When I worked at a small company of less than 45 employees, the CEO and co-founder of the company would take small groups of 5-6 people out to dinner to get to know us better. His schedule was always packed with off-site meetings, working lunches, and client dinners, but he always made time to mentor us and provide learning opportunities to help us grow professionally. The dinner helped me to not only respect him as a leader but also trust him as a mentor.
There’s something special about breaking bread together and getting outside the fast-paced work environment that helped everyone in the group get to know each other on a deeper level. I had fun, interesting conversations with some of the people who tended to drive me crazy at work. After the dinner, our interactions were warmer, and we were able to communicate more honestly and effectively with each other. It’s funny how getting to know someone on a more personal level can help bridge the gaps and disagreements that happen at work. What a difference one meal together can make!
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb