Planning Retreat Evaluation We had 38 surveys returned. Several respondents checked multiple volunteer responsibilities.
I have a solid understanding of the responsibilities required for my role.
What could have been done differently • Nice job with chartering the DTF team • I think there is a learning curve for a challenge master and having a list of specific duties/timeline would be helpful • Nothing, part of this is uncertainty • Nothing, I am embracing uncertainty • I still could use a final training session • Nothing, we are supposed to be a little unsure • The beginning of developing a process is hard to rate. We’ll see what the follow thru is, that can be rated. • Nothing, I am trying to live with uncertainty • Provide feedback from TMs as to what they see our role to be/what they need from us • A step by step description of what we would be doing. But I don’t think I am supposed to know exactly what I’m doing yet • More understanding about will happen
I developed stronger relationships with the people in my region and across the state
What could have been done differently • Talking to more people…I don’t talk a lot so it is my fault • Knowing who to talk to and have people talk to me • Understanding where we are coming from • As an experienced CM most everyone was known. Introduce 10 new people to our region • Very good job, relationships are built on time and exposure • A little more unstructured time to spend together • More time- but we used the time well • Things like the retreat, getting together and sitting with others not in your challenge, social events. Tournament are too hectic to talk to people. • More time to talk to individuals. I’m not expecting it or asking for it. • Nice to have people to bond with • Social functions are great for building relationships • I liked meeting meeting with the regional directors to get to know who’s who
I am excited about the possibilities for Colorado Extreme Creativity and the kids we serve
What could have been done differently • Always leave the retreat charged! • Great ideas and information exchange • Nothing • I like the program, I like being a challenge master. I love what DI did for my child. I would like ideas on what to say in a short space of time to convey what DI is and how important it is to the whole education of our children.
Expectations for this retreat • Getting to know Kris and Kate, getting to know different people, learning more • More concrete planning • I am not sure what expectations I had, just that I very much want to enhance the opportunities in the state for people to experience creative problem solving.
What could have been done differently • This was the best retreat meeting that I have attended. It was the first time I have seen financial accounting and the kickoff for the DTF team was a great opportunity • Soda • I very well spent day • Actually it was excellent from many perspectives • Too much time in meetings and not enough time after Sat. session to come back to prepare dinner. • I honestly had no idea what would happen • I only give a “4” because lots of work had been done in the past, with no change. I remain somewhat concerned that real change will not occur. • Establish the theme/goal earlier/at the outset. Purposes of the exercise wasn’t opportune. • I don’t know what I was expecting, so there was nothing to meet • I had no idea what to expect, so it couldn’t have possibly met the expectation I didn’t have • I had no expectations • I had no expectations prior to this meeting
What would like to see covered at future annual retreats • It was all wonderful • Publicity • I liked the 1-day format. Bob did a great job of keeping things moving • More interactions between roles • How can we consolidate our resources. Implementation of previous years work/plans. How was what we did implemented, were our ideas used • Specific items to implement • Products to sell, fundraising • Review of the past year and plans for the upcoming year. Participation and kick off of any improvement activities • Practical, hands-on things to take home • Devise training for the head appraisers, more of the same as today • Answers • Don’t know yet • More time with same positioned people • I’m useless with these types of questions. I believe you know more than I do and trust you to cover what’s needed • Vision and strategy with action items • Our future meeting places
What would you like to see covered at this year’s CM meetings • Role of CMs in building the future of the organization • Consistency, how is it defined • Detailed discussion not a rush to see who can get don the fastest and go home • 100% attendance or deal with those absent • Training for head appraiser how to give more help to RCMs that don’t know they need it • More time to flesh out and fix small tournament issues • How to handle difficult issues at tournaments • Training issues, how to make it more TM friendly, kid friendly • How to handle delivering scores positively and handling potentially controversial results with the teams, constructively. And to avoid escalating unnecessarily leaving people with a positive feeling • Roles and responsibilities
What would you like to see covered at this year’s CM meetings • How can we be more consistent . Complete list and timeline that we developed, some specific training on conflict resolution for teams at the tournament. Discussion of deductions. • Using website • The nuances of the challenge • Training, volunteers, appraisers • More about problems and suggested solutions • What struggles we will face and how to deal with them. • What can ACMs do to help. Is there any way to tap into the ICMs regarding problem development and possible issues. • Consistency • Publicity, recruitment, staying awesome
What would you like to see covered at this year’s TM meetings • Support, support, support • Stress interference, and how it doesn’t help the kids’ creativity grow • TM skills; challenge understanding, new skills workshops • How to be an effective team manger, what not to do, specifics as much as possible, not just “no interference” • Reaching out to the TMs they know that are not attending training • Better training • How to impact • Better reassurance TM that it will be fun and emphasize how it helps kids. Prevent drop-outs. • Training
What would you like to see covered at this year’s TM meetings • The availability of resources for TMs to prevent alienation • Making the whole training less BORING. Start to final process, forming a team through tournament, good demonstration of problem, actual team • Bring back breakout sessions in some form, info is being lost • Better IC training • Regular challenge breakouts, intro to DI for new TMs, some help with building TM skills, maybe roundtable, good interference info • Outside assistance • Somehow get back to specialized sessions for all tTMs, not just experienced. Separate “elective” day. • Some ways to help high schoolers and how to keep students as alumni • TM mentoring concepts, resource list
What would you like to see covered at this year’s Appraiser meetings • Considerations about what possible solutions are out there? • Conversation about consistency • Reward for volunteering being boring • Good understanding of challeng, how to “award” points, deduction guidelines, general discussion about how to judge creativity • Training for head appraisers with RCMs attending • Recruit your friends • More interesting actual team presentation, judged by challenge masters of that problem • The ability to involve more people and maintain a high QOS among them. • Raising awareness outside the core groups • Help them be more confident and effective • What to expect • Fun • Hands on appraising, matrix scoring
What can we do to help you • Nothing, just keep doing what you're doing for DI • Just keep the info flowing • Keep contact info in a consistent, accessible place for all participants, volunteers, parents and kids • Keep us in the loop as much as possible • Just keep up what you are doing in the current direction • Some of the organizational work/database for resou8rce will be helpful. Being available and responsive • Nothing, I want to help you • Keep communications open and let us know how we can help • Just keep me informed • Better emails
List one goal you have for your work with Colorado Extreme Creativity • Reach more kids • Grow my region, we need more teams • Train the next generation of creative thinkers • Expand the program to non-traditional students • To get kids EVERYWHERE involved • Be more involved as a RD • Make it the best possible experience for each person who I come in contact with • “Shout it from the mountain tops” Name recognition • Recruit HS students to volunteer in score room • Try appraising a challenge • Personal transformation for all involved • My goal this year is to be a better challenge master, I want to be the best 1st line resource for TMs • So many
List one goal you have for your work with Colorado Extreme Creativity • Highest quality of appraisers possible • Improve involvements and judgments • To make it awesomely popular • Start preparing sooner, don’t procrastinate • Increasing alumni participation • Make it fun and open • Establish/maintain better communication with TM • Expand the program in ways not thought of before • Help create the best experience for everyone • A big bright future