Coassemble Retreat Wrap Up
Coassemble's teams from the USA and Australia met up for a corporate retreat. We celebrated our wins for 2019 and brainstormed our vision for the future!
Last week, for the first time ever, the entire Coassemble team was able to get together in the beautiful Hunter Valley for an all-hands week-long retreat. It was a great opportunity for our Australian and US counterparts to get together, meet face to face, celebrate the team wins over the last twelve months and envision the future of Coassemble in 2020 and beyond.
With 2019 coming to a close, it was time to dream about where we see Coassemble going over the next few years, and how we’re going to get there. CEO, Ryan Macpherson, and Founder, Jude Novak, wanted to not only hear the thoughts of our executives whilst planning for the next couple of years, but to bring the entire Coassemble team into the planning and ideation process.
The retreat was held in the gorgeous Hunter Valley in Australia. We were surrounded by beautiful vineyards and native Australian flora and fauna (which was a sight for the US Team!). The team stayed across 4 houses on-site at Greystone Estate a beautiful property that offered something for everyone.
Over the week, the team took part in a range of strategic workshops from the exec team and other key stakeholders. The workshops were focused around specific topics but overall aimed to work through potential roadblocks for Coassemble currently and in the future, improve organization processes focusing on a customer-centric approach, and most importantly, brainstorm ideas that will set Coassemble apart as a market leader and game-changer in the online training space.
Despite being a remote team across 3 locations in Australia and 3 in the US, we found that we were all very closely aligned with what we believed were Coassemble’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in the future.
The week-long retreat was a milestone for Coassemble as it was the first time we had all team members together in the same country, state, city or even place! For some team members, they got to catch up with those they haven’t seen face-to-face in several months, and for others, they finally got to put a face to the name for the first time.
The positivity from every team member created a powerful energy amongst the team. At the end of the retreat, it was clear that the entire team are hugely passionate about Coassemble and the huge potential of the product.
Everyone agreed that their favorite part of the retreat was being able to work alongside different teams and functions across the business. Break-out sessions were held during the retreat; the team was able to develop creative and innovative ideas that were made only possible by mixing the structured functions.
Whilst the US Team was visiting Australia, we took the opportunity to have an early Christmas party so that we could celebrate 2019 altogether. The night was filled with amazing food, lots of laughs and some awards & speeches. The team paid special thanks to our CEO and Founder for their passion, efforts, and support over the year. The card was a hilarious tribute to our “SaaS brothers” 🤣.
Despite a huge week, for some members of the US team, it was their first time visiting Australia, so sightseeing was a must! The US team visited Blackbutt Reserve where they encountered some Aussie wildlife up close. They saw kangaroos 🦘 , koalas, wombats, and emus (bucket list – tick!).
Before the US team headed home in time for Thanksgiving, they enjoyed a few games of ping pong and our CEO, Ryan, managed to squeeze in a golf game with one of our Sales Execs, Bobby, over the weekend. Some of the US Team stayed in Sydney seeing sights like the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Hyde Park; whilst others made a quick trip to Brisbane and to Melbourne.
We’ve had an awesome time together over the past week! The all-hands retreat worked as a great way to align the entire team for the next year; but also allowed us to relax and celebrate as a team.
We’re looking forward to seeing Coassemble dominate over the next few years.
Stay tuned for big things in 2020!
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