1. Set a tight and focused agenda. Select no more than 3 topics for discussion. If you try to cover too much or too little, you will not be as productive.
2. Bring all the information you need. Before the retreat, ask your team to gather information on your business as well as your competitors.
3. Use subtle music to enhance creative thinking. Many studies have shown that people think more creatively when Mozart, Bach, and other classical music is played in the background. This falls along the lines of holding your retreat at an offbeat place in order to help free you and your teams thinking.
Joshua Gair – Impact Entertainment Services