Strategic retreat, meet turbulent times. Holding a company business development planning retreat at a resort with golf and some fine dining is so last year.
But just because you do not want to skip social distancing, that does not mean the purpose for the retreat no longer exists. Don’t skip the retreat, but the time has come to do the pandemic pivot.
According to one experienced strategic planning consultant and retreat facilitator, Scott Hamilton, a virtual retreat is critical in these times “to keep your people actively engaged, to get their ideas and input, to get your people on the same page with where you are going, and to evolve your shared purpose, vision and create a fresh, relevant strategy.”
Hamilton, the CEO of NEXTWORKS Strategy of Irvine, California, has led many strategic planning retreats. He is a former corporate executive with DirecTV, Nestle, Golden State Foods and ARAMARK.