Executive Oasis

Team Building by Executive Oasis International, Toronto

Oasis = A Place of Calm & Growth in the midst of Turbulence

Team Building & Team Building Facilitators

Executives, is your team overwhelmed by fluctuations in Canada’s economic and political landscape?

We will help you:

  • chart your course in the face of uncertainty
  • deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing environment

For over 20 years, Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building firm, has helped companies throughout the GTA improve team effectiveness and boost bottom line results.

We specialize in bespoke team building custom-crafted to meet your organization’s specific needs.

Team Building

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Executive Retreats – Team Building

Executive Retreats

Executive retreats carve out time for your team to map out your strategy to thrive even in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.

Executive Oasis International has travelled to 14 countries to service clients from 19 countries.

We facilitate executive retreats face-to-face using COVID-19 protocols or in a virtual environment.

Our Flagship Programmes:

Wireless Communications – Clients

Virtual Team Building

Are you an executive struggling to lead your team virtually during the pandemic?

Managing “Zoomed-out” virtual teams can be overwhelming, confusing, and chaotic when work/life compartmentalization is no longer possible.

Virtual work is creating new challenges for executives including:

  • retaining your existing client base
  • supporting your clients & team & in the midst of trauma
  • accommodating asynchronous communication styles across multiple platforms

Executive Oasis International is pleased to unveil our suite of experiential virtual team building to address these challenges.

Our Flagship Programme:

International

International

We’ll customize each and very simulation based on your environment and to help you meet your objectives:

Our Flagship Programmes:

Face-to-Face:

  • Visexecutaries: Seizing Opportunities in our Shifting Corporate Landscape
  • Inc.: Breaking Down Silos

Virtual:

  • Lemons to Lemonade: Squeezing Opportunities out of Adversity When Business Goes Sour
  • Restaurant Inc. (All of our cooking team building simulations are now offered Virtual Team Building)
Toronto

Toronto

In Canada, where Executive Oasis International is based, the changing seasons provide a backdrop for highly interactive Toronto Team Building.

Our Flagship Programmes:

Outdoor Team Building

On-site or Off-site Team Building

Corporate teams can stretch their budget due to the value of the Canadian $.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica is a diverse, creative hub with a global influence in music, fashion, and cuisine that transcends its size. There are many opportunities to include charity components in your selected team building simulation

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Dubai

Dubai

Dubai is the ideal setting to explore the “future forward” themes of transformation & innovation,

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Oman CYO

Oman

Oman has preserved historical architecture while modernizing. It’s the perfect destination to explore preserving your legacy while pivoting your business.

Our Flagship Programme:

Singapore CYO

Singapore

East meets west in Singapore making it an ideal setting to chart your course to succeed in a global marketplace.

Our Flagship Programme:

Mountain Team Building – Malaysia

Malaysia

Explore change and transformation as you take your team on from cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur to a survival course in the jungles of Endau Rompin, the mountains of Cameron Highlands, or frozen in time Melaka.

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USA

USA

Variety is the spice of life in the USA where your team can experience wilderness or winter adventures in The Poconos, Vermont or New York, beach escapades in Florida, or desert getaways in Colorado or Nevada.

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Luxury Upgrades – Europe Team Building

Europe

Europe’s rich history will underscore your selected themes and help you achieve your objectives.

Our Flagship Programmes:

Given the market uncertainties, companies relying on conventional wisdom may discover that the world they knew and want to recreate is no longer there…the way in which leaders created plans and playbooks in the past may no longer be relevant…

Anne Thornley-Brown, President
Executive Oasis International
HuffPost

What our Clients Say About Us

Team Building

Laurie Blake, Governor General’s Horse Guards Riding Club (Toronto)

Anne developed a creative, team building simulation….kept all in a good humour…and, most important, helped our flagging spirits and organization push forward to the next phase!

Laurie Blake
Governor General's Horse Guards Riding Club (Toronto)

Ian Lum You, Vice-President, Sales, Dial Corporation (Toronto)

This was terrific team building, surpassed my expectations and provided an entirely new experience.

