As we enter the last few months of the year, we typically find ourselves supporting clients with activities around planning and goal setting for the upcoming year, as well as a review of the current year to see what has been accomplished and what lessons may be learned. If you’re like most businesses, then you’re probably in a similar position as the year comes to a close.
Previously, we had commonly moved clients through very effective reflection and planning activities over the course of a one or two day retreat. It was a
great opportunity to bring together core team members for connection and learning.
This year, it’s much more difficult to travel and meet in person, which means you and your team may not have the opportunity to meet in person
to have those business critical conversations. If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts from the last few months, you’ll know that we’ve been having great success with facilitating conversations and connections online, using the XCHANGE approach.
Despite the current limitations and restrictions on meeting in person, we’ve learned to look at what now becomes possible through online convenings and how we might create a very human, connected and valuable experience. Three things we’ve noticed, along with the clients we serve, are:
- Efficiency: not only can you now be instantaneously transported to an online conference room with your key team members at the click of a button, but we’ve also learned that there are many things about group facilitation that become more efficient in an online platform.
- Cost Savings: the obvious cost savings associated with lower expenses, lost productivity and stress, all related travel.
- Digital Collaboration: a whole host of new digital collaboration tools are now available that make online collaboration seamless, simple and efficient, with the added benefit of enabling easier data capture of the ideas created.
2020 has been a very unique year, with a great many challenges and opportunities for learning. If your team or organization needs to reflect on learning experiences from this year and how that can help to prepare for planning into the future, then our 4-Step Approach to Strategic Planning may be just what you need!
Reach out and schedule a conversation to learn more about how our approach may be able to support you right now!