Posted by Oliver Nyumbu
April 1st, 2009
Team away-days (it seems to me) can be real fun and as an objective this can be valuable in its own right. In many cases however, managers and their teams go into these experiences needing and expecting far more than a brief detour from the harsh realities of day-to-day business. The aim is sometimes stated as, “…creating a more resourceful and collaborative team environment that is not restricted to ‘away-days’ only”. Somehow, something is lost in translation.
In respect of this problem, I find Jim Collins’ idea about discipline really helpful. He talks about organisations needing: Disciplined Thought; Disciplined People; and Disciplined Action. Otherwise, great promises and plans degenerate into something of a Bermuda Triangle where ideas disappear without trace. Of course, measurement is crucial in terms of making and keeping things happen. That is, if we measure the right things and not too many things!!
What are your observations and experience?