Heading home after our strategy offsite

By November 8, 2011DFJ Esprit

I am sat in a hotel bar in Barcelona doing email for an hour before I catch a flight home from our annual strategy offsite and I’m feeling good about the two days we just spent here.  We’ve been doing these offsites for a few years now in one form or another and this time we got the recipe about right:

  • The level of preparation was good
  • The main session yesterday was well structured and focused on our number one priority – making 8-10 great investments over the next twelve months
  • We flexed the agenda in realtime to maintain a quality conversation, dropping one entire section (to be picked up back in London)
  • We listened too each other
  • We took decisions
  • We had some fun – last night especially, and visiting the Torres Winery today
  • We had the whole team here, including our non-investing staff

As a result I think we head home with a clearer idea of how we will achieve success in the next year, a few kinks ironed out of our processes, and us all feeling stronger as a team.

Good quality face to face time is invaluable.