A Vibrant Staff Retreat: Unveiling True Colors, Barbie Style, and Exploring Justice

In the fast-paced world of professional life, it’s essential to take a step back, recharge, and reconnect with colleagues. Our recent staff retreat was the perfect blend of learning, bonding, and fun! With a Real Colors Workshop, a Barbie-themed ambiance, abundant food, and an eye-opening tour of the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices, it was an event to remember. 

The journey started with our Riverside and Temecula staff members taking an adventurous drive out to Indio to partake in our retreat. Road trips, no matter how short or long, give individuals time to get to know others as well as themselves. We all arrived to a very welcoming atmosphere where the staff in Indio were already getting the occasion started. It’s hard to not get things rolling when there’s coffee and treats to fill your belly. 

Real Colors Workshop: Discovering Our True Colors 

The retreat kicked off with a Real Colors Workshop, a transformative experience designed to help us understand our personalities, communication styles, and how we work together as a team. The workshop utilized the four-color model – Blue, Gold, Green, and Orange – to categorize different personality types. 

As we delved into our own colors and learned to appreciate the unique strengths and preferences of each team member, we forged deeper connections and gained valuable insights into effective communication. This newfound understanding laid the foundation for improved collaboration and synergy in our work environment. 

Workshops like this are necessary in discovering new and old ways to communicate with colleagues. Upon improving our communication with one another, we can then roll over that newfound confidence in the way that we serve the public. 

Barbie-Themed Retreat: Embracing Creativity and Collaboration 

From pink silverware to glittering streamers, the décor exuded a vibrant and playful energy that set the tone for the day. The Barbie theme wasn’t just about aesthetics; it was a symbolic representation of embracing creativity, individuality, and collaboration. 

Exploring Justice: A Glimpse into the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Offices 

In addition to our immersive workshops, we were given the unique opportunity to take a guided tour of the District Attorney’s office and the Public Defender’s office. This eye-opening experience provided us with valuable insights into the workings of the justice system. Witnessing firsthand the dedication and passion of those involved in the pursuit of justice was truly inspiring and added an important layer of perspective to our retreat. 

Celebrating Lauren Patterson: 5 Years of Dedication 

A special moment during our retreat was the recognition of Lauren Patterson, who has been an invaluable member of our law library team for over five years. Lauren’s dedication, passion, and hard work were instrumental in putting together this exceptional event. Her commitment to creating a meaningful experience for all of us truly shone through. Always willing to go the extra mile for library patrons and staff, Lauren Patterson is a core pillar of the RCLL mission and goals

Key Takeaways and Reflections 

The retreat was not only an opportunity for team building but also a chance for personal growth and self-reflection. The Real Colors Workshop empowered us to appreciate the diverse strengths within our team and provided practical tools for effective communication. 

The Barbie theme, though whimsical, encouraged us to embrace creativity and individuality, reminding us that our unique qualities are what make us a strong and dynamic team.  It also gave us an outlet to have fun. Our work can sometimes involve stressful moments, so this occasion allowed many of us to reveal our humorous side as well. 

In conclusion, our staff retreat was a remarkable blend of learning, bonding, and enjoyment. The Real Colors Workshop, set against a vibrant Barbie-themed backdrop, allowed us to discover our true colors and appreciate the strengths of our colleagues. The delicious Chipotle lunches and Panera breakfasts, along with the insightful tours of the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices, added layers of enrichment to our experience. This retreat served as a reminder that when we come together with open hearts and minds, we can achieve incredible things as a team.

Written by: the faithful public serving RCLL staff 


By rcll

September 22, 2023

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