One of our favorite gigs is designing and facilitating team offsites.   Team offsite? you ask incredulously.

Unfortunately, a lot of offsites are not that productive nor are they very engaging.  Time is not used well and outcomes are unclear.  That’s why we say, “When it matters, hire a facilitator.”


We’re currently in design for two teams.  As we collaborate with our client to reach the right design I hold a basic recipe in my head:

  • Shared acknowledgement of accomplishments
  • Some real & difficult work to do together
  • A chance to grow and develop–both individually and as a team
  • Fun

The ratio of these four ingredients changes but when all of them are included I’m continually impressed with the energy and momentum that is created.  When it all comes together teams are nothing short of amazing.