Every year, the Combustion team had a week long offsite retreat. We do this mostly because we really dig each others company. (There was a meatball making competition, real-life testing of a beta board game, and other stuff we can’t mention) But it also gives us time to reflect on the year, strategize and reconnect with our vision. This year, high up on our agenda was our commitment to protecting our ‘people’ – aka participants. This might sound a little weird. I mean why would people who are lucky enough to have their companies invest in (awesome) training need protecting?? Isn’t the fact that their professional and personal development is… Read more >

“I know your workshop details say that this is for 10 people, but do you mind if we do it for 15?” Mind? No, we don’t mind. But it’s not about our feelings. It’s about the participants. Always about the participants. When we design a workshop, we’re always trying to figure out what the best possible way is to communicate information within a transformational experience. Cuz if people don’t walk away having been moved, motivated and empowered to change, they might as we have stayed home and you should have saved your training bucks. And so we play with exercises, content, timing and numbers over and over again until we… Read more >

New website launch today. And everyone at Combustion is pretty pumped. After existing (in several incarnations) for about 8 years, we’ve finally figured out EXACTLY who we are – and this is our chance to sing about it. When I launched my first training company, I spent a lot of time worrying about ‘positioning’. As a former agency CD, I was hyper aware of the fact that I was trying to build a distinct brand and every decision I made could be a critical make or break one. What I forgot was that just by ‘being’, my corporate brand was being built – one hug, one f-bomb and one smartass… Read more >