By James Carter
Tim Hume of CNN interviewed Founder and CEO, James Carter, about the extreme nature of our executive retreats and why they are essential for some executive teams:
A short article can never capture everything that is important but Tim does a great job of highlighting the role these retreats have in the ‘Executive Retreat’ realm.
There are many other articles out there that emphasize the value of extreme retreats but they are not to be selected randomly. Like every other format for retreats, the structure must support the overall goals and outcomes. Or you just end up having a great time – not a bad thing, but you are losing the value of an executive retreat.
The most valuable time you can spend is having a firm understanding of where you are now – A, and where you want to be – B. While this is simplistic, it is not necessarily easy. It may require great deal of courage to face the current situation!
And once you know A, understanding B is the next step – where do you want to be? What do you want from your executive team? Generalities DO NOT work here. What are specific behaviors you want members of the executive team showing. If you answer with something like ‘collaborating’, you are not digging deeply enough and keep going. What will more collaboration do for the organization?
In addition, what are the goals the team must hit? What are those ‘B’s’?
With those answers in mind, you select the format and structure for an executive retreat. And perhaps something extreme is in order!