On August 19, 2014 GBatteries was incorporated. Yes, it’s been five years since we made it official and what an exciting five years it has been! We wanted to celebrate our 5th anniversary by showing appreciation to the team and doing something very special. It needed to be fun, but we also wanted to set the stage for the next five years, so we engaged a group of leadership professionals to plan a customized team building retreat to mark the occasion.
Last Thursday afternoon, we headed to Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, QC in the Laurentians for a two-day event aimed at building stronger relationships. After a few hours on a coach bus, we arrived at our destination, just east of Mont-Tremblant. Our accommodations included two beautiful properties - a fabulous log chalet and a stunning waterfront cottage, on Lake Rougeau.
After settling into our rooms and taking a short walk around the property, we started things off with a summary of what the retreat would include. First off, we met Fahd and Andrea, our NLA hosts for the retreat. After an introduction, we learned that for the next two days, we would be provided with all of our meals and tons of snacks (including ice cream sandwiches made with fresh baked cookies). We would also participate in challenges and workshops aimed at improving teamwork. Additionally, there would be a number of fun activities. It almost sounded too good to be true!
Day one ended with a delicious dinner and a few drinks with playing board games.
The schedule for Day Two was packed, so we started things early with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast. After food and coffee, the activities got underway. We began with a team building challenge call the Helium Stick. Although it sounded fairly easy, it was anything but! Split into two groups of eight, we had to lower a stick to the ground while everyone kept contact on the stick with two fingers. We also completed individual and group numbers games, and an escape-style challenge. Although there were a few frustrating moments, everyone had a ton of fun!
After the team events, we moved to workshops. Each member of the team completed an individual DISC personality profile assessment and then as a group, we discussed the results. The conversation provided a lot of insight on how we can work more effectively by accounting for different personality styles among the team. Throughout the day, Fahd has lots of great stories, example, and suggestions about team dynamics.
Next came the highlight of the retreat! A pontoon ride and swim in Lac Tremblant. The weather was perfect, the water was warm, and we even helped rescue a rogue wake board.
Day two ended with a commemorative anniversary dinner and a campfire. We sang songs and made s'mores, thanks to the wood collected by our honorary Boy Scout, Bufan!
To summarize the retreat...the food was delicious, the accommodations were very comfortable, and the views were spectacular. More than anything though, we met our objectives of building closer relationships and having fun. We are now better suited to deal with different communication style and we know how to balance internal conflict. We are armed with the skills to reach our goals as an organization and we are energized for the next five years!