Successful executives and business owners understand their “job” is more than a job. It’s a full mind, body and soul commitment to build something special. It takes an unwavering support system of family and friends to make it happen. And sometimes a restorative Seven Fs retreat is just what the doctor ordered!
A Bucket List Dream
In 2010 when Melinda and I agreed to be business partners, we envisioned destination retreats where couples could take time out to work on personal visioning and how the Seven Fs were alive in their leadership: faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future. It was a reward strategy for the two of us for all of the hard work of building a business.
“This was my first development retreat with my husband. As one of the spouses, I really appreciated being included in all of the activities,” recalls Debbie Bergman, HANDy Paint Products small business owner. “I get it now! These retreats are really good for mind, body and soul…that helps us be a better husband and wife team.”
Last year a handful of people agreed to be test pilots. We gathered at the extraordinary Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa at Dove Mountain in the Tucson area of Arizona for the very first Seven Fs Executive Leadership Retreat. The weather cooperated and the experiment worked…thank Goodness! “The first Seven Fs retreat was an absolutely world-class experience,” said Dan McGinty, Hospital System CEO. “Lynn and I are already looking forward to attending our next Seven Fs retreat!”
Unlike any other leadership retreat, spouses and significant others are fully encouraged to participate in all leadership development activities together. The benefits are simple and inspiring: new friends, new perspectives, fresh energy and a renewed commitment to “What’s possible?” in our personal and professional lives.
Melinda and I believe we have created the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and be grateful. It’s a great way for business owners and executives to reimagine what’s possible through the lens of faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future.
January 25-28, 2017: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Golf and Tennis Resort, Palm Desert, California
The retreat this year will include three days and nights in the warmth of the Rancho Mirage, California sunshine. If you attend, you can expect:
- Receptions and dinners to spark inspirational “What’s possible?” discussions.
- Morning quiet time for reading, exercise or coffee conversations.
- Personal leadership workshops over brunch facilitated by me and my colleague Peter Germann.
- Afternoon fitness activities around golf, tennis, hiking, spa treatments and pool-side fun.
- A closing champagne brunch with goal-setting and tearful goodbyes.
“I attended the first retreat with my adult daughter,” said Monte Nuckols, IT Executive. “What a special, special time we had together! It was great to introduce her to the Seven Fs, and help her see what’s possible in her life through the examples of the other great role models at the retreat. This year, I am attending with my wife!”
If you would like an invitation, please send me a note.
Good leaders know their “job” is a full mind-body-soul commitment. And they take time out to build relationships with people in their lives who provide support and encouragement for the journey.
Please share with me: what is your winter retreat this year?