I co-design and facilitate unique and innovative face-to-face and virtual coporate and team offsites

Like most CEOs, C-Level executives or business owners, you bring the senior members of your team together periodically to engage in strategic reflections, brainstorm solutions to significant issues, agree an action plan, discuss a strategic project, anticipate a market opportunity, solve a significant problem, or any one number of other challenges or opportunities.

In every situation, whether a half-day meeting or a two-day offsite, you expect, that the meeting has been well prepared, that the right people come together with the right level of engagement and passion, that the environment is perfect to generate the results you expect, that the takeaways are clear and well captured into a Roadmap and a Minemap owned by all present and implemented following the meeting.

Most of the time, this doesn’t happen!!

You usually walk away from these meetings with a set of good intentions and a significant level of frustration because you know that the Roadmap is not clear and people don’t own it.

A corporate or team offsite is a unique opportunity to bring together senior leadership and top talent to work through a key and strategic agenda, whilst building the cements to becoming a stronger and more seamless team.

This is where I come in!

A step process to a successful co-created and collaborative event

Co-design and build

I ensure that, together, we co-create a rigorously designed experience where discussions arise. But, as importantly, I plan to ensure that the underlying group dynamics and other important interactions and team objectives are also taken care off.

We work together to

  • define your key objectives

  • agree the “look and feel” for the event

  • deeply and quickly understand the key information required, and ensure that the key players understand what is needed for the event

  • collaborate with you to decide who are the players participating and understand the group dynamics

  • prepare with key participants in anticipation of the session

  • ensure the location chosen has the necessary layout for the objectives and for the “look and feel” agreed 

  • ensure the adequate communication, both the formal and informal, to all the participants

  • to connect with and provide context to any invited guests or external speakers, if needed

  • ensure technology and virtual environments are aligned, in ase of a virtual event

Execute

Senior executives, regardless of their experience and professionalism, are influenced not only by rational data but also by underlying political and emotional factors.

I work with you achieve the objectives we set out for the event. At the end of the session, we will have generated a clear Roadmap and Minemap with objectives, activities, owners and timings to be implemented.

During the event

  • We generate a series of differentiated spaces that built to produce different types of behaviours and group dynamics, and I use these spaces to facilitate different sessions

  • formality and informality is used to facilitate various sessions

  • We gerenate a common Corporate DNA, in other words, we generate a common language, specifically when working with multinational and multicultural groups where it is essential to quickly create a jointly understanding of words and meaning (interpretation of words and meaning often complicate group dynamics far more than we think)

  • We use experiencial sessions (rather than the traditional PowerPoint presentations), in order to maximize the interaction in the group (building team comes from “being” and “doing” together)

  • through the facilitation process, I ensure team participation, buy-in and ownership

  • I manage the group dynamics in the room (both the obvious and hidden) and generate cohesion within the team

  • We work together to stick to a pre-designed model using the predetermined frameworks, exercises, and breakout sessions to keep the conversation aligned with the agenda and agreed timings

  • I am flexible to re-align any session in the moment, in case any unexpected strategic issue arises

Debrief

We want to ensure we don’t walk out of the event and simply forget everything we’ve just done. So, we set-up a collaborative process where we will

  • ensure that the team designs a specific action plan based on the  Roadmap and Minemap created at the event

  • ensure everyone gets the buy-in and ensure that the right team members get assigned to the key areas of the Roadmap and Minemap’s implementation

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."

Buddha