Too bad some companies have so many employees that they can’t take everybody on executive retreats.
Hold on! Why can’t everybody go?
Companies are a collection of work groups. Motorcoach buses seat 55 persons, some school buses seat 70. If your company institured a retreat-to-rewind policy for all employees, the workgroups can figure out their own retreat needs. We’ll put travelers with the right-sized vehicles that will get you there as cost effectively as we can. Work groups are small enough to form democratic decisions. Now that we’ve determined everybody can go, where should you go? In Central Massachusetts, Kripalu Center in Stockbridge is a day trip from Boston offering a getaway retreat and mindfulness sessions. There are more places to go than we have space to discuss on this page.
You could also do baseball games or a similar arena high energy venue. Think about what you’d like to do at a retreat and you’ll come up with ideas. While we are highlighting jazz and film festivals coming up in August, like the Newport Jazz Festival Aug 3-5 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. which accommodates thousands of people a day, we’ll put in a strong recommendation for FARM.FIELD.SEA (FFS) on the vineyard, the 2017 Massvacations.com pick for great adventure day trip destinations. FFS places people as close to the earth, the culture and the waters surrounding Martha’s Vineyard Island as you can go. Business retreats are an opportunity for both you and your business to grow, evolve, and take stock of your current and future objectives.
If you’re wondering exactly how they can benefit you and your company, then read on and you’ll soon be booking transportation service from us to a retreat near you!
A way to build relationships
One of the most important parts of any successful company is the relationships that you build up. Relationships provide you with new opportunities for business, and fellow business owners can offer skills-swaps in order to enhance your company.
Business retreats are an excellent place for you to build relationships with co-workers or your customers. In order to make the most of these opportunities, think about what areas of your business you want to develop.
Review the list of attendees for the retreat you’re heading to and establish who you can offer expertise to…and who can offer you skills in return.
For an idea of the sheer range of qualities you can expect from a business retreat, this is what Kyle Kesterson, CEO and founder of animation business Freak’n Genius, had to say about a retreat which the business owners attending had to list their skills: “With such a high-performing group, it took up a whole board.”
Lets you take stock and allows you to prioritize
Getting away to a business retreat isn’t all about energizing your brain and filling it with new ideas. One of the greatest benefits that your company will get is that a retreat gives you some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day of running your business.
Here, you will be able to take stock and figure out what’s important to your business right now.
Take a chance to really think about what your priorities are for your business and to evaluate if the direction you are currently taking is leading you towards your long-term goals.
That’s what Susan Jacobs, owner of Blue Zan Consulting, has taken from her experiences at business retreats. As she says: “a change of scenery, intense focus, accountability, community, learning more about myself, and a clear plan of action are some of the benefit I’ve gained from going on a retreat.”
Come away from your retreat with clear action points and you will return to your company with the clear head you need to take your business to the next level.
For example, you might decide you need to invest in new technology to help bring greater accountability to you business — like introducing a time management tool. This would allow track what you and your employees are spending their time on and give you a chance to make sure that you are focused on your priority projects.
An investment in your business’ future
It’s not just through skill-swaps that you can use business retreats to drive your business forwards.
Spending time with fellow high-achievers gives you a chance to brainstorm ideas and look at things from a new perspective – while no one knows your business better than you, getting the objective thoughts of another business might give you a new idea that adds a new source of revenue to your business.
Inspiration is hard and is something that you can’t plan for, but you can help yourself to get there by working at it and looking for it in the right places.
Business retreats are an excellent source of this but you should also search as wide as possible. For example, you could take inspiration from your employees, from your loved ones, from other successful US businesses, or you could invest in a executive business coach to further your new business goals and plans.
Those are just a few ideas. For more, check out the excellent video below which lists 5 great sources of inspiration…
You need a break from the everyday stresses of business life
The value you take from business retreats doesn’t just come from business growth — it’s also a time to get away from work and recharge your batteries.
Your business depends on you, and if you are not at 100%, then your business won’t be able to operate at its maximum capacity. As Robert Connelly explains, it is important to “take time to recharge your batteries. It’s hard to see where you’re going when your lights are dim.”
Treat your business retreats as a chance to have some leisure time and recharge for the next big growth spurt.
There are lots of benefits of business retreats for business owners. From getting ideas that could revolutionize your company, forming a community with fellow businesses, or just taking the time to recharge your batteries and return to work at 100% — a business retreat is an easy way to ensure your business is on the right track.
Kayleigh Alexandra is a content writer for Micro Startups. Follow Kayleigh’s company on Twitter @getmicrostarted.