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Embarking on Growth: Reflections from a Transformative Team Retreat

Team retreats are an indispensable aspect of fostering unity, collaboration, and growth within an organization. Our recent team retreat was a remarkable experience, encompassing a diverse range of activities that included immersive tours, strategic planning sessions and team-building exercises.

The retreat kicked off with an enlightening Agroforest and tree nursery tour, providing a unique perspective on sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship. The hands-on experience at the fish farm not only showcased innovative aquaculture methods also emphasized the delicate balance between ecological conservation and agricultural pursuits.

The retreat provided a platform for project leads to convene, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. Through annual and project reviews, we celebrated achievements, addressed challenges, and aligned strategies for future success. Mini team meetings facilitated focused discussions on specific projects, fostering collaboration and synergy. In addition, the ‘Show & Tell’ session allowed team members to share successes, lessons learned, and innovative ideas, nurturing a culture of openness and knowledge-sharing.

Bilateral discussions provided an intimate space for team members to connect on a personal level, strengthening interpersonal relationships within the team.

Aligned with our commitment to continuous learning, the retreat featured targeted training sessions. A noteworthy session by Jeff Koinange equipped the team with valuable insights on effective facilitation techniques – a crucial skill for successful future collaborations.

Injecting an element of fun into the retreat, the “Literally Just Told You” game was a standout moment. This engaging and interactive activity not only broke the ice but also reinforced the importance of effective communication within our team.

Amidst strategic discussions, we took a break for a rejuvenating game drive at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Observing majestic wildlife in their natural habitat provided a refreshing change of scenery and served as a poignant reminder of the significance of preserving our natural heritage.

As we wrapped up our team retreat, a bush party under the African night sky solidified the bonds forged throughout the experience.

Looking ahead, the lessons learned and memories made will fuel our collective journey. Our 2024 team retreat stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to growth, collaboration, and achieving excellence. Each experience, discussion, and moment shared has strengthened our collective resolve to continue thriving as a united and dynamic team.

Lufingo Mwamakamba

Lufingo is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Emerging ag. He has over 15 years of experience in developing and facilitating strategic partnerships and engagements, with a particular focus on food systems, climate change, and sustainable development. 
Prior to joining Emergin ag, he served as the Regional Alliances Leader for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) at the Food, Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He previously served as the Director for Corporate Affairs and the Partnerships Manager at the pan-African, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
Lufingo is a Tanzanian national who has lived, worked, and studied in South Africa, Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. He holds an MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University, London UK, a post-graduate Specialization in Administration from the Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a BSc in Zoology from the University of East Africa, Baraton – Eldoret, Kenya.

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