Executive Oasis

Team Building Retreats by Executive Oasis International, Toronto

Survive, Thrive, & Grow Even in the Midst of Turbulence

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

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)
Toronto – Team Building Retreats

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
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
Latin America – Team Building Retreats

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

Julie Morgan, EMD Serono Canada

The ambiance was great and the facilitator was helpful and her comments were positive yet constructive.

Julie Morgan
EMD Serono Canada

Doug Wyatt, Director, Novo Nordisk Canada

Very different and unique. A different kind of team building … Excellent team building.

Doug Wyatt

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)

Teri Hardin, Destinations Marketing Editor, Cvent (USA)

Anne’s Event Blog timely, thoughtful content is frequently on the cutting edge of meetings industry issues. However, she doesn’t neglect our fledgling planner audience; she provides many “how-to” features that provide insight into everyday meeting logistics.

Teri Hardin
Destinations Marketing Editor / Cvent (USA)

Jeannette Lalonde-Bard, Vice-President Human Resources, Bell Mobility (Toronto)

Anne is very thorough in her work, uses creativity in putting together presentations, and follows though on her commitments in terms of quality and time. Anne is a positive asset….

Jeannette Lalonde-Bard
Vice-President Human Resources / Bell Mobility (Toronto)

Donna Edgar, Human Resources Manager (Former), Bell Mobility (Toronto)

“You deliver a Cadillac when a Volkswagen will do!”

Donna Edgar
Human Resources Manager (Former) / Bell Mobility (Toronto)

Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning, Telus Mobility (Toronto)

If you want boring, don’t call Anne!

Miguel Gonsalves
Director, Continuous Learning / Telus Mobility (Toronto)

Tracey Parnell, C.O.O., Executive Coach, Author & Speaker, Creativity Guaranteed

Anne was the light at the end of the tunnel, when I was in my corporate rat race. She stood for excellence, creativity and personability. I was surrounded by red tape, goverance and systems. I owe much of my success to teachers along the way and Anne was one of the early pioneers who are unforgettable, impressionable and represent a “life defining moment” in my journey.

Tracey Parnell
C.O.O., Executive Coach, Author & Speaker, Creativity Guaranteed

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

Miguel Gonsalves, Former Director, Telus Mobility (Toronto)

We continue to be impressed with the depth of information that you are able to uncover and assess….

Miguel Gonsalves
Former Director / Telus Mobility (Toronto)

Tay Wee Beng, Manager, Samsung(Malaysia)

Even though I am from the manufacturing team, the tools can all be applied.

Tay Wee Beng

Sharon Stoneley Manager M.I.C.E Carlson Wagon lit travel South Africa

…very organized, knew what she was doing professionally

Sharon Stoneley
Manager M.I.C.E Carlson Wagon lit travel South Africa

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

The purpose of our retreat was to achieve a number of objectives: Understand some of the barriers to successful team communication. Realize the different styles each of us employed in our daily work. Develop quicker and more focused tools on brainstorming. Identify techniques to realizing and then managing obstacles. Think about current business issues and develop plans to work them through. Have some fun! The above were all achieved… I have no hesitations in recommending Executive Oasis International to any interested companies.

Akhtar Zahid

Celeste Thompson, Store Manager, Mister Safety Shoes, Toronto

Thankyou Anne for keeping me motivated throughout the conference. I will use the tools (e.g. mind maps, force field analysis, storyboards, flow charts) as everyday problem-solving techniques.

Celeste Thompson
Store Manager, Mister Safety Shoes (Toronto)

George Abate, Vice President Chief Accountant Xerox

Great fun, good exercise, and challenging…

George Abate
Vice President Chief Accountant Xerox

Melissa Marchwick – Sittercity (Chicago)

The facilitator and outdoor activities were fantastic. It was good to get out of the office to focus on key factors.

Melissa Marchwick
Sittercity (Chicago)

Laurie Blake, Governor General’s Horse Guards Riding Club

Anne worked with members of a Board of Directors and a group of 30+ participants composed of both the association’s membership and clientele. Anne developed a creative, team building simulation, Island Survival: Marooned in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country…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

About ourIsland Survival: Marooned in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country

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

Ernie Sweeney, President & CEO, Wurth Canada

During the team building session for the sales representatives of our Metal Division, we had an opportunity to experience Island Survival: Marooned in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country, 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, Wurth Canada

Batelco Jordan

Core messages I heard clearly: It’s important to look at all information in order to make decisions in a very competitive market and during uncertainty. Most Valuable Insights, Ideas or Concepts: Decision making tools like idea chains and storyboards that draw information in a systematic way and force fields that look at strengths and opposites.

Batelco Jordan
Ihab Hinnawi, CEO

Mirella Caporafe, Senior Reimbursement Specialist, EMD Serono Canada

I could not thing of a better way to work with my teammates! I couldn’t see us being happier and having more fun at work! Plus the food was great!

