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Executive Oasis International - FAQs About Executive Team Building

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FAQs About Executive Team Building



We have worked with Anne the last three years for our President's Club and she was top notch for quality. The three events were great success and many thanks to Anne for her expert services to make them great! I would highly recommend Anne for group functions to let your group enjoy and relax knowing you are being taken care of.

Michael Turajlich, Scalar Decisions Inc., Toronto

The retreat went well. Anne provided useful techniques and was enthusiastic and informative. The Leadership Team enjoyed themselves and learned so much about the value by each participant from our Leadership Team.

Bob Boaldin, Founder/CEO, EPICPCS, Elkhart, Kansas

Anne is an excellent mentor who taught me years ago how the training profession operated. With her as my coach, I progressed from being a telephone customer service rep to being a full time trainer in less than a year. A few years after that, I was promoted to Manager of Call Centre Training at one of the largest telecom companies in Canada.

Mike Aoki, President, Reflective Keynotes

This was terrific team building, surpassed my expectations and provided an entirely new experience.

Ian Lum You, Vice-President, Sales, Dial Corporation

Anne organized a cooking event, meeting, and dinner.... She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.

Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development and Marketing, Mayhew








What are some common problems that confront executives from rapidly changing organizations?


A common pitfall is to be too reactive and fail to develop a proactive strategy to manage change and growth. Organizations have a tendency to devolve into sluggish bureaucracies that stifle innovation when executive teams fail to develop strategies:

  • To shape the corporate culture
  • Promote and train the right management team
  • Ensure that the management team buys into and models the corporate values
  • Reward risk taking and innovation


Another pitfall is the failure to "connect the dots" and identify the implications of fluctuations in the economy and international events on corporate performance. Many companies operate from a "tunnel vision" vantage point and narrowly focus on their own industries. They feel to glean learnings from other industries and other countries. This results in a failure to spot emerging threads, a slow reaction time, and a delay in course correction.

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What are some pitfalls to avoid when planning an executive retreat or an executive team building session?


To ensure that you get value from the time and money invested in each session:

  • Don't lock in your dates until you have determined your objectives and selected a facilitator and the approach that will be used for your team building.

    You may get stuck with a date when airfares and hotels are high. You may also end up in a venue that is not a good fit for what you want to do.
  • Don't schedule your session on a Friday.

    Like it or not, focus will become a challenge as the day wears on.
  • Don't splurge on food and accomodation and scrimp on facilitation fees.

    You need an experienced facilitator to execute a executive retreats, team building, and meetings successfully.
  • If activities are to be included in your retreat, select a venue where that is close to what you want the group to do.

    There is no point in staying in the downtown core if you want a desert safari or dog sledding. Not only will you spend a fortune in transportation, your activities will be rushed, and your group will be frustrated.
  • Do allocate more time for your session if your group is highly analytical. They need quiet thinking time to reflect on their experiences and more time to debrief and apply the session to your specific business challenges. If the session is rushed, they will leave feeling frustrated and that the session was a waste of time.


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Our team has seen it all and we are getting bored by standard fare. Is there anything really unique that you can recommend?

Absolutely, why not try:

We can also custom design something unique for your team to reflect your organization's culture and realities.


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Do you offer location scouting and venue selection services?

One thing that differentiates us from some of our competitors is that we will plan team building and executive retreats from start to finish. This service is provided as a convenience to offer one stop shopping to clients who book team building or executive retreats with us.

Location scouting and planning logistical involves at minimum several hours and can take up to many days. Accordingly, if you require any of the following services as part of your decision-making process, here are our retainers:

  • Location Scouting: $750 Retainer (Deducted from total fee if engaged for session). No locations will be released or site inspections scheduled until this retainer has been paid.
  • Retainer Towards Event Planning Fee: $500 (Deducted from final invoice if engaged for session for group of more than 20.)
  • Retainer for Location Scouting & Event Planning Deposit: $1000 (Deducted from final invoice for luxury services or if engaged for session for group of more than 20.)


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Our organization is facing business constraints. How can we offer an executive or team building session within that is within the scope of our budget but still effective?

  • Try a simulation.

For example, if you don't have the budget to go to Jamaica this year, we can simulate some of the key elements of a Jamaican getaway in your boardroom through accelerated learning and experiential learning. Our founder and President is Jamaican born and she has travelled extensively and worked with executives throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and The Middle East. Drawing on this experience and through the use of props and themes, we can easily simulate locations such as Jamaica, Singapore, the Dubai Desert, Malaysia, and Bangkok.

  • Steamline your venue and catering costs.

We also have many strategies to reduce your meeting room, refreshment and accomodation costs.

  • Use our event consulting services.

Even if you don't use our team building services, we can offer you cost effective event planning, on-line, or telephone consulting to recommend the best approach for your situation.


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