Updated: Aug 7
Can you connect a world-class vision to helping people discover themselves as world-class? How about teams? What do world-class teams look like? One way to help shape your organization’s pursuit of world-class vision is to set aside time to get them together in a retreat or series of virtual sessions. Consider sending a small amount of pre-work to help them discover ahead of your time together what world-class examples mean in today’s education and workforce organizations.
Next, set some objectives up for a physical or virtual time together. Whether you call it an offsite retreat or a series of virtual leadership sessions, start with what you want to accomplish. Sample objectives for time together might include:
Team members learn the Baldrige Criteria for World Class Actions for People + Teams.
Team members connect previous leadership training to new leadership badging and performance excellence structure activities for the organization.
Team members can use tools and model exercises for their extended team and staff upon completion of the leadership series exercises.
Sessions online or in-person for shaping a world-class vision might include:
Day 1 or a Series of Virtual Exercises
Breakfast and guest speaker on what it means to be a world-class learner and leader.
Baldrige Criteria overview and exercise (Linkage chart activity for self-leadership).
Baldrige Criteria overview and exercise (Linkage chart activity for assigned teams + retreat problem of practice (ex: Fundraising, HR, Academic Model Technology, etc.).
What do world-class teams look like? Invite a guest speaker in your industry or another.
What do leadership and strategy look like on real projects? Primer activity and then teams separate to produce a strategy deliverable for the first 90 days in Fall 2023 related to their linkage chart activity in the a.m. session. This template is a modified longer form PDSA.
Caught You Being World Class: An organization can unveil a badge and incentive strategy for 2023-2024. A leader can formally recognize team members with a LinkedIn Badge from this past year and explain the badging process for 2023-2004 related to world-class career development and succession planning vision for the organization.
Day 2 or Series of Virtual Exercises
Breakfast on world-class customer service: Disney model speaker or video.
World-class customer service example project plan activity. Builds on leadership and strategy example PDSA from Day 1. For example, on a technology project, who are the customers? How are we communicating with them?
Intro to data, project, change, and knowledge management. Exercise on world-class and non-world-class examples. Comparative analysis activity and report on how leaders and teams will manage all for your problem/project of practice.
Lunch and guest speaker on the modern worker and workforce. Expectations, standards, actions, and behaviors of world-class talent.
Problem of Practice for workforce and standard operating procedure plans this fall.
Design-a-palooza exercise that identifies leaders and teams and works on mapping talent to tasks to accomplish the current problem/project of practice vision.
Day 3 or Series of Virtual Exercises
Putting the Pieces Together: Operations and Results. Breakfast and military guest speaker. An unexpected take on people and priorities coming together for amazing results.
PDSA operations and results expectations. A vision from the CEO or Executive Director.
Final activity and exit ticket PDSA of key teams work throughout the retreat with calendars and cadence dates booked for the first 90 days of Fall 2023
Bonus: Learn how to use the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle in education: