Rock Products

MAR 2013

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If This Is Your World... Work hard to link the type of teambuilding activities to the overall meeting objective. Do status checks along the way. Check to see if you are meeting your objective at several points throughout the offsite. Ask attendees if they are getting what you want them to get. If not, adjust the agenda or the activities to get back on track. Remember, hitting your objective will get the com��� pany a return on this investment. Develop action plans and follow-up. At the end of the meeting, have all attendees write down action items they are going to take away. Get all the notes and action items transcribed and sent out to every��� one right away. Follow���up regularly with everyone to make sure the ac��� tion items are being worked on. Do not wait until the next offsite to follow���up. A few other tips: n Hire a professional facilitator to help you develop the meeting, keep you on task and manage the time. n Send out the agenda in advance. This will give people time to think about the meeting objective. n Have professionally prepared workbooks that follow the agenda. n Invite only people that will help you meet the meeting objective. Too many outsiders just for ���political purposes��� will hamper openness and creativity. n Go over the presentations of various speakers with them to cut down on too much PowerPoint. n Build a lot of report���outs into the meeting. This will allow you to see employees present in a way you may have not seen before. n Is Your Filter Take a lot of pictures and post them on your company intranet. Offsite meetings can be very worthwhile for everyone in��� volved. Just like any other worthwhile project, they take a lot of planning and organization. Do it wrong and you will have wasted a lot of money and people���s time. Do it right and you will make some huge strides in taking your organization to new levels. E Reliable Heavy-Duty Lube, Fuel, Air, Hydraulic, Coolant, and Cabin Air Filtration, Designed for the Rigorous Challenges of the Oil & Gas World. (OTLINE s www.luber��� �� 2013, Luber-���ner by FRAM Filtration. An ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 registered company. 200 S. 4th Street Albion, IL 62806-1313. Hotline: 800-882-0890 or 618-445-6011. ROCKproducts ��� MARCH 2013 67

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