From time to time we have the privilege of receiving unsolicited feedback about our programs and the effect Signature Teambuilding programs have on an organization and it’s people. The following note came from a person who has participated in Signature Teambuilding programs on several occasions as part of an annual meeting for an entire organization. Recently, as a cost saving measure, the organization contemplated canceling the event this year not because it is not valuable but because of the scrutiny they could potentially come under because of how it might look to those outside of the organization. This can be a very challenging situation for leaders that believe in the purpose and value of such and endeavor yet at the same time could be criticized for what may appear to be a waste of money to those that are not involved.
My understanding of this note is that it was submitted to the leadership of the organization when it was announced that the meeting might be cancelled this year. This individual took it upon himself to let the leaders know WHY the meeting was valuable and WHY leadership should fight to continue to hold the meeting even in challenging times. Please read on…
“I was thinking about past offsites and realized a concrete example where the offsite helped me do my job better, specifically the added benefit of spending time with people you don’t normally as part of your job. I found myself working with Jack Stevens on my team during Signature Teambuilding’s TeamQuest program and then again during the exercise when we were mapping out the future of the organization. I got the opportunity to get to know Jack, get an appreciation of his incredible work ethic and diligent approach to problems and just generally interact with him when I hadn’t in the past. So, a month later when the Project Manager org. chart changes occurred and I found Jack as my business analyst, working day-to-day with what I consider the foundational part of making a program successful, it was so much easier for me to trust in his abilities and be confident that he had the program squared away. The meeting literally saved us months of trying to build a relationship over the phone and via email, letting us get down to business right away and significantly ease my transition in my new role. So I wanted to thank you for your willingness to invest in these meetings and also encourage everyone’s participation in the meeting. I wanted you to know that it is worth it and share an example I had that will hopefully help you feel a little better when you are justifying the meeting this year to upper management for the 1,000th time.”
This continues to remind me that some things are worth fighting for and when we are confronted with choosing to do the hard work or choosing the path of least resistance, we must consider the value of the effort and be willing to do the hard work. Leaders fight for what they believe in.