’t work.
I tried to force passion on the team, crack the whip on our productivity and focus on project management.
In my mind, maximizing company efficiency was something we could achieve in a day if we worked hard enough. I was SO wrong.
But I noticed something else…
Our exec team had a chance to hang out like friends, drop their professional behaviour and get to know each without the daily demands of their work.
This had a greater impact on the growth of my company, more than anything else at that offsite.
It was as simple as building relationships.
I mean… duh, Dan! It’s obvious to me now.
Building relationships has become my #1 focus for ANY team offsite that I hold.
I’ve got it down to a fine strategy and I’ll show you what that is in today’s video, including an exercise that I insist everyone does at every company offsite I organize. Check it out!
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Here are the 5 components of a successful team offsite:
- Prep The Plan
- Paint The Vision
- Build Trust
- Map Closure
Great leadership is a strategic advantage. I honestly believe that.
If you take two competing companies, one with good leadership and employee morale and one without…
I guarantee you that the one with good leadership will confront problems with more confidence, innovate more frequently and get more sh*t done.
How can you weather the storms of business if you don’t trust your team? If you don’t have a sense of camaraderie, honesty and support with your fellow team members?
This drives growth more than ANYTHING else.
If you aren’t holding company offsites at regular intervals, I suggest you try it. Start with just one and watch what a difference it can make.
Hope this video helps you build those valuable team relationships, and I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. (Get access to all my latest business hacks.) He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited three tech companies: Spheric, Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.
Originally published at https://www.danmartell.com on July 27, 2020.