I was skeptical about the end-results of the BOD retreat, but I played in the sandbox of that weekend and here is what I learned:
Board work is that work. It is hard and demanding and I owe a debt of gratitude to my colleagues on the Board who challenged themselves to participate when necessary or hold back on commenting when it wasnt constructive.
Retreats are exhausting physically and mentally. I came home a bit frayed, but ironically energized because the biggest lesson I learned is that my colleagues on the BOD have a number of talents and interests and through our discussions we discovered new ways of putting each of our talents to work.
Retreat weekends are just a beginning, a new start and a fresh slate. They are an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to the tasks and challenges ahead of us.