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Better Organizations by Design
Better Organizations by Design
End to End Offsites2023-10-07T02:37:51+00:00

Pulling your team together for an offsite or a strategic leadership team meeting?

Leverage our decades of experience to make the most of your time together and achieve true alignment, team cohesion, and breakthrough thinking.

Have you ever been to an offsite where it feels amazing in the moment, and everyone is saying all the right things… only for things to snap right back to “normal” right after? You’re not alone. But we’re here to help.

Here’s what you can expect from a BOxD-led offsite:

Meaty, powerful discussions – We give you the safety and structure so that you can have the discussions you know the team needs to have. We keep you on track, but we’re sticklers for outcomes, not rigid agendas.

No death by powerpoint, no cheesy BS – Our methods help people stretch their thinking, contribute their ideas, and make higher quality decisions. Absolutely zero trust falls or egg parachutes, we swear. Every single moment is designed to get you closer to your outcomes.

Multi-benefit – We design your meetings so that your team gets stronger as they do work that matters together. You don’t have to choose between team building or working on the business.

Impact far beyond the room – You leave ready for action and equipped to cascade this to the rest of the organization.

Meaty, powerful discussions – We give you the safety and structure so that you can have the discussions you know the team needs to have. We keep you on track, but we’re sticklers for outcomes, not rigid agendas.

No death by powerpoint, no cheesy BS – Our methods help people stretch their thinking, contribute their ideas, and make higher quality decisions. Absolutely zero trust falls or egg parachutes, we swear. Every single moment is designed to get you closer to your outcomes.

Multi-benefit – We design your meetings so that your team gets stronger as they do work that matters together. You don’t have to choose between team building or working on the business.

Impact far beyond the room – You leave ready for action and equipped to cascade this to the rest of the organization.

Whether you’re bringing together 10 or over 100 people, here are the top scenarios that require a real pro:

  1. What you’re tackling is complex, without easy answers and possibly emotionally charged.
  2. You have to make pretty tough decisions as a leadership team.
  3. Your team has some challenging group dynamics.
  4. You’re a new leader or the team is new, and setting the right tone matters.
  5. Your business problem requires a new way of thinking, and buy-in and alignment are essential to success.
  6. This is tied to major work (e.g., a cultural shift, an ambitious multi-year roadmap, or an organization redesign).
  7. The team is distributed, and time together is precious.
  8. You’re including many people, especially across levels or functions.

Whether you’re bringing together 10 or over 100 people, here are the top scenarios that require a real pro:

  1. What you’re tackling is complex, without easy answers and possibly emotionally charged.
  2. You have to make pretty tough decisions as a leadership team.
  3. Your team has some challenging group dynamics.
  4. You’re a new leader or the team is new, and setting the right tone matters.
  5. Your business problem requires a new way of thinking, and buy-in and alignment are essential to success.
  6. This is tied to major work (e.g., a cultural shift, an ambitious multi-year roadmap, or an organization redesign).
  7. The team is distributed, and time together is precious.
  8. You’re including many people, especially across levels or functions.

How does it work?

  1. Align and design
    1. We conduct discovery with participants and dig into your data to understand your needs.
    2. We align on the top outcomes for the offsite, plus bonus outcomes.
    3. We design a fully tailored experience, testing the design with you and creating contingency plans.
    4. We prepare you as a leader for how to show up.
  1. The Big Day(s)
    1. We lead you through a series of human-centered exercises directly relevant to your goals, building in breaks that allow people to stay focused.
    2. We carefully balance airtime, perspectives, and working styles in the room.
    3. As consultants and coaches who have guided companies and teams through growth and change, we offer you fresh, relevant perspectives beyond our facilitation.
    4. Our close includes clear actions and aligned messaging.
  1. Maintain Momentum
    1. In our debrief, we share insights, observations, and recommendations for you as a leader, the team and even the broader organization.
    2. We check in with the team to encourage accountability and to address any challenges.
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I feel like we stitched together a bond that we couldn’t have on our own if we just sat in that room for five hours or via Zoom.

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Danielle St. Germain, Executive Director of the San Francisco Ballet

Some topics we’ve helped teams with during offsites:

  • Strategic planning and priorities
  • Evolutions: business models, organization design, operating model, etc.
  • Prioritization and decision-making
  • Deeper understanding of who’s on the team and how to better work together
  • Leadership principles and commitments
  • Addressing elephants in the room
  • And more

Are you thinking of leading the offsite yourself? We’ve got you covered there, too. BOxD’s offsite advisory package includes:

  • Guidance on defining the right outcomes
  • A discovery plan to uncover participant expectations and how to manage them
  • Detailed feedback on your draft agenda
  • Ideas for exercises and facilitation techniques
  • Recommendations on pre-work for participants
  • Coaching on how to show up as leader during the different portions in the meeting
  • What to watch out for and how to address
  • Facilitation deck starter with key slides for you to build on with your content
  • Recommendations on how to set up the room and create a memorable experience from the moment people check-in to after the offsite

Contact us today to learn more about how we can create what our clients call “the best offsite I’ve ever been a part of” for you and your team.
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