10 Reasons Why Your Team Needs an Offsite Strategy Session

March 6, 2018

An effective offsite gathering should deliver more than simply strategy

From re-establishing organizational alignment to building team comradery, there are many benefits to be had from conducting an offsite strategy session. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider adding an offsite to your annual and quarterly plan.

1. Fresh Air

Your employees will greatly appreciate getting out of the office. A new environment can refresh your mind as well as your ideas.

2. Fewer Distractions

Leaving the office minimizes distractions and typical day-to-day tasks. This can help your employees achieve clarity on issues related to strategic thinking and any planning that involving people, execution, and budget.

3. Increased Brainstorming

Chances are your employees meet in the same room at the same time every single week. Going offsite is important when you are coming up with strategic plans and encouraging brainstorming sessions. Being in a new place allows employees to break out of their typical environment, freeing them to generate creative ideas.

4. Right Questions

As leaders, our most important job is to ask the big picture questions that grow your business, because, if you don’t come up with them, you’re in trouble. An offsite strategy session helps you step back for a wider perspective of your situation rather than focus on the questions right in front of you.

5. Deepen Trust

Personal and professional bonds can be built and reinforced when you provide your team with a chance to change old patterns and create new ways of working together.

6. Energized Engagement

For remote employees, the offsite gives them the opportunity to connect and engage with the team on a more personal level.

7. Increased Morale

When you engage in fun team-building exercises that have value, you’re boosting the morale of your employees while getting them out of their comfort zones.

8. Better Resources

I recommend using an offsite location that offers different and more advanced technology than what you may have in your own conference room. This gives you the chance to be more creative than usual with your presentations, getting your point across more effectively.

9. Collaborative Problem Solving

The offsite session gives the executive team and middle managers the opportunity to meet for key learnings and collaborate on big issues.

10. Communication

When you use your offsite session to develop proper communication rhythms, you allow information to move through your organization accurately and quickly.

When executed correctly, an offsite should provide more than just clarity on your strategy. With the right questions, measures, and planning in place, your offsite can be a catalyst for lasting change within your organization.

Ready to book your offsite strategy session? Contact me today.