Building Leadership Capital – A ‘Retreat’ with a Difference

Oct 11 2009 | Tags: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence

Building Leadership Capital – A ‘Retreat’ with a Difference

I’m a subscriber to HR Daily, an online publication. Their recent article on disengagement in the workforce really got my attention. It states that nearly two in three workers are at risk of fleeing their jobs within the next 12 months.

Right Management’s Bridget Beattie, says that disengaged employees are seven times more likely than their engaged colleagues to look for alternative employment in the year ahead. “Our research shows… that 64.3 per cent of Australian employees are disengaged,” she says.

I thought I would share this finding with you as it seems quite timely that our directors, Dr Martyn Newman and Ms Judy Purse, have been conducting back-to back Leadership Retreats, over the past two weeks, for ExxonMobil executives

We having been running these retreats with Exxon executives for many years now and it is clear that this organization values their employees and can see that benefit in keeping them engaged.

Their 5 main objectives for the retreats are as follows:

  1. For each participant to conduct a profound review on themselves and their career
  2. Enhance ability to learn and to develop real enthusiasm and passion to learn
  3. Learn more deeply about oneself and more about others – motivations, personality types, values, and beliefs
  4. Combine this understanding with skill development, which will increase effectiveness in: leading, working with and in teams, encouraging self-reliance and a solution focus in others, leading/influencing others, embracing change
  5. For each participant to leave the program with refreshed reinvigorated view of themselves and their work and real plan for their own progress and development over the next 12 months.

I can’t wait to hear how this year’s retreats have been received. If last year’s feedback is anything to go by, I’m sure they have been an overwhelming success.

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