October 18, 2017

My first TSP retreat: a personal experience

As I prepared to attend my first TSP retreat, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have attended many retreats throughout my career. Some have been laid back, some were strictly goal setting or team building events, and some were formal dinners at well-known restaurants. I began this adventure unsure of how TSP retreats would turn out to be. 

After getting off the plane in Columbus, a group of us headed over to the hotel to begin the two-day event. I could immediately feel the shift upon entering the hotel – the sense of camaraderie, the sense that you immediately belonged as part of an extended family. Those who flew into Columbus met at the hotel bar that evening. Some were years-long friends, others new, like me. There was no unfamiliar awkwardness. 

This was different. This was going to be good. I couldn’t wait for more. 

The next morning we were picked up at the hotel by a wig-wearing colleague – the theme, I learned, was back to school. The theme was carried throughout the event like a well-written movie script. Upon arrival at our first venue, we were met with TSP lunch boxes that contained a t-shirt and some fun snacks. From there, we gathered in a theater to watch a TSP-themed movie, which included many of our clients thanking us for all of our efforts in building their phenomenal teams. 

The energy was building, and people were excited and engaged. We were having fun. We were all in this together, building the #powerofpersonal as a team. 

After an informal lunch (did I tell you that I am a big fan of informal?), our group went off to play laser tag together. We had the place to ourselves, and it set the stage for some very deep competition, some traitorous deception, but mostly a chance to get to know each other without realizing it. Who would have guessed I would turn so menacing with a laser pistol in hand? 

We got back on the bus and traveled just over an hour to “the cabins.” Picture rustic cabins set among a vineyard in Ohio – a warm night, a cozy and picturesque setting with a lake, bonfires, pool tables, and wine in hand. 

Each and every member of our team works hard to find the best talent for our clients. The stakes are always high, because we understand the responsibility we undertake. Our job is not to just put people in seats, but to put the right people in the right seats. That's not always an easy task, but it's one we are all committed to. 

But these two days were our time to put those responsibilities aside to be a big family at an annual retreat. A family who works hard, but can play harder. A family that can reach out, soak in the combined years of knowledge, and get to know one another. From experience, I can tell you that you don’t find these families too often. 

I walked away from our retreat feeling energized, optimistic, and happy. I am so lucky to be a part of it a company that understands and embraces the power of personal. It was so very clear that a lot of effort went into planning this retreat, but even more work went into creating this family we call TSP. I can only imagine how much fun next year will be.

Tags: #powerofpersonal, culture

Ann Walsh

Talent Acquisition Manager.

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