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Personal connection instead of formalities of the boardroom

Today, many companies are talking about becoming more agile. With our Walk&Talk workshops, we introduce you to a productive and powerful tool to bring more movement into your daily work routine.

In our business culture, getting out, changing your point of view, taking a breath of fresh air and really letting your thoughts run free for once is something that is not yet linked to work. “Business before pleasure”, this motto is firmly anchored in our minds, although there are some companies out there that consider meetings that take place during a walk instead of in an office, boardroom, or coffee shop.

→ This article was published in the Harvard Business Review back in 2015, explaining the benefits of “walk & talk” and that the act of walking leads to increases in creative thinking.

Nature as a guide for stimulation,
development and re-alignment

WALK THE WALK… and talk the talk

This workshop offer is divided into two parts: A business walk (approx. 60 min. walking conversation) and an agile brainstorming in our creative Meet & Move room. During this process, we pinpoint all the options and viable solutions you need. Afterwards, you will receive the results as a whitepaper and journal, that takes the guesswork out of reflection and equips you to process your new findings quickly and easily.

Your Win

  • Walking side by side, the conventional meeting and hierarchy setting is dissolved. Hence, completely new possibilities arise.
  • Walking side by side inspires thinking side by side.
  • Building trust: During a Walk & Talk workshop, you get to know your advisor faster and better than in a conference room.
  • This format is particularly well suited for complex topics where not only a point of view, but also the thinking should move in a common direction.
  • Walk & Talk participants report again and again how appreciative this setting is through attention and active listening. Interruptions from cell phones, e-mails or co-workers are completely eliminated. This creates more authentic dimensions of dialogue.

The Basic Idea

Clatu founder Cyrus Schultz on the origins of the Walk&Talk workshops

“A few years ago, we changed from holding meetings exclusively in a meeting room to instead using a walk, a real “walking talk”. I admit: It was unusual at first to leave the office like that in the middle of the day.  “No, we’re working – ….really!” – “Yeah, sure…” one or the other colleague grinned at the time.

For a year or so we developed a concept that really worked and clarified basic questions such as: City or forest? Sporty mountain tracks or easy trails? Telephone availability yes or no? Once we left the hustle and bustle of the city behind, we jumped into the conversation.

Among the best-known Walk & Talk fans are Apple founder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former U.S. President Barack Obama. They are known to have achieved some success – for which the idea of scheduling meetings as walks is probably not solely responsible. Nevertheless, meetings in the fresh air during a walk around the block promote creative thinking, offer the support you need and the output is also greater than after a meeting in a conference room. There are now several studies on this, not least from the renowned Stanford University (→ Download).

Each walking meeting lasts 60-90 minutes and begins with a situation that is usually difficult to resolve – that’s the starting point. The focus is on the conversation. Everything is in flow, in motion, the goal in mind – perfect for situation analysis. The attention is clearly on the professional environment, although the private side is not ignored. During the walk we reflect business ideas, growth plans, strategic dependencies, contractual relationships, personal and family situation, as well as project, leadership and personnel-related topics. Everything is put to the test!

We then summarize these topics on whiteboards, flipcharts and to-do lists in our creative room. By the end of the day, first insights have been gained, milestones have been set, decisions have been made, and our clients are able to apply new solutions that drive results.”

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