On January 3, 2011, eleven MB staff pulled into the parking lot of Wakefield, Quebec’s Le Moulin Inn and Spa, in the heart of breath taking Gatineau Park. They were invited by CEO Steve Klein for a “Launch Party and Retreat”, a full day and night of team building and goal setting for the new year. After a review of 2010, the client and staff experiences with MB and the objectives for the upcoming year, they were ushered into Chef Remy’s gourmet kitchen for a competitive canapé-making contest!
Three teams squared off to see who could make the best crème brulée, fresh spring roll, and bison tartar. Chef Remy avoided making even the smallest suggestion and awarded points for presentation, creativity, and not making his eyes water.
After the winning Ottawa Senators tickets were handed out, the staff handed the reigns over to Le Moulin’s culinary experts who wowed with a selection of sweet and savoury tapas and mouth-watering entrees. Everything from blackened cod to elegant duck confit was devoured against a stunning natural backdrop in Le Moulin’s new Heron Room.
After dinner, feeling warm and ready for some merriment, the team participated in “Minute to Win It” games inspired by the NBC television show. Lead by Melinda Hudson and Peter McGregor, seemingly impossible tasks were assigned and completed (or not completed) in 60 seconds or less.
After fast-paced meetings, energizing team-building exercises and fun-filled camaraderie, the staff at Marketing Breakthroughs returned to the office ready to take on the New Year with a renewed sense of vision and cohesion.
Staff retreats are a great way to enhance your team’s effectiveness outside of the office. Has your company gone on a similar retreat? What are your favourite do’s and don’ts of a staff getaway? Comment below, we would love your input.