Teambuilding 2015

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February saw our annual team building weekend, held at Campaspe Downs Country Resort near Kyneton (one hour north of Melbourne). Arriving on Friday, we settled straight down to business with Anthony Merlin delivering the opening presentation introducing the theme for this year “commitment” and the underpinning goals of i2C – design excellence, outstanding service and teamwork. This helped frame the basis and provide the inspirations for all the presentations over the 2 days.

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We had a terrific guest speaker, Tony Mowbray a sailor who participated in the ill-fated 1998 Sydney to Hobart race where 6 men lost their lives. Tony later completed a solo, non-stop and unassisted world circumnavigation. Tony talked to us about the importance of commitment, preparation and attention to detail in being able to successfully complete anything we put our mind to.

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Our first evening was a wig party/karaoke night which was a lot of raucous fun. Our cabins were about 500 metres from the dining hall and torrential rain saw many of us trapped. This provided the greatest team building challenge for the weekend; how to get to the beer without getting soaked. Many groups came up with creative ideas – the boys went topless, the girls wore old clothes and took a change in plastic bags. There was no escaping that rain; everyone got thoroughly soaked.

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Day 2 saw more presentations and workshops as well as the wrap and summary (presented by BJ), who linked everything we had learned back to the commitment theme. He talked about the importance of taking that knowledge back to the office and making change in the workplace.

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We followed this up with a team building activity where we were in competition to find the materials and build rafts in order to get to an island in the middle of the lake which held the holy grail of a slab of beer. There was much stealing and sabotage as well as egg throwing (who thinks to bring eggs????) but all up a lot of fun.

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We convened for a lovely sit down dinner which was followed by a tribute to Rick Gartner to celebrate his 15 years’ with i2C (read more about that here). We had commissioned a “Ricky-Bobby” cake for the occasion and Andrew Kirkland put a fabulous photographic slide show together. Brian gave a very moving speech, acknowledging how i2C has grown and developed over the years, many thanks to Rick’s contribution.

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It was a lovely way to finish a great weekend.

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