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How to Make Your Off-Sites on Target

Off-sites take on the current culture of your company. Some companies may have a passionate and involved CEO who will take charge and revel in the project, while other executives may be so overwhelmed by projects and market changes that a calendar tag and agenda don’t get sent until the last minute, forcing a team member or two to reschedule a weekend getaway or miss the soccer tournament or piano recital. Those at the home office frequently know the offsite is taking place and water cooler gathering openly speculates what will go on or off. The team is invested, whether present or not, and one thing is certain: most people want the time away to be meaningful and productive, and for the leaders to bring back plans that are empowering, strengthening and positive.

How to Make Your Off-Sites on Target

I recently shared the Harvard Business Review article, “How to Plan a Team Off-Site that Actually Works” by Ben Dattner and thought his plan to be beneficial and thoughtful.

Ben also adressed assessment tools and cautioned that the off-site not be taken over by lengthy and personal insights. While I agree with him about not using the time for personal shares; however, if executed properly, assessments can set up an powerful, creative and dynamic offsite, as well as great for great team-building.

Here are my additions to Ben’s article, including a pre- and post-plan assessment investment, to expand the outcomes of your next off-site, making your next off-site the best use of your time and energy:

As public awareness of professional coaching grows, so does the expectation for enjoying a quality, effective experience. How do coaches rise to this challenge in order consistently strive for both technical excellence and authentic artistry that serves our chosen clients?

As Director of Sales of inviteCHANGE, I am sharing my firsthand experience with our own offsite and working with TILT365 team assessment. The inviteCHANGE team has the privilege of leading workshops, off-sites, on-going change initiative programs, coaching, culture consulting and more. And, we are learning and changing, too.

Every day.

May your next off-site invite change!

Sarah Graves, PCC

Sarah passionately and practically pursues the development of leaders through intentional, organic growth. She emboldens leaders to create an environment where management is expansive, willing to move with agility beyond comfort zones, and to champion the individual and collective genius within the organization. With teams in transition she inspires connection, realignment and forward progress within the awkward movements of the changing landscape. Her belief is that coaching is as essential an element for an organization as the product or service the company produces. “An employee who grows personally, grows professionally” and coaching seeds growth.
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