You might expect a corporate meeting to look like any old Dilbert comic strip. A bland room. Tie-laden business types sitting around an oval table. The smell of cheap office coffee fills the air. It is almost like the room itself is letting out a slow, tired groan. Then you see a corporate meeting done the fun way! In this case, it became a climbing corporate meeting.
Last week we hosted a meeting for Clif Bar (http://www.clifbar.com/). They booked a corporate meeting day with us that included use of our own conference room, which just happens to be adjacent to our bouldering gym, The CRUX. The scene was wildly different than the Dilbert story above.
The Clif Bar staff walked in wearing t-shirts and climbing-worthy shoes, they met as they always before breaking the day up by challenging themselves and each other at the Speed Wall and on our many bouldering routes. When passing through The CRUX, or even by the conference room, you did not get that “another boring meeting” feel that can happen with the monotony of our normal spaces. In fact, there was almost a creative electricity in the air! I imagine those in attendance still found themselves in the midst of meeting blues at certain points during the day, but simply changing the venue and providing a different kind of team experience changed the whole facade.
This begs the question. Are you hosting boring meetings, and what can a simple venue change do for your organizations team relations and creativity? Could it really be as simple as going to climb?