People tend to remember the beginning and the end of events. It’s important to be sure the last team building activity you do at your team offsite is meaningful. For example, Sharing self-reflections is a way to punctuate your team retreat and ensure everyone walks away with clarity on what they will do. Verbalizing the self-reflection to the team creates a sense of accountability to follow through on promises and growth opportunities.
When I use this self-reflection activity, I inform the team at the beginning of the team meeting that they will be asked to share three things at the end of the last day. Those are My Takeaways, My Promises, and My Opportunities.
Providing a worksheet to capture their thoughts and ideas through the team offsite is helpful to many. By keeping notes throughout the meeting, they won’t struggle to remember back over a multi-day experience to determine what to share. Click here to get the Self-Reflection Worksheet I use.
At the end of every day, give them 5 minutes to capture notes on their worksheet. Then, ask them to share one or two items from each column as the last activity of the retreat. Consider collecting these and following up with the promises at a later team meeting.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and the Forward, community, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach. Above all, she is working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams happy and high-performing.
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