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Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities Out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour

COVID-19 has triggered seismic shocks, creating significant economic, business and personal challenges.

This facilitated virtual team building simulation helps executives:

  • obtain feedback from clients to pinpoint areas for improvement
  • pinpoint their company’s client avatar with precision
  • fine-tune marketing & sales strategies
  • pivot in the face of change

In response to COVID-19, Lemons to Lemonade, introduces corporate teams to the strategies & suite of 16 tools that Executive Oasis International has used to bounce back from FOUR economic downturns.

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What is Virtual Team Building?

Virtual team building is facilitated business team building delivered to team members at various locations via a virtual platform.

The key success factors for virtual team building are the same as any other team building:

  • Context setting through an executive briefing and facilitator briefing
  • Simulation or exercise or shared experience
  • Debriefing
  • Business application exercises

Team building is only as effective as the context setting before the simulation or shared experience and the debriefing and business application exercises that follow it.

Business Team Building Simulation: Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour

Group Size: 6 – 20
Delivery Options: Face-to-Face: 1 1/2- 2 Days
Virtual: Four 2-hour weekly sessions

Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour is a powerful virtual team building simulation designed and created to help business pivot in response to the economic fallout from COVID-19.

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Menu

  • Executive Briefing
  • Models for Innovation
  • Connecting the Dots
    • Identify emerging trends & threats
  • Lemons to Lemonade Simulation
    • Teams will create a beverage using lemons, lemon juice or lemonade as their mystery basket ingredients

In addition to the 16 tools in our e-book, Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities Out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour, we will add to your suite of tools:

  • Supply Chain Systems Mapping
  • Inventory Turnover Analysis
  • Receivable Chain Analysis

Until COVID-19 has been contained, there will be no hands-on cooking component. Instead a professional chef or mixologist will bring the creations to life for judging and tasting.

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Virtual Cooking Options

This simulation can be offered with a hands-on mixology component.
During COVID-19, the cooking component will be facilitated virtually.

Option One: Participants prepare and enjoy their beverages from the safety of their own kitchens. Judging will be based strictly on presentation.

Option Two:

  • We’ll introduce your team to a suite of brainstorming
    & planning tools.
  • Each team will come up with a recipe for a beverage made
    from the basket ingredients: lemons, lemon juice, sugar, honey
  • Professional chefs at a catering service will prepare
    the beverages and hors d’oevrves in a safe environment and
    deliver them to the members of your team for session two.
  • The chefs will judge the drinks and select a winner.

Business Team Building Simulation: Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour

E-book: Business Team Building Simulation: Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour

Are you struggling from the fallout from COVID-19?

Businesses large and small are riding the waves of economic turbulence unleashed by COVID-19.

I’ve been there. I’ve piloted my company through\ FOUR major economic downturns.

In this 90 page e-book, you’ll get:

  • 14 comeback strategies
  • 16 tools with ready to use templates

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What our Clients Say About Us

Toronto

Marc C. A. Berwald, Director, Learning & Development, Bell Mobility (Toronto)

Creativity and innovation are Anne’s trademarks. Her writing, design, facilitation and accelerated learning skills enable her to become involved in many initiatives including writing and designing presentations and speeches for members of the executive team.

Marc C. A. Berwald
Director, Learning & Development, Bell Mobility (Toronto)

David Peterson, Executive Director, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

… empowered us to find unique and effective solutions within a collaborative environment.

David Peterson
Executive Director, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Patrick C. Charles, Manager – Operations & Initiatives Operations Service Centre – Toronto Royal Bank of Canada

The comments were very positive….you kept the enthusiasm and energy of the group at a high level…. we walked away with some great new ideas and the day was a success! Much appreciated….

Patrick C. Charles
Manager – Operations & Initiatives Operations Service Centre, Toronto Royal Bank of Canada

Mark Wakefield, Vice President, Xerox Canada

…provided a great opportunity for teambuilding in a fun and semi-completive environment. It is very professionally organized.

Mark Wakefield
Vice President, Xerox Canada

Anu Holt, Reporting Analyst, Rogers Communication

Fantastic – lots of fun. Everything was great. Everyone had a great time getting to know each other.

Anu Holt
Reporting Analyst, Rogers Communication

Ann deCasseres, Manager, Corporate Sales, Bell Mobility

Thank you for your assistance in developing a customized programme for new hires or internal transfers into the corporate account arena. The feedback from your sessions with team members was extremely useful, it helped up size the gap between staff expectations and what we are delivering and allowed us to identify, and focus on opportunities for improvement.

Ann deCasseres
Manager, Corporate Sales, Bell Mobility

Waves of Turbulence

The COVID-19 Pandemic has capped off two decades of stock market fluctuations, economic upheavals, and natural disasters.

From 9/11 to SARS to the 2008 global economic meltdown, it’s been a period of uncertainty.

A Tsunami of Change

In the midst of turbulence, even companies with strong performance must be alert, agile, and proactive enough to spot emerging trends and pivot to seize opportunities.

Why This Simulation was Created

Anne Thornley-Brown, our founder and President, designed this virtual team building simulation based on navigating Executive Oasis International through FOUR economic downturns.

She’ll guide your team as she shares lessons gleaned from the school of hard knocks including:

  • 14 comeback strategies
  • a suite of 16 strategy, brainstorming, planning, & marketing tools

Anne has used each and every one of these tools to bounce back from setbacks.

Lemons to Lemonade Challenge

  • Teams will create a signature beverage using a mystery basket of ingredients including lemons, lemon juice, sparkling water, sugar, and honey

Until the coronavirus has been contained, there will be no hands-on group cooking component.

This challenge can be delivered virtually with participants preparing the drinks in their own kitchens or a professional chef or mixologist will bring the beverage recipes to life for judging and tasting.

  • Executive Briefing:
    • Pinpoint specific challenges your team & organization face.
  • Connecting the Dots:
    • Identify emerging trends & threats.
  • Models for Innovation
  • Lemons to Lemonade Challenge
    • Context setting with links to business
    • Mixology Challenge
    • Debriefing
  • Brainstorming Toolkit:
    • Idea Chains
    • Mind Maps
    • Storyboards
Analysis & Planning Toolkit
  • SWOT Analysis:
  • Supply Chain Mapping:
    • Systems Map of your current situation from supply chain to service/product delivery.
  • Inventory Turnover Analysis
  • Receivable Chain Analysis
  • Flow Charts:
    • Identify process improvement opportunities.
    • Design improved process.
  • Force field analysis:
    • Assess the viability of your plan of action.
  • Presentations of recommendations with storyboards.
  • Full Debriefing
  • Business Application exercises

While our approach is upbeat and fun, we do NOT specialize in team activities that are strictly recreational. We are, first and foremost, business consultants, facilitators, and organizational change agents.

We deliver MUCH more value than just a day of fun away from the office.