Introduction

Your team is busy, driven and looking for what is beyond the horizon. Or maybe your team is stuck or underperforming. In any case, a Team Retreat can be a smart investment in your people.

Some retreats focus on the content of work, on concrete goals, plans and strategies. That can be valuable, but it is not the approach we take.

Our retreats are designed to look at and experience the deeper layers of the team, to focus on people and their relationships. If those are well, the team will do well. If they don’t function, the team will underperform.

That is why in this retreat we look at the past, present and future of the team. How has the team developed, where are the current strengths and pitfalls and what opportunities present themselves?

Sometimes there are unspoken difficulties or personal events that affect the team. We make room for that. Perhaps there are positive things that, if seen and celebrated more fully, would encourage bonding and release energy.

We also look at the team as a system, which has its own dynamics and rules. At this level there may be other blockages or unseen possibilities.

Because of this well thought-out design, the Team Retreat enables your team to reflect and connect in a safe way. To listen and be heard. And to get to the core of the matter, so that the next level can be reached.

Team Retreat:

  • Create space for the thoughts, feelings and beliefs at the heart of your team
  • Uncover the underlying dynamics affecting your team’s performance

  • identifies the hidden limitations and growth potential of your team
  • Encourage deep and genuine conversations that enhance trust and connectedness

Programme day 1

TimeDescription
08:30 – 09:00
Arrival
Coffee and tea.
09:00 – 10:00
Check in
Settling in, determine expectations and rules, introductions.
10:00 – 12:30
Personal stories
Participants look back on the previous 12 months and share the main themes/issues from their personal lives. Deep listening creates intimacy and generates valuable insights.
12:30 – 13:15
Lunch
Downtime
13:15 – 17:00
Professional stories
Participants look back on the previous 12 months and explore the main themes/issues at work. This gives the team a better understanding of each person’s strengths and learning path.
17:00 – 19:00
Team dynamics
We explore the underlying dynamics of the team as a systemic whole. This identifies key issues affecting the performance of the team.
19:00 – 20:30
Team diner
No work, private time.

Programme day 2

TimeDescription
07:30 – 08:30
Breakfast
Personal time.
08:30 – 09:30
Connecting in movement
We wake up the body and the mind by exploring team connections using principles from martial arts.
09:30 – 12:30
Team Identity Matrix
We build on work from day 1 by exploring six key aspects of the team’s core identity. This identifies (hidden) limitations and areas of growth at a very deep level of functioning.
12:30 – 13:15
Lunch
Downtime.
13:15 – 17:00
Designing the Future
Using the personal, professional and team-related insights from both days, participants work a on a team roadmap for the next 12 months.
17:00 – 17:30
Conclusion
Take-aways, commitments and future needs.

Booking

The Team Retreat lasts two days and runs from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. The location will be chosen in consultation with your team, but we have good experiences with quiet and comfortable places in the west and east of the Netherlands. If you prefer, we can start the retreat on Friday evening, for example with a dinner and evening activity.

Curious? Contact us.