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Why I Hate Retreats

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Nov 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

My relationship with retreats has always been rocky. In fact, my first reaction when I receive a retreat invitation is “I hate retreats.” Which of my objections below is coming out of your mouth?

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Topics: Retreats

4 Unique Team-Building Exercises for Your Next Retreat

Posted by Ashley Roy on Nov 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM

It seems as association professionals, we attend multiple retreats a year. Staff retreats, board retreats, strategic planning retreats…and on most of those agendas is the dreaded “ice breaker” exercise.

While the intent behind these activities is good – team building, getting to know one another and improving communications – the execution can get a little stale. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them though. Instead, we need to melt the preconception (see what I did there), avoid the use of the word “ice breaker” and shake things up.

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Topics: Retreats

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