After months of online sessions, on Friday we ran our first outdoor team development day of this year, for a stressed management team from an NHS partnership who've been remote for the past 6 months.
We've made a few changes to the way we run the days to make sure that social distancing and hygiene is maintained.
In general, the risk of contracting coronavirus in outdoor spaces is lower as breezes and air currents disperse the virus and prevent it from building up and being inhaled.
So we're able to offer a covid-safe space based on respect and care for each other.
Our outdoor development days combine team building with team listening, and create space for re-connection, fresh perspectives, and leaning into each other - at the session on Friday you could see the positive effect it had on the client's team and their mindset.
(And yes, the weather was fine!)
Here's some feedback:
“I was surprised at how happy I was to be with the team in person, it felt less tense than being behind a screen. The space itself and being outdoors provides a neutral atmosphere where some of the politics, emotion, ego etc drop away; it's more humanising than being in an office. It felt easier to take a step back and make decisions than it would do normally. The process felt quite freeing. And I really enjoyed the day, there were some nice surprises - making something together to take away was a great touch; the grounding and silence practices were great and much needed. I thought we were quite ungrounded as a group and struggled to focus on the tasks, as some of what we wanted to discuss can't easily be shared by email or online meetings. Nigel did a good job of bringing us back to task and asking simple and effective questions to make us think quite deeply about things. Loved the day and would recommend to anyone, particularly helpful having not seen each other in person for the last 6 months and felt safe.”
A member of the leadership team
As we head into winter, if your team can’t be together, we offer a safe space to meet, reconnect, work out how to adapt to change, and get through the next few months without falling apart.
Contact us for more information.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.