Mirella Caporafe
Senior Reimbursement Specialist / EMD Serono Canada

Jeannette Heeralal, EMD Serono Canada, Toronto

The facilitator was very interesting. Her comments were helpful to improve the way we work better as a team. It was a lot of fun.

Jeannette Heeralal
EMD Serono Canada, Toronto

Jackie Leach, Toronto

We were totally spoiled and we will remember our time with them with appreciation and affection for years to come.

Jackie Leach
Toronto

Avril Murray, Novo Nordisk Canada

It was really great team building. Worked and collaborated together. Fun.

Avril Murray
Novo Nordisk Canada

Alison Saunders, Manager IKEA

Excellent facilitator. She greatly respected and accommodated our differences in learning styles. I left the session with many ideas and practices to think about and implement.

Alison Saunders
Manager / IKEA

Ahmed Ramzy, Sales Manager GSK (Saudi Arabia)

Live examples regarding paradigm shifts, corporate failures and successes, the use of interactive techniques rather than lectures, and the flexible agenda contributed to the success of Visexecutaries.

Ahmed Ramzy
Sales Manager / GSK (Saudi Arabia)

Chris Goodwin, Store Manager, Mister

Repeat Client 10+ years I believe mixing the different levels of employees was critical to the success of the activities and projects. All energizers and immunity challenges were excellent. I plan to encourage my staff to more freely. The mind maps encourage equal participation from all.

Chris Goodwin
Store Manager, Mister

Winnifred Wong Siew Peng, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

Visexecutaries helped me to get down to apply marketing and strategy tools to a real-life experience in a competitive environment.

Winnifred Wong Siew Peng
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

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)

Jocelyn Goh, Higher Executive Officer, Power Grid Ltd. (Singapore)

… very personalized with lots of hands on practice. I really liked the snack pack energizers which contained a lot of things to keep my energy level high.

Jocelyn Goh
Higher Executive Officer / Power Grid Ltd. (Singapore)

M B Sakorkar, LTITL (India)

Ultimately, I was left with a feeling of having done a good beginning…. Anne has an excellent grasp of the subject. The expert in her really commanded my respect.

M B Sakorkar
LTITL (India)

Dave Cole, Scalar Decisions Inc., Toronto

Not a day goes by that I don’t rave about what I saw and learned about Jamaica during the motorcycle tour. I got a real feel for the people and life on the island. My time at the resort was relaxing and awesome too. But clearly, that’s not the real Jamaica. 🙂

Dave Cole
Scalar Decisions Inc. / Toronto

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

Michael Waterfield, Vice-President, Xerox Canada

Great selection of contests, right combination of competition and fun….provided a great opportunity for teambuilding in a fun and semi-competitive environment. It was very professionally organized.

Michael Waterfield
Vice-President / Xerox Canada

Phillip Brown Executive Manager, Human Resources & OD National Bank of Dominica

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

Michael Turajlich, Scalar Decisions Inc., Toronto

Client re-booked us for 7 consecutive years & went to Jamaica twice We have worked with Anne the last three years for our President’s Club and she was top notch for quality. The three events were great success and many thanks to Anne for her expert services to make them great! I would highly recommend Anne for group functions to let your group enjoy and relax knowing you are being taken care of.

Michael Turajlich
Scalar Decisions Inc., Toronto

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

About our Island Survival: Marooned in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country 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

Laurie Blake, Governor General’s Horse Guards Riding Club

Anne worked with members of a Board of Directors and a group of 30+ participants composed of both the association’s membership and clientele. Anne developed a creative, team building simulation, Island Survival: Marooned in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country…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

Erik Fenna CIO at P&N Bank Australia

Anne has an excellent grasp on marketing strategy, including the benefits and potential pitfalls associated with utilizing social networking as part of a marketing platform.

Erik Fenna

Ayman El-Naggar Feild Force Manager (FFM). GSK Saudi Arabia

Defined our needs and satisfied them…was like a journey to discover new skills …I am sure productivity of my team and me will be increased markedly. Thank you Anne

Ayman El-Naggar
Field Force Manager (FFM). GSK Saudi Arabia

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

Repeat Customer – 2 engagements – Bold Black
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)

Noreen Stegman VP Product and Marketing Sittercity (Chicago)

Just working through the issues was very helpful. I think we cleared up a lot of confusion.

Noreen Stegman
VP Product and Marketing / Sittercity (Chicago)

Phil Russo Canadian Institute of Management, (Toronto)

Anne Thornley-Brown is an OUTSTANDING keynote speaker! I first met Anne when she was the first-rate speaker at the Canadian Institute of Management’s AGM in Toronto… Anne’s passion was clearly demonstrated in her presentation, which was informative, well organized, energetic, and well delivered. We received an extremely positive response rating from the highly engaged capacity audience. If you want your next event to be a huge success, hire Anne Thornley-Brown!

