MSA Winter Retreat Was on FIRE!Twice a year, Martin Starnes & Associates CPAs, P.A. (MSA) holds a firm retreat for all staff. Retreats have varied from team building at a ropes course to breaking barriers karate-style with wooden boards. Although the activity may change, the purpose is always the same: how can MSA be the best that we can be? On February 5th, MSA held its first retreat for 2015 featuring Denise Ryan of Firestar Speaking.
A self-described "motivational pyromaniac," Denise is an award winning North Carolina based professional speaker who specializes in "lighting fires." Denise holds the title of Certified Speaking Professional, a designation awarded to fewer than 10 percent of professional speakers and received the 2008 North Carolina Association of CPA's Speaker of the Year Award. Denise offers an interactive program to address a number of workplace challenges.
Denise led MSA in a program designed to bridge generational gaps. In today's workplace, four generations work side by side, and MSA is no different. Shared experiences shaped these generations, and these experiences influenced the work styles of each generation. Denise helped us learn more about recognizing the strengths and values of each of the generations – WWII, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials.
After learning about each of the generations, we then learned about different communication styles – Controller/Director, Promoter/Socializer, Supporter/Relater, Analyzer/Thinker.
During the day, we broke down into groups to give us the visual of which team members fell into each generation then again for each communication style. Employees enjoyed the chance to learn more about their teammates. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn about the diversity within our team and thank Denise for her enthusiasm and spark!
Article by: Stacee Rash, Tax Manager