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November 11, 2020

How To Recharge Your Team with a Staff Retreat

When was the last time you spent time with your team away from the office? 

Listen…I’m a businessman who wants to succeed and push hard to get results.  But if that’s the only way my team experiences working with me, I’ll never create a culture where people thrive and bring their best.  Building a great relationship with our team members requires time, intentionality and living life together.

Last week, I took some of our top-level male leaders on a trip and my wife Tracy (who is also the Chief Information Officer for our family of companies) did the same with a group of female leaders for their own experience.  (Lots of time we do things together as a group, but this year, we tried something new).

Here’s how I think about and plan for these kinds of trips:

  • I spend time praying for my team and seeking God’s direction for a theme. This year, I felt it was focus and true rest and so that theme impacted each part of the agenda.

  • We build in time to play. Having fun together is actually one of the most important parts of the trip.

  • Through the shared experience, we focus on adding value to the team members and strengthening those relationships.

When you make shared memories with your team, it is like putting deposits of money in a bank account.  There will be times when work is hard, you make a decision people don’t like, or you have to confront a performance issue.  If there is a large "balance" in your relationship account, you can get through the challenges because the team member knows you and trusts that you want the best for them.

2020 has been a tough year in many ways and we all need to push for the finish line.  But finding ways in the next few weeks to rest and recharge with your team may be one of the very best things you will do to improve your business and culture.

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