Summary of Retreats That Work

Everything You Need to Know About Planning And Leading Great Offsites

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Retreats That Work book summary
Retreats aren’t parties. They are serious business, and if you do them right they’ll transform your organization.


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Whether you’re a grizzled veteran retreat planner or a jittery rookie facilitating your first offsite event, don’t make another move until you get your hands on this manual. In this handbook, Merianne and Jeff Liteman and Sheila Campbell have produced the definitive work in the field. The authors explain that a rich and bountiful guide like theirs did not exist years ago when they were designing and leading hundreds of retreats. You can benefit from their experience and learn from their mistakes. This work includes nearly 50 new activities and a CD that contains materials you can print out for clients and participants. Because the book is nicely categorized, you can find specific information without having to wade through every page. Before you spend another penny organizing your next retreat, getAbstract strongly suggests that you pick up this terrific guidebook. The return on your investment will be considerable.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to plan and execute meaningful offsite retreats
  • How to cultivate productive relationships with clients and participants
  • How to anticipate and solve problems


Good – and Bad – Retreats
Mention “retreat” to a roomful of employees and you’ll elicit a range of responses from eye-rolling to wide grins. Spending a couple of days at a hotel with colleagues and supervisors is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But retreats are not vacations. They ...
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About the Authors

Merianne Liteman is president of Liteman Rosse, a consulting firm that specializes in offsite retreats. Sheila Campbell is president of Wild Blue Yonder, a consulting firm that focuses on creative thinking and strategy. Jeff Liteman is vice president of Liteman Rosse.

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