Make your offsites count
08.12.11 | Posted in Entrepreneurship
I’ve always been a big fan of taking my teams offsite to do strategic planning. When I had my first company – a recruitment business – I took them to the Whitsundays, Noumea, New Zealand and skiing at Mount Hotham to do our planning. The team came to look forward to these offsites and relished the idea of getting together to map out the activities and plans for the year ahead.
Here are some ways you can make your planning/offsite days more successful:
* Just make the time for it. We’re all busy and sometimes can get lost in the doing, but just taking a day out from your business (we do it quarterly) gets you refocused and realigned.
* Choose a cool spot for the day: this must be out of the office and preferably somewhere unusual. Yesterday the Business Chicks team got together in a private room at a chocolatier. Not New Caledonia, but still a treat!
* Get everyone involved. We appointed a scribe, a person to record all actions, a timekeeper – it should be a team effort.