5 Questions to help you plan your next Minneapolis leadership retreat

Developing your team contributes to the bottom line of your business or organization. Designing a leadership retreat for your Minneapolis business can have positive effects for your business and customers. 

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If you're ready to plan a retreat for your team, then knowing where to start can help you develop and execute a plan that works.  As you kick off your planning, consider answering these five questions to get you started. 

1. What do you want to accomplish? 

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Before you can dive into the details of your retreat, it's important to identify what you want to accomplish.  Your leadership retreat will need to address the current needs of your team and achieve the goals of your retreat.  Setting a target for your retreat can help you stay focused on your overall purpose. 

2. What kinds of activities help you accomplish your goals? 

Your retreat activities will be determined by the goals you set.  Typical leadership retreats will include a combination of casual conversations for team building, teaching & training, small group discussions, and collaborative trouble shooting sessions as your team moves forward. It's important to identify what types of activities will help you execute a successful event. 

3. How will you cover the logistics? 

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Behind every great retreat is a list of details that need your attention. You'll want to think through what kinds of environments will help you accomplish your goals.  From a hotel meeting room to a wooded retreat resort, you'll want to choose a location that will help you arrive at your focused objectives. Think through the resources you'll need for discussions and training, food and refreshments, and set up. You can create stakeholders by delegating logistical details to individuals on the team. 

4. How will your retreat be organized? 

Set a basic agenda that suits the personality of your team and the material you wish to cover.  Be sure to schedule time for structured discussions and more organic relationship building times. Creating a foundational agenda will ensure that your retreat runs smoothly and feels organized to your participants.

5. How did it go? 

Evaluation and debrief are just as important as the details that go into planning your retreat.  You'll want to debrief key takeaways with your team before you wrap up and create a process for evaluating what elements to improve for next time. 

Answering these 5 questions will help you launch your leadership retreat planning process and develop leadership training that gets results for you and your organization. 

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Looking for leadership development training activities? 

We're here to help. The Leadership Game is designed for leadership retreats and can help your team understand their own individual contributions and increase productivity as your learn to work better together. Facilitated by business coach, Dr. Stephen Crawford, your team will enhance communication and provide training that works.  

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