The International Academy for Business Coaching and Training
International member of the Association for Coaching
The most common problems faced by business leaders are rarely single issues but are a lack of time to think, reflect and plan. A retreat is a short time taken out of normal life completely. It is designed to break the pattern of normality and provide an opportunity for new and creative thinking, genuine reflection and holistic planning to incorporate both business and personal needs.
In a few days at a properly organised retreat a team can achieve more clear thinking, effective reflection and dynamic personal planning than the time would in normal circumstances allow. The combination of light physical activity, guided reflection exercises and group leisure time is deigned to maximise the long term psychological impact of the programme; typically delegates achieve a clarity of thinking beyond what would otherwise be achieved normally. Decision making, commitment to new action and clarity of goal-related vision are also typical outcomes of an executive team building retreat.
Early starts, stimulating days and relaxing finishes
Typically a retreat day will begin with an optional physical activity. This might be a swim, light run, walk, an aerobics class, dance session or similar. A group breakfast is then followed by a couple of hours guided thinking: Models of behaviour, ways of thinking and approaches to achievement are unwrapped by an expert and presented in an informal style. Participants then apply these to their own circumstances and work together to think them through and reflect on them. After lunch a participative activity is normally arranged that is both enjoyable and provides a break from work related thinking; it is necessary to provide a break to allow for processing of new information and then a genuine reflection. Evenings may include optional activities and meal suggestions along with the encouraging of a good nights sleep. By the close of a 4 day leaders retreat each delegate will have explored their personal goals, business goals and any barriers or challenges that the achievement of both present; they will have thought about the relationships crucial to their success and will have formulated a pragmatic plan of action.
The most effective leaders find time to THINK, time to REFLECT, and time to PLAN
4 Day Executive Team Build Retreat
Experience suggests 4 days away as being the optimum duration; day 1 to acclimatise, day 2 to change pace, day 3 to benefit from creative thinking and day 4 to consolidate and plan future actions
Day 1 - To have analysed key result areas of personal life; determined current levels of satisfaction in each and clarified expectations, needs and desires for every area. Day 2 - To have analysed key result areas of business; determined current levels of satisfaction in each and clarified expectations, needs and desires for every area. Day 3 - To have recognised conflicts, challenges and changes of behaviour required to achieve both personal and business goals Day 4 - To have specified the supportive relationships necessary to achieve goals, established an initial tactical action plan and longer term strategic approach for achievement.