OMG holds first company-wide retreat

By Trace Carson,
Senior VP of Association Management

The Williamsburg Lodge, in the heart of Virginia’s Colonial capital, served as host site for Organization Management Group’s first company-wide retreat on May 30. With nearly 50 team members from four locations, staffer participation was 100 percent. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, represented by Director of National Accounts Matt Polansky, and Associated Luxury Hotels International, represented by Jolene Boatright, were the day’s gracious sponsors.

The retreat kicked off with an “Ignite” session from team member Kevin Bayes. For those unfamiliar, these are five-minute presentations with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Topics may range from the personal to the professional, and the one thing they all share in common is that they “ignite” a passion between the speaker and the audience.

Other team members who presented an Ignite session throughout the day were Sandi Ayres, Joe Coutras, Tyler Craddock and Jennifer Curtis.

Following Kevin was presenter Mary Foley, an author, business coach, host of the “P.O.W.E.R. Plug Podcast” and member of the National Speakers Association. Her talk, “Thriving and Smiling through Change,” hit the mark as OMG has grown substantially over the last few years.

Presenter Annette Kane-Shine, a coach, trainer, speaker and facilitator, offered an interactive presentation on “Building Teams through Communication, Connection and Trust,” and noted that all of this can be achieved while having fun together.

Basing her talk on the work of organizational management guru and author Patrick Lencioni, Annette presented the group with the “Five Components of a Functional Team,” conceptualized as a pyramid:

Five Components of a Functional Team

After a delicious lunch provided by the Williamsburg Lodge, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, about 20 team members took a tour of the property, including a newly renovated guest room and suite. If you are part of an association or organization that plans annual conferences or any other size meeting, please contact Rosie Bugarin to find out more about Colonial Williamsburg Resorts’ accommodations, which includes Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Inn, The Griffin House and The Woodlands, among others.

While part of the group toured, the rest relaxed with myriad games and activities that were all suggested by OMG team members. These included video games, root beer pong, a contest for the best meme, flying disk toss, corn hole and even a beach-themed area for fun photos opportunities.

After lunch, Stacy Harvey, CMP, CMM, MBTI, discussed the results of a Myers-Briggs-based personality test that every team member took prior to the retreat. Through interactive exercises, OMGers learned the differences between the 16 personality types and how the types can better understand and communicate with each other. Halfway through this last training segment, OMGers fueled up with a fantastic snack spread that included healthy smoothies, hot pretzels and a full ice cream sundae bar.

With that, the day concluded with team members expressing what they got out of the day. From the Ignite sessions two quotes were noted as inspirational: “I’m not interested in whether you’ve stood with the great; I’m interested in whether you’ve sat with the broken” and “You don’t have to be fearless – just fear less.”

Following this highly successful day, planning for the second annual OMG Retreat is already under way.