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LAVA’s February’s off-site – 2017

This month’s off-site took place in Antwerp. The Locker Room (www.lockerroom.be) is an inspiring hide-away close to the Schelde Docks. It’s a trendy loft, decorated and furnished like a meeting room, one you would like to have at home, with lounge chairs, bookshelves with interesting literature and a great Brainstorm Wall.

I arrive first, by far. Something that can be considered as unprecedented. Bit by bit, my colleagues drop in and the walking diner starts, delicious, homemade vegetarian finger food.

Luc De Keyser, LAVA’s Managing Partner, walks us through LAVA’s year-to-date financials, project updates and sales opportunities. Every team gives a status update on LAVA’s Shared Objectives (Shared Objectives do motivate LAVA people much more than individual goals, read our December2016 off-site article for more details). Then, it’s Jorn’s turn. He gives us a heads up about Operational Excellence. As a (recently awarded) Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and LAVA’s Service Champion for Operational Excellence, Jorn takes the lead for this service offering and represents the rich experience LAVA has to offer in this domain, in a service context as well as production environment, for large and small companies. Measuring is the fil rouge in operational excellence. Measuring of quality and time, to make sure changes in processes, roles and responsibilities are done for the better. A very inspiring topic. Follow our social media to stay up to date.

Last on the agenda is ‘Discover your colors’. It’s a methodology that, based on four colors (green, yellow, red and blue) gives insights in your beliefs and perception, why you see things the way you do. It helps to understand why others see the same things differently. It teaches you what your energy drivers and drainers are. The most interesting aspect is the insight of how you can improve the quality of your collaboration and communication, how you can have more impact on colleagues, clients, anyone, just by adapting your approach to their colors. For the sake of silo thinking and for fun we split the group according to the four primary colors. This shows that LAVA is predominantly blue and red, a lot of structured, super organized people and a lot of leaders, driven by action. Luckily everyone is a blend of colors. Green and yellow are less present in numbers within LAVA, but they don’t go unnoticed!

In between sessions, Edwin, utilities expert and talented photographer takes pictures for updates on LAVA’s social media.

We finish the evening with a drink at the bar and go home inspired.

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Celebrating The New Year!

January is the month for celebrations. At least at LAVA. For this month’s off-site we gather at the lovely ‘Jour de Fête’ in Ghent. Socializing is key at this evening. We raise glasses in a toast to a new and successful year.

Our off-site is the ideal moment to put our two new colleagues, David and Lisa, in the spotlight. Like every new colleague, they get their five minutes of fame. Five minutes to introduce themselves in an original and creative way. For their five minutes, David and Lisa join forces and enthusiasm.

Through a series of pictures and tough questions, we need to sketch the profile of our new colleagues. It’s a quiz, and a competition, but also the perfect way to get to know them better. We learn that David is an avid kickboxer and likes to travel the world, while Lisa is the oldest in a family of seven and gives heart and soul for her youth movement. Together with Jorn and Jeroen, I am part of the winning team. I admit that intensive collaboration with David during his first two weeks might have given us an edge over the competition.

In a jolly atmosphere we are guided to our table,  richly decorated with the new LAVA branding material. We enjoy a delightful dinner.

Do you need help with setting a business strategy, implementing this strategy in your day-to-day operations, with improving operational excellence or business process optimization, don’t hesitate to contact us via info@lava-consulting.be!

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LAVA END OF YEAR

LAVA END OF YEAR

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Let me out!

The place where we meet for the LAVA’s December Off-site, located in the heart of Brussels. Everyone is nicely on time. No wonder, because not on time, means being locked out.

We start the evening classically with a sip and a bite. Afterwards we move to the tiniest meeting room ever, where teams give updates on their ‘shared objective projects’. At LAVA, we work with shared objectives, instead of individual objectives. This year’s themes are, amongst others, Branding, Service Portfolio and LAVA to the cloud. People team up and work along the year to reach their targets. All objectives are interlinked; in order to get the highest quality teams need to reach out to each other and collaborate. So this is how ‘Shared objectives’ is a fixed topic in each monthly off-site’s agenda.

