Coaches Corner: The Annual Retreat

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We’ve all been to at least one annual retreat. Usually held outside of the office, perhaps in a setting removed from the every day hustle and bustle or maybe in a unique, creative space designed to get everyone’s minds off of current work so we can focus on the future. The purpose is simple: To step back from day-to-day demands and strategically focus on gaining a competitive edge.

In theory, it sounds great. A chance to plan and strategize along with improve interoffice relationships, build trust and provide feedback. But do retreats actually work when it comes to development?

In this next episode of Leadership Talks, the Coaches discuss the pitfalls of annual retreats, the difference between “trainer-tainment” and an event connected to an organization’s business strategy, and the myth of development as a one-time event.


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And, if you are planning an annual retreat (whether in-person or via Zoom), here are some questions to consider before creating the agenda:

  1. What do I want my team to get out of this event?
  2. Do we need to shift our current behavior to achieve business goals and what does that look like?
  3. What is the ongoing plan after the retreat to maintain accountability and focus?
  4. How will we measure success?



Want to hear more from Senior Leadership Consultant BJ McKay? Watch his previous Leadership Talk focused on determining the ROI on leadership development.

And, to connect with BJ directly with questions or future episode topics, click here.