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Conducting Successful Retreats

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{Excerpt} People look forward to retreats (or workshops) with excitement or dread. At best, it is a time for renewal, team building, and focusing work. At worst, it is a dull two days of lectures or extended meetings. A good retreat works in three dimensions—the practical, the ideal, and the political—ignore anyone and you are headed for trouble. There are as many reasons for conducting a retreat as there are issues and challenges facing an organization. Among the most common uses of retreats are • Helping set or change strategic direction. • Fostering a collective vision. • Creating a common framework and point of reference. • Developing annual goals, objectives, and budgets. • Discussing specific issues or challenges facing the organization. • Dealing with sources of conflict and confusion. • Generating creative solutions for entrenched problems. • Improving working relationships and increasing trust. • Encouraging honest and enlightened conversations. • Letting people be heard on issues that are important to them. • Orienting new staff.

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2008-12-01

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Asian Development Bank; ADB; poverty; economic growth; sustainability; development

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Required Publisher Statement: This article was first published by the Asian Development Bank (www.adb.org).

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