Team Building Retreats

Professional Facilitators & Organizational Change Agents
Specializing in Team Building Retreats

 

 


  • We are a Toronto (Canada) based team building & management consulting firm.
  • ALL inquiries are handled from Toronto.
  • We do NOT specialize in activities that are strictly recreational.

 

Organizational Challenges

....great company culture is no longer just an option.

In fact, fantastic company culture is almost expected along with other traditional benefits.

10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Enterpreneur Magazine

As organizations grow, it can be challenging to maintain the culture of innovation that fueled their success in the first place. Teamwork is essential for fostering innovation. It's like growing a garden. You have to pull out the weeds that can stifle growth and "out-of-the box" thinking.

In addition to managing internal change and turbulence, organizations are facing increasingly complex dynamics in the marketplace. Recent changes in the geo-political landscape in the USA, Europe, and New Zealand and Brexit on the horizon have ushered in a period of uncertainty and market volatility.

Executives around the world face the challenge of:

  • fostering innovation as they grow
  • charting a course in a turbulent economy
  • leading multi-generational and multi-cultural teams
  • managing fast-paced, rapidly changing organizations
  • shaping and maintaining a vibrant corporate culture
  • breaking down silos and promoting cross-functional teamwork

 

Innovative corporate cultures don't develop automatically. They are a matter of design. To succeed in the midst of turbulence, it is important for organizational leaders to:

  • be future focused.
  • communicate the company's vision and values clearly.
  • re-visit and re-shapes corporate culture as the organization grows.
  • balance skill sets and ensure divergent points of view.
  • ensure that team member voices are heard and not muffled through layers of management.

 

Team building retreats can play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of innovation.

Even when budgets are tight, there is no need to scrap them. All or part of a team building retreat can be held on-site or at a branch office.

 

How we can Help

Since 1996, Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building and management consulting firm, has helped organizations by desigining and facilitating team building retreats. They have a strong track record based on working with rapidly changing organizations from 18 countries:

  • Transform their corporate cultures.
  • Improve morale and resolve conflicts.
  • Manage growth, change and uncertainty.
  • Manage diverse and multi-generational teams
  • Spot and respond proactively to trends to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Break down silos and improve cross-functional communication.

 

We had the pleasure of having Ms. Thornley-Brown assist us in developing an Arctic Simulation experience for 35 members of our team. Anne facilitated the sessions and empowered us to find unique and effective solutions within a collaborative environment.

David Peterson, Executive Director, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Thank you Anne for keeping me motivated throughout the conference. I will use the tools (e.g. mind maps, force field analysis, storyboards, flow charts) as everyday problem solving techniques.

Celeste Thompson, Store Manager, Mister Safety Shoes, Toronto

The survival case gave us a chance to provide our own ideas and defend them in a team setting. The architecture case allowed us to collaborate with others to get the job done. The puzzle game was challenging but also brought out good team dynamics.

Wareen Roque, CIBC

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Simulations for Team Building Retreats

  • Tips

    • Don't select your venue until you have set your objectives and determined the theme/approach with the facilitator.
    • Arrange for the group to arrange early afternoon the day before the retreat.
    • Alternatively, arrive early on the first day.
    • Arrange travel late on the last day to provide more wiggle room in the agenda.
  • Global

    These simulations are available globally:

  • Canada

  • USA

  • Caribbean

    Available in Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, Turks & Caicos, etc.

    Simulation can involve giving back to the local community.

  • Middle East

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi, & Oman

    Oman

  • Asia

    Malaysia & Thailand

    Japan

    • Mountain Team Building
    • Winter Team Building
  • Pre: Suggested

    • Arrival Lunch or Tea
    • CEO Briefing - Organizational Challenges & Objectives
    • Team Briefing (by Facilitator) - Overview
    • Outdoor Challenges
    • Hotel Orientation
    • Free Time
    • Group Dinner

    Day 1:

    • Session Starter (in Trios)
    • CEO Briefing - Team Challenges & Objectives
    • Team Briefing (by Facilitator) - Links to Business
    • Team Challenges
    • Group Dynamics Case
    • Simulation (Facilitated Exercises & Outdoor Challenges)
    • Free Time
    • Group Dinner or Dinner Cruise

    Day 2:

    • Simulation (Facilitated Exercises & Outdoor Challenges)
    • Full Debriefing
    • Re-configure Teams
    • Business Application Exercises
    • Awards Dinner

    Day 3:

    • Business Application Exercises
    • Team Presentations
    • Business Meeting
    • Departure
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Our Approach

Our step by step approach will guide you through the process of building a cohesive team.

First, we will have a discussion with the decision maker who has accontability for your team building retreat to uncover your business needs and challenges. Together, we will pinpoint the measurable results that you want to achieve. We'll find out about your corporate culture, group dynamics, and what has (and hasn't) worked in the past.

To ensure that our approach is the perfect fit for your team, we will gain input from all participants and assess the interaction and learning styles of each team member. (Participant Profiles and Mini Learning Styles surveys are included.)

Then, we will customize one of our existing simulations (or custom design an approach) to address your specific business challenges and meet your objectives.

We have a range of flexible options. One of our existing simulations can be customized to meet your objectives. We also have the capacity to custom design simulations for your team.

To get "buy in" from all team members, we will provide presentation material for an executive briefing (presented by the most senior executive present, and conduct a team briefing at the beginning of your retreat to prepare your gorup and set the stage for their experience.

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Activities for Team Building Retreats

Business related activities for team building retreats include:

  • designing, marketing and running pop-up events
  • designing and launching guerilla marketing campaigns
  • benchmarking through interviews with your counterparts in other industries
  • factory tours
  • mystery shopping

Our main goal is to deliver experiences that will improve team effectiveness. While our team building retreats aren't just recreational activities, to relax team members and break down barriers, we often include indoor and outdoor team challenges that reinfoce the theme.

Depending on your budget, at some locations, we can incorporate energizers such as desert safaris, camel rides, snow shoeing, outdoor barbeque challenges (rugged or gourmet), cooking challenges, golf, horse riding, abseiling, and hockey. If the location for your team building retreat is local, we can use an urban safari or Amazing Race inspired event to help your team discover you "secret" location.

While we are not an entertainment company, we have the capability to save you the legwork by creating a memorable experience that is a good fit for your team including your dinners and activities.

 


 

Toronto Team Building

Dubai Team Building

Team Building in Jamaica