Looking For Leaders? Take Your Staff Off-Site by David Roth at Forbes on 19 December 2013.
The author talks about the challenges and benefits of having an off-site leadership retreat. Some of the pointers raised:
- Off-site means off-site (don’t fall into the trap of having it at the office – your efforts will get derailed)
- Discuss, don’t lecture (you want active participation and multiple viewpoints)
- Engage with each other as human beings first, then as co-leaders (build upon a relationship of trust)
- Use outside facilitators strategically (you may get some resistance on this, but you can be successful if you find the right “fit”)
- Follow up, follow up, follow up (it’s easy to slip back to pre-retreat ways of behavior and thinking. You have to make sure that you bring forward all the useful discoveries from the retreat for the whole thing to be of value)