A busy June started with a trip to the Forest of Dean to deliver our Team Alignment Residential event for Wolseley Infrastructure.
Wingman have been working with Wolseley for nearly two years and with the Infrastructure team for just over a year.
The 2.5 day programme in the idyllic setting of the Forest of Dean, gave the Senior Leaders of Infrastructure the time and space to concentrate solely on examining and improving the internal dynamics of the group. Classroom-based sessions started each of the days, looking at how the team currently work, as individuals, individual departments and a team as a whole. The afternoons were a series of fun, interactive and ever-more dynamic challenges set within the site, getting them to think about strengths and weaknesses, working as a team, etc.
Teams were constantly mixed across functions and management level, allowing everyone to get to know each other better, learn more about each other’s individual strengths and how best to utilise these within the team environment and also providing the opportunity to share skills and knowledge.
Every member, be it as teams of two, six or ten, rose to each challenge we threw at them, embraced the (often random) ‘updates’ within the activities and really came together to achieve the desired outcome and then review their learnings to fully understand what they learnt and how they could take this back into the business and apply them to the challenges they face both with their own teams and cross-functionally.
Rory Underwood, Director of Wingman said, ‘We’ve been working with the Infrastructure Leadership Team for just over a year and I’m really pleased that they decided to go ahead with the residential. The time out of the office to do this type of event can be seen as costly, not only in monetary terms but also in the time away from the business, so we understand it is a huge commitment for any business but the difference we saw over the 2.5 days across the group was incredible. Each individual fully immersed themselves in the theory, threw themselves into the outdoor challenges and the conversations on the final day proved they were going to be taking back lots of new ideas, techniques and knowledge on Monday morning.’