Traveling can be tough and I do it frequently. I’ve certainly had the opportunity to see and visit some amazing places, meet some amazing people and learn immensely through the process, all of which I am grateful for. But business travel is often not as glamorous as it’s sometimes perceived to be and those of you with aggressive travel schedules know what I mean.

One of the very real challenges when traveling is trying to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Airports and event venues don’t often have the most healthy options! Although, I will say it’s gotten significantly better in the recent years.

Facilitating large groups of people, especially over multiple days, requires very precise mental and physical sharpness, as the work taps deep into mental and physical reserves. It’s easy for a facilitator or participants to become exhausted very quickly. So, it’s super important to monitor, conserve and maintain your energy levels. One of the many ways to do this is through healthy food choices.

I was recently traveling to facilitate a full day session for about 200 people, which was sure to require a high level of energy, with all we had to accomplish in our day together. After going through all the prep work and pre-event checks, I dropped in to one of the hotel restaurants for a quick dinner. I was pleasantly surprised to see several healthy options on the menu, which helped nudge me in the direction of making a “good” dinner choice.

For some reason I was drawn to the veggie burger, but curious what it consisted of, as I’ve had my fair share of not-so-great veggie burgers! So, I asked the server:

“How’s the veggie burger?”

The answer I received was so much more than I expected…

The server provided a very detailed description of the veggie burger and how it was crafted in a different manner to what you may call a “regular” veggie burger. Instead, this one was comprised of quinoa and chopped broccoli, allowing it to be light in texture, but filling and satisfying at the same time. Intrigued, I quickly opted for this elevated veggie burger option.

It sounds weird, but I was really blown away… it was delicious and very different at the same time, like no other veggie burger I’ve ever had before.

The server went on to explain (with great pride) how the restaurant allows their chefs to experiment with different dishes and creations on a regular basis. It offers them creative freedom, while keeping the menu fresh with different options. Dishes that do well and receive positive customer feedback are then added to the regular offering. Obviously the veggie burger had become a regular item on the menu for a reason!

It made for a really interesting dinner conversation and it was great to see how the restaurant management was able to satisfy their chef’s desire for creativity and also provide value to their customers and keep it all in balance.

At Insight Solutions we use an approach that taps deep into the individual and collective wisdom of participants and has been shown to deliver high levels of creativity, engagement and overall success. Schedule a discovery call to learn more about how we can move your team or organization through a Design Sprint.

Don’t be afraid to find ways to tap into your employees’ talents and creativity. And, next time you’re traveling, don’t be afraid to try something new, but before you do, ask the server for their input, you may be surprised what you learn!

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