3 Valuable Tips for Planning an Executive Retreat or Strategic Brainstorming Session

When budget season approaches, year-end and holiday parties start emerging into focus. Close behind are strategy retreats for executive and board teams. Your strategic retreat is a time for reassessing goals, evaluating what’s working, and updating your perspective on competitive risks and opportunities. Ensuring your team is on the same page, aligned, and proactively creating strategic plans in a collaborative framework is critical. So how do you maximize this opportunity for team brainstorming and ideation? Here are 3 of our top tips from decades in the event industry. Tried and tested pathways for cohesion, innovation and a touch of wonder.
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Tip #1: Make a Bold Statement with Your Choice of Venue

Communicate that 2024 is a new chapter in your company’s history by choosing a venue that makes a statement. Unconventional, unexpected locations or unique venues will automatically be memorable and pique curiosity. Consider a remote vineyard, a historic mansion, or an avant-garde art gallery. Tie in a takeaway gift that is symbolic, branded, and a reminder of the event, ensuring it resonates long after the retreat ends.

Tip #2: Pick a Theme and Integrate It into Every Detail

A first-quarter event is the perfect opportunity to kick off the year with a focused theme that can set the tone for future milestones. Choose a theme that aligns with your company’s vision for the year and integrate it across all event elements. From visual design and meeting collateral to menu choices and entertainment, a cohesive theme creates a polished, professional event that impresses your team. Ensure that the theme ties back to defining success for 2024 and outline how you will incentivize achieving those objectives.

Tip #3: Give Everyone a Role in the Event

Move beyond traditional roles by assigning team members unique roles that contribute to the retreat's success. Let them shape conversations around key topics and reward their contributions at the end. This not only fosters creativity but also ownership of the retreat's outcomes. Keep assignments light and flexible, allowing room for creativity. Provide the necessary materials and empower your team to take charge, fostering a collaborative and dynamic environment.

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