Phil Russo
Canadian Institute of Management, (Toronto)

T. Saravanan, Chief Event Officer, FIK International (Malaysia)

We have collaborated and organized over ten workshops for executives, managers and professionals in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India). Anne is truly an expert on her subject matter and gives her heart and soul…. Her sessions have attracted a lot of multinational companies. We further concluded several in house workshops in Malaysia namely with OCBC bank, Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Penang Port.

T. Saravanan
Chief Event Officer / FIK International (Malaysia)

Kimberlee Treleaven Manulife Financial (Toronto)

The February Blahs often cause moods to plummet and morale to slump. We asked Anne to come and do a motivational piece about stress-busting and making the most of your life at work, and she delivered a colourful, upbeat presentation that took our participants on a Jamaican Getaway! Using reggae music, travel videos, vibrant colour and fun activities, Anne helped our staff to see different ways to beat the blahs and regain positive energy at work. Her enthusiasm, willingness to have fun and simple but effective words of wisdom helped make our meeting a success.

Kimberlee Treleaven
Manulife Financial (Toronto)

David Meier Center for Accelerated Learning

You just keep getting better all the time. Your advice drawn from your experience, on how to hang in there and persist as learning revolutionaries, was a great message and very well received.

David Meier
Center for Accelerated Learning

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

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

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

David Peterson, Executive Director, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

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

David Peterson

Bob Boaldin, Founder/CEO, EPICPCS Elkhart, Kansas

Anne provided useful techniques and was enthusiastic and informative.

Bob Boaldin

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

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

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

We recently employed Anne Thornley-Brown for a weekend team-building event in Dubai. The above were all achieved during the weekend through a combination of business exercises and fun activities. Anne managed to keep us all focused and alert throughout the two days… I have no hesitation in recommending Executive Oasis International to any interested companies.

Akhtar Zahid

Tay Wee Beng Manager, Samsung (Malaysia)

Even though I am from the manufacturing team, the tools can all be applied.

Tay Wee Beng

Ihab Hinnawi, CEO, Batelco Jordan

Core messages I heard clearly: It’s important to look at all information in order to make decisions in a very competitive market and during uncertainty.

Ihab Hinnawi

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)

Michael Turajlich, Scalar Decisions Inc. (Toronto)

I would highly recommend Anne for group functions to let your group enjoy and relax knowing you are being taken care of.

Michael Turajlich,
Scalar Decisions Inc. (Toronto)

Mike Aoki, President, Reflective Keynotes

Anne is an excellent mentor who taught me years ago how the training profession operated. With her as my coach, I progressed from being a telephone customer service rep to being a full-time trainer in less than a year. A few years after that, I was promoted to Manager of Call Centre Training at one of the largest telecom companies in Canada.

Mike Aoki

Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Mayhew (Toronto)

Anne organized a cooking event, meeting, and dinner…. She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.

Maurice Benatar
Vice President Business Development & Marketing / Mayhew (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)

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

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. The performance parameters and results were measured and shared with the entire group.

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

Marwan Abouelela, Commercial Manager, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Saudi Arabia

Live examples regarding paradigm shifts, corporate failures and successes, the use of interactive techniques rather than lectures, and the flexible agenda contributed to the success of Visexecutaries.

Marwan Abouelela

Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Mayhew (Toronto)

Anne organized a cooking event, meeting, and dinner. She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.

Maurice Benatar
Vice President Business Development & Marketing / Mayhew (Toronto)

Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning TELUS Mobility

If you want boring, don’t call Anne.

Miguel Gonsalves

Nida Hamid, EMP Asia – Conference Producers (Malaysia)

One of a kind presenter and definitely knowledgeable and made the participants very much involved throughout the 2-day workshop. Pleasant and warm person to work with and always a pleasure to work with Anne.

Nida Hamid
EMP Asia – Conference Producers (Malaysia)

Mike Aoki, President, Reflective Keynotes (Toronto)

Anne’s experience with accelerated learning, international consulting, and her ability to customize her feedback to each individual makes her consulting work extremely valuable…. just one of her tips helped me save thousands of dollars in expenses for my business.

Mike Aoki

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

Phillip Brown, Director, Human Resources & Administration, National Bank of Dominica 2nd engagement for Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados)

Anne has tremendous expertise as a team building specialist and presentation skills coach. 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 also personally benefited by sitting through a few of her sessions. I would certainly hire Anne again.

Phillip Brown

Michael Turajlich, Account Executive, Scalar Decisions (Toronto)

Company engaged us for 6 consecutive years We have worked with Anne the last two years for our company trips and she was top notch for quality. The two events were great success and many thanks to Anne for her expert services to make them great! I would highly recommend Anne for group functions to let your group enjoy and relax knowing you are being taken care of.

Michael Turajlich
Account Executive / Scalar Decisions (Toronto)

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

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

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)

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

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

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.