The importance that the role that team building retreats play in bringing multiple work-generations together can never be understated. In the article from Forbes magazine, it talks mostly about startups and the millennial generation and the unique retreat destination needed to break the mold of traditional corporate retreats, http://www.forbes.com/sites/kaviguppta/2015/09/30/how-remote-workers-are-transforming-the-company-retreat/
But for most companies, the need to link the generations of workers is the job of an effective team building retreat or team building during a conference/retreat. The need for team building in general has it’s proven value. Now the need to link the millennial generation of new workers, your future leaders to your current older generation of leaders must be the main focus for any company wanting continued growth.
So the right team building experience is critical in being effective and engaging for all generations. You want an experiential process that is not overly physical to scare away the older, maybe not quite as limber generation while engaging the fast paced focused millennial group of future leaders. From our observation, the arts have always been the place for all ages to find common ground. In fact, it’s been said that music and food transcend cultural barriers and now generational barriers.
In our work with younger companies like Facebook and Google they thrive on cooking team building programs like the Corporate Culinary Challenge® because the program has a real team building matrix built into the underlying cooking experience much like directed play. The lessons learned are powerful because they are being experienced in a non traditional learning environment perfect for the millennial generation’s need for uniqueness and familiar in nature to the older generations of leaders.
Having a common place of experience to gain rapport then build upon is the first step in truly bringing multiple generations of leaders together. To learn how to continue that conversation between generational leaders, call us at 888-308-8326 about our i Lead leadership process or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line “Continue Generational Growth”.
Jim Connolly is Founder of CEO Chef and author of three team building and leadership development books.