How to organize a retreat

I’ve been to a bunch and heres what I’ve learned, in no particular order:

  • Must be off site, with no access to electronic interruption
  • Should be intense. Save the rest and relaxation for afterwards
  • Create a dossier on each attendee in advance, with a photo and a non-humble CV of who they are and what they do and what their goals are
  • Never never have people go around a circle and say their name and what they do and their favorite kind of vegetable or whatever. The problem? People spend the whole time trying to think of what to say, not listening to those in front of them I once had to witness 600 people do this!!

With about fifteen more, this should be the basis of every conference.

via Seths Blog: How to organize a retreat.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock December 15th, 2010 — No Comments


Seth’s Blog: The open road

I was driving on a very dangerous two-lane highway in India. More than eight hours of death-defying horror…

Our driver aggressively tailgated whatever car, truck or horse was in front of us, and then passed as soon as he was able and sometimes when he wasnt.

What amazed me, though, was what he did during those rare times when there wasnt a car in front of us, just open road.

He didnt speed up. In fact, it seemed as though he slowed down.He was comfortable with the competitive nature of passing I may not be fast, but Im faster than you, and he was petrified of the open road and the act of choosing his own speed.

Of course, we do the same thing with our career or our businesses. Most of us need competition to tell us how fast to go.

via Seths Blog: The open road.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock December 7th, 2010 — No Comments