1. Distractions are minimized for everyone. Just physically removing everyone from the office creates a healthy distance away from phones and computers—which allows the team to focus on the agenda. 2. Time is limited, so it becomes more valuable. Seven hours might seem like a really long time to be together, but when everyone knows that this is the only time we have to listen to one another and get the facts straight, everyone pays more attention and tries harder to get to the point. 3. The change of scenery is a mood lifter. Let’s face it. Everyone is in a better mood when they are away from the daily grind and can be part of something fun. 4. Camaraderie is tangible. When everyone is in a lighter mood, the planning session seems more like an open conversation among friends. It’s easier (and faster) to build relationships when formality is not a part of the equation. 5. Creativity gets a boost. Many people have their best ideas when they are in unconventional settings. Add a little laughter and some great food, and it’s a winning combination.
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