What is an Extreme Meeting?
|Stairs made it "easier"|
The basic premise is simple; get out and do something that tests your stamina, creates a sense of team, and allows you to have discussions you might not otherwise have.
So far, I have to say I am a fan. I liked the concept, but was apprehensive of the potential outcome. My primary concern was if everyone could make a 14 mile challenging hike. We placed a vehicle at the turn-around point, which helped. We also chose a route that started easy, got more difficult, and then ended very flat and easy. Warm up, work hard, cool down.
We were headed out for a 14 mile hike, so we broke the hike up into sections approximately three miles each. The team met at the trail head and each topic owner gave a brief overview of their item. We then split up into small groups, each focused on a specific topic.
|Jon Selects a Lunch Spot|
At the end of each leg, we briefly discussed the experience as a larger group. We then split up into new groups. We decided at each point if we wanted to retire a topic and introduce a new one or continue with a prior topic. It was all quite dynamic and the general lack of formal agenda allowed us to organize around things as we thought necessary.
We generally agreed to try mini-presentations at each break. This would allow each of us to get a quick (3-minute) update on each of the topics.
We are thinking about an over-night canoe trip for the next one. Clearly, this will have to wait until the weather is more appropriate. Other suggestions were sky diving, rappelling, and white water rafting. They all sound fun (or at least extreme), but it is important that the activity provide for discussion first and foremost. I, for one, would have a hard time holding a conversation while simultaneously fighting to hold down my lunch.
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