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5.Showcase your disciplines of leadership. In order to fully benefit from synergy that can be created when everyone is working on same game plan, players must know talents available to team and how to use them for maximum results. The retreat provides an opportunity to highlight individuals and share their contributions in a way that promotes solidarity. 6.Demonstrate collaborative management. The master-mind experience can be very powerful. The process of collaboration transcends concept of “two heads are better than one”. When an organization’s leadership begins to employ ideas of people outside of traditional decision-making track, innovation becomes commonplace.
7.Grow managers into leaders. An organization’s managers can get bogged down in daily activities and inhibit growth of organization. When managers are challenged to become leaders, there is a change in their thought process. It is no longer enough to just get job done. The leader considers consequential implications of decisions made focusing on what is best for all stakeholders.
8.Recognize individual contributions. Just receiving an invitation to participate in organization’s retreat is recognition of an individual’s contribution to past successes. Having their work recognized is cited time and again as major factor related to satisfaction with a person’s work. When planning retreat, it is important to consider recognition factor in venue selection.
9.Inspire independent thinking. An organization is only as good as people it employs to deliver its goods and services. Those people must be creative problem-solvers while constantly keeping vision and goals in focus. In an environment of trust and openness independent thinking is worth risk. During retreat, participants increase their knowledge and, consequently, power to think. 10.Realize full potential of participants. In every organization there are untapped resources. Those resources exist in human potential more than any other area. There is an invisible “force”, if you will, that is created by bringing participants together in retreat experience. Everyone involved wants to be their best and give their all. There are resources that are made available which would otherwise be beyond reach.
YES…a carefully crafted retreat can accomplish all of above and more. So, what does it take to have a successful retreat?
From outset you need to view retreat as an investment in your business. At a minimum, there will be a significant contribution of time in planning and in taking your leadership out of operations on day of retreat. You might decide that it makes sense to hire a professional facilitator or to use a facility that is well-suited to a retreat experience.
To ensure that you reap all rewards possible from retreat, there are many things to consider. From invitation list to venue and everything in between, success of retreat will be a direct reflection of what went into its planning.
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According to Gala, “Retreat facilitation is one of the most rewarding things she does.” Gala holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development, is a certified public accountant, certified financial planner, published author, executive development coach and business consultant with over 25 years of experience. She can be reached at (702) 386-4111 or by e-mail at Gala@MetaCommIntl.com.