Running a business can be overwhelming, and getting bogged down in day-to-day details can hinder strategic thinking. Sometimes, taking a step back and creating space is essential to moving your business forward. That’s where an executive retreat comes in. In this post, we cover five ways to structure an executive retreat for your business.
- Define your goal: Before scheduling an executive retreat, identify what you want to accomplish. This could be anything from generating more revenue to planning a marketing event or scheduling classes for the upcoming quarter.
- Choose the right space: When choosing a retreat location, ensure that it is a place where you can focus without distractions. (For some, this may mean avoiding your home!) Consider all your options such as library study rooms or an Airbnb.
- Clear your mind: A helpful way to declutter your mind is to make a to-do list. Write down every task you can think of, and then review it. If a task only takes a few minutes, do it later. For tasks that require deep focus or multiple steps, consider adding them to your retreat agenda.
- Schedule the time: It can be challenging to dedicate three to four days to an executive retreat. If that’s the case, consider breaking up your retreat into 90-minute to 3-hour sessions.
- Get to work: It’s time to start your retreat! Don’t forget to take breaks, such as going for walks or watching some Netflix. However, during your work sessions, consider using a site blocker to eliminate any temptations.
Executive retreats are an excellent way to provide space for strategic thinking to move your business forward. By following this outline, you can ensure your first executive retreat will be a successful one.
Inspiration for this post comes from Christy Nelson’s article “Make Time for Executive Retreats,” published in the April 2023 issue of Creative Retailer. Christy Nelson is the owner of Makit Takit, a craft studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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