The fourth retreat of Dr. Linden while he was a guest teacher at the Aspen Institute, USA, took place in Klotz, Austria. After his retirement from the Aspen school, Dr. Linden decided to teach a one-week retreat in Klotz. The intention of the retreat was to assist Dr. Linden renew his energies for a new phase of research and teaching work. One of the topics he wanted to address during the retreat were: How can we grow as teachers? What exactly does being a few really mean for us?
On Feb. 22, before leaving for the escape, Dr. Linden gave an Aspen Institute Q&A session, in which he answered questions about his book, The Power of Positive Thinking. In this discussion, he said that among the keys to teaching is to be true to oneself, and that he had developed a specific model of what it means to be true to oneself, that is known as the"short retreat in Klotz". In retreat in kl , there's not any expectation of any thing, except that your energy is really powerful! This may be accomplished through quite simple acts of gratitude, which attract greater waves of energy in your life.
At the beginning of the retreat, on Feb. 14, Dr. Linden presented a short DVD that dealt with the subject of the day. It was a strong demonstration of what it means to be a teacher and finished with the Aspen Institute stating that Dr. Linden would be joining them for the next year, teaching and spreading his teaching method throughout the Aspen community. He also presented his most recent book, entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking. (It is available for download on the website.)
The next week, on Feb. 22, our dear friend, Dr. Linden, gave another seminar at the Aspen Institute on the exact same subject as his previous one, and again, an exceptional talk. During his talk he mentioned that he was going to be participating in the Transpac gloriad and also mentioned that he had received the certification for the previous month and was really feeling really good about it. He then mentioned that he had prepared some notes on his laptop with this seminar. All of us know that Dr. Linden lives at a world renowned retreat in Ketchum, Idaho, and is surrounded by very wealthy folks who could not care less about how he believes. The only people who really matter to him are those who live at the opposite end of the country, where he spends more time each year.
He talked at length about the power of positive thinking and mentioned that it's a excellent model of behavior for spreading and teaching. friends gathering mentioned that a number of our corporate leaders seem to have abandoned the phrase"team-building," and that they are afraid to use it since it has been co-opted by selfish, egocentric, leaders who do not care about building teams, or the empowerment that it brings. I can understand this, but I also don't think it is a terrible thing. In actuality, I think leadership, and using team-building actions in the workforce, is absolutely vital to creating leaders. Our business was founded on the simple premise that we were to be treated with dignity and respect, and that their achievement was the key to the perpetuation of America's greatness. It is insufficient to just treat people nicely today, or even to do a great job, if we want our company to grow and accomplish greater heights in its prestige.
Many executives and leaders seem to have forgotten that. If you look back over the last ten years or so, you will see that most have abandoned the term, or at the very least, they've used it sparingly. One interesting example is that of Bob Iger, the current CEO of Disney. He recently gave a speech for an audience in India in which he talked about how using a hotel package to attend a conference in India was a good idea. But he didn't use the phrase"overnight extra-curricular actions."
I find this problematic because I feel this is among the most important advantages of overnight travel and retreats. The reason is that it allows people to experience a different culture and prognosis at work. Imagine being able to visit a corporate team-building retreat in India and to see first hand the dedication and creativity of its employees. I also envision that such an experience could help to create a new generation of leaders that are open and honest with their followers, and who value teamwork and the value of forming relationships. And most of all, this kind of opportunity would allow for true professional growth by giving individuals a chance to experience a completely different work environment.
I would submit to you that Bob is correct, and you should try to use overnight business day trips to foster growth. But if you are not able to utilize the opportunities that present themselves to benefit your business, your attempts will just be a waste of time. And we all know that time is money! So you really do have to be certain that you give the best opportunities to your people so that you can grow your business. After all, that's what leadership is all about.