We believe in high performance teams and strategic planning. Over the years we have seen great programs fail because there was no follow-through. The big question is why! Why would anyone spend all that time and money to set up a strategic planning or team building event if they were not going to follow through?
The success of a strategic planning or team building event begins well before the start of the first meeting. What are you going to do with the results of these events? If the participants of these events cannot see any follow-through, they will quickly resent all the time and effort put into the event. The results could be worse than what would happen without the event.
These events should build trust and improve morale. If the participants perceive that the results are not being used or that what was said during the event is not reality there will be no trust built. The difference between having the potential and actually seeing it happen is in the follow-through.
Before you create a team building or strategic planning event determine what your expected results are. Are you expecting to actually develop a plan that you intend to execute? Are you expecting to develop a high performance team that you will delegate task to using the guidelines of a high performance team? Don’t hold an event just because it seems like the thing to do.
I would be interested if you have seen this problem in your business and how you overcame it.