Then it is time to get introduced to the Escape Game. There are three escape rooms: the Prison Cell, the Space Shuttle and Alice in Wonderland. We split up in three teams. Each team gets locked up in a room and has exactly 60 minutes to breaking into codes, to solve mysteries, puzzles and riddles. I am in team Prison Cell. The first minutes we spend, each on his own, looking for that first crucial hint that will lead to all other clues. Geert finds the first key and soon the team spirit is being built and we reach cruising speed. We look for tips in and outside the cell, using mirrors, sticks, books, a prehistoric cell phone, etc. In the exact 60st minute we hear the clicking of the cell door being unlocked. This is such a fun team game! In the bar, we meet up with the other two teams enjoying their drinks. A great off-site, an inspiring evening!

If you want to hear more about LAVA, our shared objectives, or team building activities, please contact me at info@lava-consulting.be.

 

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LAVA plays with Lego Serious Play

During the off-site of October, we played. With Lego blocks. Saint-Nicolas had nothing to do with it. We wanted to get acquainted with a new way of sharing ideas and opinions within our team and to come to a common solution with everyone’s support. It started off a bit strange, but after some warming up, we got into a flow!

The key question of the night was: “In what way can we connect our colleagues in a stronger way, even if most of them are working at a client site for 95% of their time?”. Nico, the workshop facilitator, guided us to formulating our answer in gradual steps. For each question, my colleagues and I were literally building our answer. After a few minutes, everyone got the opportunity to explain their work of art.

The Lego blocks sparked a lot of imagination and creativity. My colleague, Edwin, kept his structure rather abstract. In his story, each block had a clear and specific role and meaning. Geert preferred to create high structures, while Mathieu gave the gear wheel a central spot. Jorn consistently chose a continuously turning wheel. Each personal story clarified why the builder made certain decisions.

LAVA plays with Lego Serious Play during monthly off-site meeting of October

LAVA plays with Lego Serious Play during monthly off-site meeting of October

When you were lacking inspiration at some point, then you could just start experimenting with the block, and the rest would follow!

The real power of Lego Serious Play is that it includes all participants. It’s impossible to hide! Moreover, through visualizing your ideas, they are remembered better. In addition, the individual structures can be easily connected to each other, so you can really build towards a common solution!

At the end of the night, we came to the realization that our individual view on the company goals is quite similar, also the way we want to reach that goal as a group. It was surprising to see how each personal story got a certain level of objectivity by expressing yourself with the help of a concrete structure. Your self-constructed object does the talking for you, and this helps to discuss sensitive ideas or issues!

With the simple click of a camera, ideas could be captured to share them afterwards with the colleagues that couldn’t make it to the off-site.

Lego Serious Play was a lot of fun, and we shared a good part of laughter and, the colleagues got to know each other better! In summary, a good off-site meeting, and a successful Lego experience.

Some tips when trying Lego Serious Play:

  • Define a clear scope or question
  • Use open-ended questions during the workshop
  • Take picture and make a poster of the building process and the end result
  • Film the workshop to capture the stories behind the structures
  • Put the final construction on a central location in the office

Definitely consider Lego Serious Play when preparing a workshop! If you want some help with the preparation or organization of your workshop, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help!

LAVA Family Day at Sea

Sunday morning 10AM. Blue skies. A large beach at the North Sea and a strong wind from the West. It’s October 2016 at surf club ‘De Kwinte’ in Westende.

Colleagues and their partners and kids arrive at the surf club, warmly dressed and excited for a full day of fun and action at the Belgian coast.

Ever had a laser battle in the dunes? Pictures speak louder than words! Young and old played their heart out to defend their camp and conquer the enemies’. Alliances were made, broken and infiltrated. Luckily, this was practically painless and completely environment friendly.

At the same time, another group gave their very best in a series of games on the beach: hockey, a giant globe, beach volleyball, Brazilian soccer and Frisbee. More calm and less risky than a laser battle you would guess. Think again! Yours truly had the dubious honor of bringing a colleague to the emergency room after a small collision during the hockey game. A small head wound was the verdict. Giving 150%, it’s in LAVA’s DNA. For the client, but also at the beach!

LAVA Family Day

LAVA Family Day

A real-life pirate took the younger generation on a crazy (pirate) adventure, with an awesome treasure as reward at the end!

After a well-deserved BBQ under a clear sky, it was time to start the go-cart race. The ingredients were brain-teasers (and small fun facts about colleagues), physical activities, and a lot of kilometers! The winners of the race were rewarded with a bottle of Magnum.

Tired, happy and with a healthy glow, the LAVA colleagues returned home after a perfect family day!

Kathleen

 

Inspired to organize this activity for your team? Contact us and we’ll be glad to share our reference with you!

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