Importance of Getting Away

This afternoon until Wednesday, we’ve scheduled an off-site staff planning retreat to try and nail down the rest of this year and beginning of next.  We’ve tried to do planning stuff around here, but it just doesn’t work the same.  Here’s just some of my thoughts on why it’s important to get away.

  1. Fresh environment = fresh ideas
  2. It creates energy and movement (which is exactly what we’re trying to harness and create)
  3. Actually allows for more flexibility.  How?  If we schedule a meeting, we’ve got a start and stop time.  If we go away for a few days the schedule is much more flexible because we have days to re-adjust it.
  4. Fewer distractions.  Depending on where you go, this may or may not be true.  We’re actually going to a private house on the water where there’s no internet.  Pretty distraction free (it’s focus that is sometimes hard to maintain)
  5. Quality improves.  When we don’t have a big picture of where we’ve been or where we’re going, there’s a dangerous tendency to just “do things the way we’ve always done it.”  But when we get away, we gain perspective and the freedom to think bigger.
  6. Builds trust.  The longer you spend with people, the better you get to know them.  I work with some amazing guys that I trust, but if I hadn’t spent so much time with them at events and retreats, that story might be different.
  7. Creates ownership.  When we all get together and talk big picture, everyone is a part.  When we leave, everyone knows where we’re going and it creates ownership of what it is we’re trying to do

So with that said, we’re off.  Pray for us as we listen and plan for the future.

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