Ian Lum You,
Vice-President, Sales, Dial Corporation (Toronto)

Wareen Roque CIBC

The survival case gave us a chance to provide our own ideas and defend them in a team setting. The architecture case allowed us to collaborate with others to get the job done. The puzzle game was challenging but also brought out good team dynamics.

Wareen Roque
CIBC

Ernie Sweeney President & CEO, Metal Division, Wurth Canada

During the team building session for the sales representatives of our Metal Division, we had an opportunity to experience an approach which was quite different from other programs that we have seen. You certainly helped build a better team spirit within our division.

Ernie Sweeney
President & CEO, Metal Division, Wirth Canada

Phillip Brown Director, Human Resources & Administration National Bank of Dominica

Repeat Customer – 2 engagements It was an excellent investment. Not only did she connect with the group immediately, but she also had them fully engaged to the very end. I would certainly hire Anne again.

Phillip Brown Director
Director, Human Resources & Administration, Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados)

Our Approach

Our core services are team building facilitation and management consulting.

We integrate our expert facilitation with engaging indoor, outdoor, or virtual team challenges to keep your team energized and create effective business team building simulations.

Ensuring Bottom Line Results

After an in-depth debriefing, we re-configure the teams and assign SPECIFIC business issues, challenges, or opportunities to each team.

The rest of the time is devoted to:

  • analyzing your business issues using the tools and strategies acquired during the simulation
  • an opportunity for teams to make brief presentations about the results of their analysis and proposed solutions
  • your business agenda items
  • next steps and a follow up planning to be implemented when your team returns to the office
  • We offer facilitated team building in 4 formats:

What we Don't Offer

Our approach is upbeat and fun but we do NOT specialize in activities for teams that are strictly recreational.

  • We don’t help organizations make arrangements for foreign retreats that we will not be facilitating.
  • We do NOT offer short, stand alone, low budget, strictly recreational activities for teams.
  • We are NOT a travel agency.

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

Our Flexible Options

We offer facilitated team building in 4 formats:

We offer a range of flexible options to cater to the needs of companies with budgets at various levels:

  • Gold: Fully facilitated team building simulations integrated with team challenges (e.g. outdoor activities, cooking challenges, etc.) to relax team members and break down barriers. Full event planning included.
  • Silver: Fully facilitated business simulations delivered on-site PLUS 1/2 day – 1 day of off-site recreational team challenges that reflect the simulation theme.
  • Bronze: On-site team building without team activities. The theme will be reflected through video, props and visuals

(The budget will be lower as activity facilitators will not be needed.)

Sample Agenda

  • Session Starter (in Trios)
  • CEO Briefing
  • Team Briefing (by Facilitator) – Overview
  • Simulation
  • Full Debriefing
  • Re-configure Teams
  • Business Application Exercises
  • Team Presentations
  • Business Meeting
  • Follow-up

Sample Team Challenges

Our business team building simulations can include:

  • designing guerilla marketing initiatives
  • shooting commercials or viral videos
  • cooking challenges (will resume after COVID-19)
  • creating pop-up events
  • wilderness challenges
  • equestrian activities
  • mystery shopping
  • winter activities
  • desert safaris
  • field trips

Companies have the option of delivering the facilitated exercises Zoom or another virtual platform.

Team challenges that can’t be offered due to COVID-19 can be incorporated into a follow-up session after COVID-19 levels have decreased.

Team Building Tips

  • Don’t select your venue until you have set your objectives and determined the theme/approach with the facilitator.
  • Remember, recreation is not a substitute for “real” team building.
  • Avoid activities that are extreme or dangerous.
  • Keep team building strategic & focused on business outcomes.

Team building should never be a “practice run” or an opportunity to give junior employees practice in project planning. You’ll end up with a corporate play day.

Pitfalls to Avoid

  • To avoid a lawsuit if someone gets injured, never select activities that are extreme or dangerous.
  • Remember, team recreation is not a substitute for team building.
  • Ensure a strategic focus for your executive retreat team building strategic through careful delegation:

A fundamental flaw that we have observed in over 20 years of designing and facilitating team building is that many organizations delegate key decisions to employees who don’t have a grasp of organizational strategy.