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A mid-year get together is the perfect way for teams to reconnect, review & course-correct 

Rather than a nice to have, a mid-year review is often critical to an organisation’s success. Much like a regular oil check, it ensures that your team is running smoothly, that you haven’t drifted off course, and that everyone is onboard, aligned and functioning like a well-oiled machine. 

Yes, January strategy sessions are fantastic. People are well-rested, fired up and ready to tackle the year ahead. But a lot can change in six months. Staff come and go, unexpected challenges – or new opportunities – crop up and, for hybrid teams especially, focus, morale and team communication can begin to slip. 

In other words, a mid-year strategy session ensures you end the year as strongly as you started. 

Safari Plains - Bush DinnerNot convinced? Here are just 5 good reasons to book a mid-year corporate getaway: 

1. Check-in with your team

Your people are your biggest asset, but where are they personally? Are they still engaged and focussed? Or are they feeling tired and burned out? A corporate reset is a great way to gauge team morale – and give staff a mid-year boost if needed. 

2. Refresh your focus 

Does January feel like a long time ago? Are your 2023 goals already a distant memory? Maybe it’s time to refresh your focus and remind yourself – and your team – about the big picture 

3. Measure progress 

As Peter Drucker, the ‘father of modern business management’ once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Put simply, if you don’t measure your progress, then how do you know if you’re doing well? Or poorly? A mid-year getaway is a great opportunity to pull out your data, analyse your dashboards, and see exactly where you stand. For example: 

  • Are you where you want to be? 
  • Are you still able to meet the year’s goals? 
  • What needs more attention? 
  • Are any goals no longer relevant? 

4. Reset and recalibrate 

Once you’ve analysed your progress you might need to recalibrate your plans. A June, July or August strategy session still allows time to course-correct, whereas November is too late. 

5. Reflect and celebrate 

Importantly, you’ll want to reflect on what’s gone right, mark any milestones and celebrate any wins. It’s a wonderful way to keep up momentum (and morale). 

Extraordinary’s ‘reset’ recipe for success: 

It doesn’t matter if your team is 5- or 500-strong, a good corporate reset requires privacy, connectivity and plenty to do outside of your working sessions. 

Happily, Extraordinary can deliver on all! Here’s our selection of top venues to consider in 2023: 

The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town 

With staggering views of Table Mountain and located in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant City Bowl, the Cape Milner Hotel is the perfect place to reignite your team’s passion and creativity. 

  • Full Day Conference Package – R485.00 per person 

Includes: Arrival tea/coffee and snack, mid-morning tea/coffee and snack, lunch and afternoon tea/coffee and snack. 

  • Half Day Conference Package – R427.00 per person 

Includes: Arrival tea/coffee and snack, mid-morning tea/coffee and snack and lunch. 

Safari Plains, Waterberg, Limpopo 

Situated in the magnificent Waterberg, Safari Plains delivers a luxury, tented camp experience not soon forgotten. Perfect for smaller groups, it is the place to reconnect with your C-suite!  

  • Full Day Conference Package – R720.00 per person  

Includes: One conference venue, two tea/coffee breaks and lunch.  

  • Half Day Conference Package – R430.00 per person  

Includes: One conference venue, one tea/coffee break.  

  • 24 Hour Conference Package  

R2,580.00 per person sharing per night  

R3,160.00 single person per night  

Includes: One conference venue, accommodation, 3 meals, two tea/coffee breaks per day, one game drive per day and exclusive bush dinner.  

Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg, Limpopo 

Just three hours from Johannesburg but a million miles from the office, Mabula Game Lodge is all about taking a breath and recalibrating in the Africa bushveld.  

  • Full Day Conference Package – R690.00 per person 

Includes: One conference venue, two tea/coffee breaks and lunch.  

  • Half Day Conference Package – R410.00 per person  

Includes: One conference venue, one tea/coffee break.  

  • 24 Hour Conference Package   

R1,970.00 per person sharing per night  

R2,490.00 single person per night  

Includes: One conference venue, welcome drink, accommodation, 3 meals, two tea/coffee breaks and one game drive per day. 

Angels View, Mpumalanga 

Unsurprisingly, Angels View is all about the view. But set on a 100-hectare estate on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route, it’s also about space, luxury accommodation, generous hospitality, and the ability to host ‘super-sized’ company get-togethers with ease.  

  • Full Day Conference Package – R485.00 per person 

Includes: Arrival tea/coffee and snacks, lunch and afternoon tea/coffee and snacks.  

  • Half Day Conference Package – R425.00 per person   

Includes: Arrival tea/coffee and snacks and lunch.  

  • 24 Hour Conference Package – R2,295.00 single person per night  

Includes: Accommodation, 3 meals, conference venue and two tea/coffee breaks per day.