We recently held an Executive Retreat in Miami for the Senior members of our company from North and South America. Aly Pain was hired to be our team coach/facilitator on this venture.
The retreat was a kick-off to develop a new way for our company’s key technical staff to collaborate more effectively to leverage expertise. Our offices are located in vastly different areas and in addition to geographic distance, cultural and language boundaries add to the challenges to working together effectively. Historically, these difficulties have caused the organization to operate in geographic silos with little collaboration.
This retreat was the first of its kind for our company and we spent many hours in the planning process. Aly spent over 8 hours with us going over our topics and outcomes on the 2-day agenda, lending her 2 decades of facilitation and team coaching experience to ensure we struck the best
balance on all fronts. With an understanding of the dynamics of personnel attending, Aly’s perspective was integral in making sure we achieved the right balance of material in the agenda to keep a high level of engagement focused on the desired outcomes.
During the retreat, we used a translator for our Spanish-speaking members and Aly worked seamlessly with them to ensure a smooth meeting flow and full participation. Spending 2 days in a room with 14 other people can become long and tedious but Aly kept the agenda flowing and on schedule. Her style and energy resonated well with the group and despite long hours she maintained engagement and enthusiasm. We built relationship foundations while learning to work together to solve corporate issues and brainstorm new ideas. Our group solidified some guidelines going forward to establish more effective collaboration for some key processes.
Feedback on the retreat was very positive and it was considered a great success. At the conclusion the group said that they know each other much better, are far more likely to collaborate and there is increased trust among the group. In the months since, we have successfully built upon the foundation established in Miami and held collaborative meetings on projects that have led to significant improvements in design and improved capital efficiency.
I would highly recommend Aly as a Facilitator/Team Coach for your group. Please contact me at 403-817-1133 with questions or for further information.