Retreat to advance
Events of this form are often referred to as a ‘Retreat’ as they are deliberately constructed to enable participants to retreat from their normal environment and in confidence address the bigger medium and long term picture. At MD2MD we also think it is important to consider it as an Advance. This captures the idea that whilst we might want to consider the past and present, the event should not be navel gazing for its own sake, but should be focused on how we can Advance towards the vision we have of the future.
Normal meetings: Tactics – Doing things right
This meeting Strategy – Doing the right things
The MD2MD ‘retreat to advance’ complements the peer group meetings. Whilst continuous improvement is important, to be in the right place at the right time it is critical that you are also heading in the right direction. This two day event is a chance to step back from the day to day and review your plans with fellow business leaders and ensure that as well as continually improving, you are also following a strategy and a plan that is likely to achieve your longer term ambitions.
To help you get the most out of the two days, you are asked to invest time in advance of your attendance to prepare a draft presentation. In the presentation, you will be setting out your self assessment of where you are today and your ambitions, goals and plans. A guidance note for this will be provided when you book your place.
At the retreat you will get the chance to review your plans in confidence in light of the keynote, and through discussion with small groups of peers. Then, on the final day, crosscheck your revised plans further with a larger group providing further observations and advice.
In order to be able to talk openly about personal and business goals and challenges all attendees are required to commit to keeping what they see and hear during the event totally confidential.
The Venue - Hartwell House Hotel, Buckinghamshire.
The venue is deliberately chosen as a relaxed environment that is conducive to contemplation whilst enjoying the magnificent natural surroundings of this National Trust owned stately home. For those who prefer to contemplate whilst relaxing the hotel has a spa and experienced therapists offering a wide range of spa treatments.
Event location: Hartwell House Hotel, Oxford Rd, Stone, Aylesbury HP17 8NRSee Hartwell House
The content and administration of the event including the facilitated sessions and the guest speaker are all included in your membership fee. You are simply asked to cover the venue cost directly with the venue before leaving.
This year the cost is £310+VAT for the 36 hours including overnight accommodation at this up-market venue, plus lunch and coffee both days and a three course dinner in the evening. This cost is sadly non-refundable once booked. Drinks and individual sundries are of course an optional extra you may also choose!
Guest speaker - Tom Boother
Tom will be joining us at the Retreat to advance this year to kick off the event with some provocative thoughts as our guest speaker. Tom is a long distance runner who uses running as a metaphor to help people start and finish their biggest challenges.
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