Executive Oasis

Team Building Retreats by Executive Oasis International, Toronto

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Team Building Retreats

Team Building Retreats

As organizations grow, it can be challenging to maintain the culture of innovation that fueled their success in the first place. Virtual work adds a level of complexity that can result of some of the same dysfunctional dynamics evident on social media.

Our highly interactive team building retreats help:

  • ensure that the divergent perspectives that fuel innovation are heard and not muffled through layers of leadership
  • re-shape corporate culture as the organization grows
  • underscore the company’s vision and values.
  • Prevent or repair dysfunctional team dynamics

We are Pleased to Offer Virtual Team Building Retreats

Team Building Retreats

Choose Your Oasis

Canada

Canada is a “go-to” destination for team building retreats. Stretch your budget with the low Canadian dollar. Benefit from ease of transportation, a range of venues & accommodation, and a variety of experiences to accommodate participant preferences

Our Flagship Programmes:

Activities: firestarter challenge, orienteering, GPS challenge, horse riding, polo

Winter Activities: snowshoeing, dogsledding, skiing, broomball

Caribbean – Team Building Retreats

Caribbean Team Building Retreats

Immerse your team fully in another culture to ignite their creativity. Select from beach, rainforest, or mountain settings.

Our Flagship Programmes:

  • Island Survival
  • Make Your Own DVD/Make Your Own CD
International

International Team Building Retreats

Our senior team building facilitator can travel to work with your team anywhere in the world when borders re-open. We can adapt most of our simulations for virtual delivery.

Face-to-Face:

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

Virtual Team Building:

  • 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)
Middle East – Team Building Retreats

Middle East Team Building Retreats

From the dramatic transformation of Dubai to perfectly preserved Petra, rich cultural experiences and unforgettable adventures await your team in the Middle East

Our Flagship Programme:

United Arab Emirates & Oman

  • The Quest for Black Gold
  • Desert Survival: In Search of the Golden Camel
  • Beach Team Building

Oman

  • The Quest for the Silver Oryx (Mountain Team Building)

Jordan

  • In Search of the Lost City (Petra) – (Coming soon – Contact us)
Asia – Team Building Retreats

With its rich, multicultural tapestry, Asia is the perfect destination to help diverse teams learn to work together in harmony. Select from urban centres likeTokyo, Singapore, & Kuala Lumpur, frozen in time Melaka or Kyoto, or lush Thailand or Kuching in Malaysian Borneo.

USA – Team Building Retreats

USA Team Building Retreats

At the epicentre of business and commerce, corporate teams will find themselves energized whether they spend time in a thriving metropolis like New York or Chicago, on the beach in Hawaii, Florida, California, or Puerto Rico, or wilderness or winter settings in Vermont, New York or the Poconos.

Our Flagship Programmes:

Europe – Team Building Retreats

Team Building Retreats in Europe

Team building with a European flair offers many possibilities from culinary challenges to using centuries old historical venues.
Event venues such as urban beaches, castles, palaces, greenhouses, glass houses and gardens can be found in many parts of Europe.

Our Flagship Programmes:

  • Beauty Oil: Uncovering Hidden Business Opportunities
  • Winter Team Building
LatinAmerica

Team Building Retreats in Latin America

With Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish or Portuguese influences, Latin America has a rich, centuries old, cultural tapestry.

The varied environments from beach to mountain to rainforest ensure that corporate teams will have an unforgettable experience to reinforce their learning.

Our Flagship Programmes:

Remote work, by its nature, limits the free-flowing exchange of knowledge and information within an organization. What ends up happening is people keep their big ideas to themselves and there is less experimentation among teams, which ultimately leads to slower innovation as a whole.

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What our Clients Say About Us

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Ernie Sweeney, President & CEO, Wirth 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, Wirth Canada

Bob Boaldin, Founder/CEO, EPICPCS, Elkhart, Kansa

The retreat went well. Anne provided useful techniques and was enthusiastic and informative. The Leadership Team enjoyed themselves and learned so much about the value by each participant from our Leadership Team.

Bob Boaldin
Founder/CEO, EPICPCS, Elkhart, Kansa

Ooi Joo Hong, Deputy General Manager (Marketing), Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

I admire the style in which the session was conducted and the manner certainly catalyzed active participation and discussions. The real eye opener was that all participants were required to apply in a real life situation; within a specific time frame; all relevant business principles.

Ooi Joo Hong
Deputy General Manager (Marketing), Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

Alberto Cavallo, Former Director, Groups & Events, Burj Al Arab

I am impressed about your destination knowledge of Dubai & Abu Dhabi! I’m living in Dubai since over 6 years and since 2009 Director of Groups & Events at Burj Al Arab. Trust me when I tell you that not many expats can keep up with you. Congrats!

Alberto Cavallo
Former Director, Groups & Events, Burj Al Arab

Akhtar Zahid, General Manager, Blue Nile Dairy Company Ltd., The Dal Group of Companies (Sudan)

We had a great time and took away a number of good learnings. I have no hesitation in recommending Executive Oasis International to any interested companies.

Akhtar Zahid
General Manager, Blue Nile Dairy Company Ltd., The Dal Group of Companies (Sudan)

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

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.