Four tips for a top-notch #teamretreat that builds collective purpose, impact, and — most importantly — JOY!

1. Co-plan with a group! A team is by definition more than 1 person, so more than 1 voice should be heard to create the retreat agenda.

Check out these reflections from one of our amazing Introverted KJ Consulting Group team members

Meeting icebreakers are ubiquitous these days. And I get it- they’re meant to “warm us up” before we dive into the true content of a meeting. But for an Introvert like me, they can sometimes fill me with dread. “What IS a hobby I picked up during the pandemic?” Read: Nothing. I tried to stay sane. “Get up and run around the room to find 3 other people who have two siblings and who grew up in a different state.” Read: Why????

But for others…

Back to the Future: Plan with the End in Mind

“People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might.”

- Dr. Stephen Covey

If you immediately pictured time traveling Marty McFly and eccentric scientist Doc Brown when you read the title of this article, I have two things to tell you. First, you have great taste in movies!

Using Myers Briggs to Co-Create Psychologically Safe Spaces

One of the keys to building a successful team is creating psychologically safe spaces, so team members feel comfortable taking risks and being vulnerable with each other. Our job as leaders is to figure out how to maintain psychologically safe spaces and build authentic trust among our teams, to maximize performance and foster strong relationships. This authentic trust also creates a sense of belonging, which is a deep human need for all of us.

One tool to create psychologically safe spaces is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). I have used this tool as a certified trainer for 10 years…

“Just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift, because girls are amazing…I’m a girl dad.” — Kobe Bryant

Like many, I was shocked to hear of the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his lovely daughter, Gigi, and the other seven lives lost in last year’s helicopter accident. The now-viral moment when Sportscenter anchor Elle Duncan recalled talking to Kobe, as he gushed that he loved being a “girl dad,” resonated deeply with me. Kobe cherished being a dad to his four daughters and coaching Gigi as she grew in her love and talent for basketball. Though heart-wrenching, I believe…

How often have you been in a meeting when, after a quick icebreaker (if there was time for one), the presenter ran through a deck of new information and sent the team on its way without pausing for anyone to take a breath? I have left meetings like this feeling overwhelmed and often unclear of my own next steps, much less how to communicate the information to the rest of my team.

In our fast-paced workplaces, we must all tune in to take in new information, and many of us are responsible for quickly turning around that information to share…

One of the bright spots of the summer is the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As a lifelong athlete, I love watching amazing feats of athleticism by competitors at the height of their talent, and I am hoping that everyone can continue to stay safe throughout the Games.

I grew up playing softball, with countless memories of competing all day with my friends in the scorching summer heat, being left with scraped knees, tan lines, and sore muscles — and loving every second of it. Thus, I’m especially excited that softball is back in the Olympics for 2020, after being left…

With the Summer Olympics in full swing, it has me thinking about the importance of trust between coaches and athletes. Those of us who are fans of the Olympics have our favorite moments that stick with us over time. Some of my favorite Olympic moments are from 1996, when Atlanta, only an hour’s drive from my hometown, hosted the Summer Olympics. …

“Respond from the center of the hurricane, rather than reacting from the chaos of the storm.” — George Mumford

When the pandemic first hit, I was living in Atlanta and had just flown to Dallas for work. As I sat at a restaurant with a friend, the news broke that the NBA season was being canceled due to players testing positive for the virus. As I’m a lifelong athlete and sports fan, this blew my mind and signaled the beginning of an unbelievable shift in life as we knew it.

At what would have been the end of my Dallas…

As this unprecedented pandemic persists, I often reflect on the links between our minds and bodies, and how to leverage that information to care for ourselves and others during this extremely challenging time. Though we often view our minds and bodies as separate, they are constantly impacting each other, whether or not we acknowledge it.

The work of leaders like Zaretta Hammond, Brené Brown, and Dr. Bruce Perry provides insight into the stress that our brains and bodies experience during this difficult time, and why it is challenging to reach the same levels of “productivity” or complex thought as we…

Katie Jones

Educator, Athlete, Coach, MBTI Master Practitioner. Founder of KJ Consulting Group, supporting teams with strategy, systems, & culture.

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