Retreats That Work Everything You Need to Know about Planning and Leading Great Offsites

ISBN-10: 078798275X

ISBN-13: 9780787982751

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

List price: $76.00
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Based on the best-selling first edition, this greatly expanded and updated version contains forty-seven new activities, more information about how to design and lead retreats, and additional suggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROM allows you to print out chapters for distribution to key leaders, duplicate templates, and produce handouts for specific exercises. Whether you're planning to lead an offsite retreat for the first time or the ninety-ninth time, this easy-to-use, one-stop resource provides: Step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises. Insight into establishing effective working relationships with clients. Information on what to include in your retreat designs. Suggestions for encouraging participants to speak up and play an active role. Tools for managing conflict. Guidance on making decisions during a retreat and changing course when necessary. Strategies for developing and implementing action plans. Tips for follow-up so you can keep the change train on track. Order your copy of this practical guide today!
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Book details

List price: $76.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Materials for the Facilitator
Working with the Client
Nine Reasons to Hold a Retreat
Ten Reasons Not to Hold a Retreat
What If the Client Is Your Boss?
Aligning Yourself with the Client
Kinds of Retreats
Using a Specialized Retreat Format
Planning the Retreat
Pre-Retreat Interviews with Participants
Identifying the Scope of Issues and Creating the Retreat Plan
Who's Who in Planning a Retreat
Involving Participants in Retreat Planning
Deciding Whether to Work with a Co-Facilitator
Thinking About Logistics
Creating the Conditions for Success
Retreat Design Issues
Sins of Omission: The Top Retreat Design Mistakes
Prework for Retreat Participants
Using White Space
Capturing the Work Product
Design Issues for a Series of Retreats
Retreat Design Components
Introduction
Ground Rules or Norms
Individual Check-In
Reporting Your Findings
Content Segments
Decision Making
Action Planning
Closing
Post-Retreat Follow-Up
The Importance of Timing
Structuring the Retreat
Group Size and Composition
Varying the Methodologies
Incorporating Rituals
Leading the Retreat
Key Facilitation Practices
Encouraging Participation
Process or Content Facilitator?
When Should the Facilitator Intervene?
Giving Feedback to Retreat Participants
Co-Facilitation Challenges
Diversity Issues
Recording the Group's Work
Monitoring the Group's Energy
Changing the Plan
How to Recover When Things Go Awry
A Few Participants Dominate the Discussions
The Group Keeps Wandering off Task
The Group's Energy Is Flagging
A Participant Keeps Plowing the Same Ground
A Participant Repeatedly Disrupts the Conversations
The Participants Refuse to Deal with Important Issues
A Senior Manager Violates the Ground Rules
People Are Misusing Humor
A Participant Is Overtly Hostile or Refuses to Participate."I'm Outta Here": A Participant Walks Out
A Participant Gets Furious or Defensive or Bursts into Tears
Participants Are Turning the Retreat into a Gripe Session
Participants Are Resisting New Ideas
Activity: Gains and Losses
An Intense Conflict Breaks Out
A Participant Breaches Another's Confidence
The Group Is Resisting You
Helping Participants Make Decisions and Plan for Action
Methods of Decision Making
Activity: Let's Take Our Chances
Types of Retreat Decisions
Activity: Our Stable of Clients or Resources
Activity: Rating Resources
Activity: Criteria Evaluation Grid
Activity: Show Me Our Future
The Nub: Action Planning
Leading a Strategic Planning Retreat
Why Strategic Planning?
Elements of Organization Strategy
Activity: Exploring Strategic Direction
Activity: Prioritizing Constituencies
Activity: Distinctive Competencies
Activity: Our "Proverbial" Differentiation
Activity: Sell Me Glamour
Activity: Centers of Excellence
Discerning the Organization's Values
Activity: Values Vignettes
Activity: Values Auction
Understanding the Environment
Activity: Glimpses into the Future
Activity: Alternative Futures
Evaluating Work Processes
Planning for Action
Activity: Targeting Results
Checking Against Resources
Activity: Resource/Impact Matrix
Devising Strategies
Testing Strategies
Activity: Obstacle Busters I.Writing the Plan 247
Leading a Culture Change Retreat
Great Expectations: What Can Realistically Be Accomplished at a Retreat
Activity: Visit Our Village
Activity: How We Behave
Activity: Timeline of Our History
Activity: Significant Stories
Working with Sensitive or Controversial Issues
Activity: Silent Dialogue
Reward Structures Help Shape Culture
Activity: What Gets Rewarded Here?
Activity: Reward Sonatas
How Individuals Foster Culture Change
Activity: We'll Keep . . . .Recognizing and Removing Obstacles to Change
Activity: Obstacle Busters II.Feedback for Senior Executives
Leading a Team-Building Retreat
If You're Asked to Lead a Team-Building Retreat
Characteristics of a Productive Team
Activity: Are We Dropping the Ba
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