04.2011 - Planning Leadership Retreats that Lead to Break-Through Results

As Spring 2011 approaches, we look forward to the promise of new growth.  This is especially so this year after the recent harsh winter.  Business leaders are also looking forward to a season of robust growth as we emerge from the harshest economic conditions in most of our lifetimes. 

It’s the perfect time to capitalize on renewed potential by gathering your key talent and taking an in-depth look at the current economic landscape, the competitive conditions within your industry and at how to position your organization for future growth.  One of the best ways to do this is to get away from daily routine and create a space for open, structured and thoughtful conversation.

Leadership retreats are a vital tool for recharging management teams and creating lasting impact.  Here are a few tips to help leaders get memorable, meaningful and substantive results – for the short term and well into the future. 

  • Have a CLEAR PURPOSE.
  • Include the RIGHT TEAM members
  • Establish MEANINGFUL OBJECTIVES
  • Ensure team members participate in retreat DESIGN and PRE-WORK
  • Establish a FOCUSED AGENDA
  • Employ PROVEN PROCESSES and tools
  • Create clear ACTION PLANSwith timelines and accountability
  • Schedule regular FOLLOW UP to track progress
  • Hire a PROFESSIONAL FACILITATOR

We understand retreats are an investment of time and resources and that it is critical to get the most out of your investment.  We work with you to plan a retreat that results in a focused set of aligned strategic priorities that leverages organizational capability, competitive advantage and strategic assets.

What Can A Retreat Achieve?

People tend to embrace and promote what they help create, and a carefully planned retreat can be an important first step to embedding real change into your organization.

Focus on PEOPLE

  • Allow colleagues to get to know and come to trust one another.
  • Contribute to creating a new and healthier culture for the organization.
  • Deal with sources of overt or buried conflict.
  • Encourage people to take risks that are necessary for the organization to thrive.
  • Help people feel heard about issues that matter to them. 

Focus on WORK

  • Create a common frame of reference on past events and future expectations.
  • Develop more effective ways of working together.
  • Generate new solutions for old problems.
  • Create a shared vision that gets everyone pulling in the same direction.
  • Help change your organization’s strategic direction. 
  • Help people see things in new ways and envision new possibilities for themselves and the organization.

Why Hold A Retreat?

Retreats are an effective platform for accomplishing major organizational objectives.

  • Enhance or create a new organizational vision.
  • Establish a strategic framework.
  • Charter a strategic or key process team.
  • Create a high performing team.
  • Establish more effective relationships.
  • Amplify your organization’s culture.
  • Harness the collective strength of the group to enhance innovation.
  • Enhance decision-making skills to make needed decisions.
  • Resolve problems or correct course when issues need attention.
  • Explore the outside environment; examine trends, venture into new territory and investigate “what if” scenarios.
  • Create productive mindsets by changing perceptions, attitudes and behaviors.

Which Groups Could Benefit From a Retreat in Your Organization?

  • Boards of Directors
  • Cross-functional Teams
  • Customer/Vendor Teams
  • Department Heads
  • Department Teams
  • Executive Teams
  • Middle Managers
  • Product Development Teams
  • Project Teams
  • Sales and Marketing Teams
  • Senior Teams