Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
The famous words of car visionary Henry Ford were ringing in our ears as Democracy took to the water for our annual team building away weekend.
Over the course of two days in North Wales, we worked together to learn how to sail, took part in races on the open water, experienced a thrilling Rib ride up the Menai Strait and learned much more about each other than we knew before we left Manchester.
Whatever the size of an organisation, the benefits of this type of team building and bonding exercise cannot be underestimated. Ours keep on getting better every year.
By taking ourselves out of our comfort zones, learning new skills, winning and losing together and seeing each other as more than that person on the desk opposite, we have returned to Democracy HQ all the better prepared to perform for our clients.
Our base for the weekend was the Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, situated close to Caernarfon and the village of Y Felinheli.
Under the expert guidance of the Plas Menai staff, team Democracy learned to sail J80 sports boats and took part in races around the waters of the Menai Strait. At one point, Democracy’s three boats were racing side by side, a matter of feet apart from one another, as the entire team focused on honing their new-found talents.
The following day, across the water on Anglesey, we hopped on much more powerful boats to experience the thrills of a Rib Ride. Passing under the famous bridges of the Strait, viewing the homes of the great and good and ending with a group lunch, complete with impromptu air display, added up to a weekend we won’t forget for a long time.
Now refreshed, recharged and equipped to handle new and challenging situations even better than before, we are ready for anything 2016 may choose to throw at us. Bring it on…