Executive retreats are the Rolls Royces of meetings. Because they're designed for senior executives, however, the stakes for planning one are typically high -- just like the budget.
"Planning an executive retreat is always a mixed bag," saysSuccessful Meetings contributor Terri Hardin. "Generally, the budget for these items is healthy enough to ensure a successful program; on the other hand, it's a meeting planned for the boss and senior management, so -- no pressure!"
According to Hardin, a successful meeting for senior management starts at the top.
"Interview the CEO extensively and often while planning the program," she advises. "Anne Thornley-Brown, president of the Toronto-based consulting firm Executive Oasis International, recommends selecting a theme that parallels the company's concerns, then building exercises and activities around that."
The result will be a retreat that's not just posh, but also productive.