3. Incorporate meaningful activities
Your strategy offsite doesn’t have to be all business. It’s not often you have your management team in one place at the same time, so it’s a great opportunity to do something fun too. Incorporating a group activity or two will energise your leaders and foster connection within the team. This in turn will also help to create space for healthy conflict and debate when it comes to making big decisions for the company.
Air rifle shooting and axe throwing are exhilarating activities that have the added bonus of getting you out into nature. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, either. You could try quad biking, watersports or hiking for something a little more adventurous. Or for something more relaxing, you could do a spot of fishing, a yoga class, or even a guided meditation to bring tranquility to the group.
Having a clear agenda with planned activities is important. But ideally you want to be flexible to adapt with what’s happening in the moment. If you’ve planned a game of cricket or a hike in the woods, but you find yourselves deep in a debate and don’t want to stop mid flow, the option to push the activity back half an hour will ensure you aren’t disrupted. The outcome of your strategy meeting is ultimately more important than rigidly sticking to your agenda.
While it’s fun to participate in activities, it’s also important for leaders to have some discretionary time. Planning time buffers in the agenda can give employees the chance to catch up on a personal basis or to take a walk and decompress.
4. Carve out time to celebrate!
The annual strategy offsite meeting is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the last year. The goals and objectives you’ve met, the challenges you’ve overcome, and the lessons you’ve learned. All these things should be celebrated. So how about treating your management team to a banquet dinner or some live music? For a more informal affair, a BBQ or bonfire could be just the ticket.
Or you may choose to venture outside of the venue. At Rose Castle, for example, you may choose to end your strategy offsite meeting with a boat cruise on Lake Windermere or a hike to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak.
5. Pick the right venue
The venue you choose for your offsite strategy meeting can make or break the entire experience. Choosing a venue with plenty of space and privacy will be key, so you can focus without interruptions and break out when needed.
Look for a venue that offers exclusive hire. That way you’ll have the whole place to yourself, with no distractions, so your team can focus. Consider the different spaces available too. Are there separate spaces for both work and play? Are there places people can wander during break times to spark thinking and re-energise?
And what about the ambience? The decor, the lighting, the architecture of the space and the style of furniture all contribute to the atmosphere, and will help set the mood for your event.
You want your management team to look back at your offsite strategy meeting as a time that changed the outlook of your business for the better.
If you're looking for the perfect venue, come visit us as Rose Castle. Set on 60 acres of grounds in the Cumbrian countryside, with versatile spaces, all the technology you need and your own personal planner, it’s the perfect space for offsite strategy meetings. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.