I facilitated a great company retreat last week. It’s something I really enjoy. And I’m pretty good at doing them, too. I find them to be fun, interesting and I get to see some of the results right away. I don’t mean to boast, but all my clients have said it was worth far more than the time and money invested.
Retreats are one of the best ways I know to work on your business instead of just in it. Maybe they should be called “Advances.” They create a perspective that’s virtually impossible to achieve while you’re in the midst of the workplace.
Every company or department—big or small—should do a retreat at least once a year—maybe twice. Stepping back, reflecting on where you’ve been, asking probing questions and establishing priorities on where and how to move forward in this type of an environment cannot be duplicated.
I get asked this question often. When you own a business called Success Networks (SuccessNet.org), it’s reasonable for one to want to know what we mean by success.
And I’ve always hastened to say that it’s not about money, power and fame—although those things can certainly be part of success and often are.
Ultimately, success is in how you define it. It’s different for everyone.
And define it you must. Otherwise, you’ll always be seeking something more or something else and never actually feel successful.
If you define a successful life only in terms of what you accumulate, I do think you’ll miss out on a great deal of satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment. And we all want that.
Most people think that the purpose of a business is to make a profit. I don’t agree.
Profits are part of business, for sure—a very important part.
But if profits are looked upon as the main reason for being in business, it’s unlikely there will be much in the way of earnings—at least not in the long haul.
I see profits in business being akin to eating in life.