Last Thursday (8/28) at 7 a.m. our entire company, even our remote team members, met with luggage in tow at our Germantown office.
All 25 of us piled in a bus to travel to beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee. Why? That's where our first annual retreat would take place.
Once we arrived at the The Sewanee Inn (beautiful, isn't it?) we got straight to work.
We took advantage of having so much brainpower all in one room. We worked together to solve some of our biggest challenges.
And then, we described how each department contributes to our organization's growth and success. We had a little fun with it though. We communicated our work through harmonica-accompanied rap...
dramatized reenactments and more. Through the process, we learned that our senior director of client experience, Patrick Wall, is a remarkable actor.
We broke for lunch, and then delved into more company-wide brainstorms, bonding and Oreo-eating challenges.
After that, this happened. (Don't ask.)
And then, we moved on to our surprise team-building challenge. Boat building. Yup. And to make matters more interesting, we had to build this boat with cardboard, tape and some optional green plastic sheets. (If you're interested in this for your organization, Den from American Outback Adventures is your guy.)
With the boats complete, we were off to the races.
Although it was a close race (It wasn't really close at all), this team's boat and boater clocked the best time. They were pretty excited.
We concluded the retreat with dinner at High Point (apparently Al Capone's old stomping grounds) and some team member appreciation exercises. We had a great time and accomplished a lot. Best of all, we grew closer as a team. Thanks to Mary Sobon of M2 Consulting for facilitating.