Pre-planning – valuable lesson learned
Pre-planning delivers better outcomes and much higher productivity. When you have fast growth and a team that’s split between the office and the field, communication on the fly can create more problems than it solves. The realization pre-planning is key, was the big takeaway Viking Projects brought back to the office after a day on the ropes.
“We have a very knowledgeable team who are all working to make the company successful.”
“We also have a lot of great leadership. Today we learned our team worked better when we have more communication and guidance.”
Viking Projects wanted to get the most out of their experience with us, and opted for a mix of ground activities and high ropes challenges. Since we are all about fun while learning in the experience, we kicked off the day with an exercise to put them in the right frame of mind to have breakthroughs they just couldn’t get at the office.
“Laughing with my comrades was so enjoyable!”
Because we knew we needed the team to get rid of any “us versus them” mindsets, which can happen when a company has both inside and outside teams, as well as help them develop better communication and collaboration skills, we selected experiences that would make them come together in a way they never had before.
Pre-planning makes a huge difference to operations, but even more importantly, it also helps everyone to understand what they need to do to reach the bigger company goals and how each of their personal contributions affects that big picture. The insight they got from each of the day’s exercises was a game changer for the company.
“We can accomplish more when we cooperate together.”
“We have the ability to adapt to change, with clear communication.”
“Big tasks can be completed and achieved when we are focused as a group.”
Not surprisingly, the high ropes were the most memorable part of the day for the team. With someone else’s safety on the line, you need to be all in and completely focused. It develops trust and confidence in each other quickly, and in a way nothing else can.
“Stop and think.” You can’t just charge in when you have a team member balanced on a small rope 20 feet off the ground.
“Sometimes you need to slow down and come up with a plan before jumping in.”
“Clearly addressing what is needed when it’s needed, not after the fact,” is the key to success.
These observations by the team simply couldn’t be made by doing the same thing day in and day out. To make positive change and grow your team, you have to get a new perspective. Nothing does that in quite the same way as a day out at Red Lodge Ropes Course.
“Confidence grows when people are laughing and building each other up,” and
“Letting others voice opinions,” are the things that will get them,
“Working together as a team and pulling in the same direction.”
It all starts when you have a great plan. Plan a breakthrough like this for your team! Call us today!