Monday, July 29, 2013

Newmind Summer Party 2013

Thank you Laura for taking the time to craft these amazing
Minion cupcakes! 
Throughout the year Newmind Group brings together employees, family and friends for retreats to build friendship and community. Our time together is used to meet new friends, share stories, and recognize hard work.

This summer we gathered in Covert Park, MI and spent a weekend enjoying the Lake Michigan Beach!

For some of us, the retreat started with camping that included cooking over open fire, stories around a campfire, and a short midnight torrential downpour.

James Duke brewed homemade soda and grabbed
inspiration from historical soda labels to create custrom
Newmind Orange Soda!
The rain didn't drown our spirits and the next morning we awoke to enjoy friends and family!

Newminders from our Minnesota and South Carolina offices even made the trip to enjoy the camaraderie, tasty grilling, awesome desserts - like Minion cupcakes (Thanks Laura!) - Newmind Orange soda, and awards.

One of the most important aspects of the Newmind Group summer retreat is the unveiling of the results of the Newmind Group Peer Review. Every year Newminders rate each other in 5 areas measuring productivity, innovation, reflection, work/life balance, and teamwork. This is also an opportunity for Newminders to award each other with custom awards.

Congratulations to this year's "Co-Newminders of the Year"
Ryan Hawkins & James Duke.

The Newminder with the highest score in each category is recognized and the Newminder with the highest overall score is crowned "Newminder of the Year" - affording them bragging rights for a year and few other confidential perks!

Companies and organizations hold yearly gatherings for different reasons, but usually they're meant to help with bonding, team building, or maybe even management showing they care about their employees. At Newmind Group, we like planning regular gatherings and retreats because they give us time to Rest & Reflect. We get to joke about the past year and keep perspective.

Thank you for a great year and here's to more fun working together!