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Why do people want to do the work off-site?

I've asked hundreds of people what helps them think strategically. The universal answer has been that they want to get away from frequent interruptions so they can think.

The preferred way is to meet off-site or to meet away from their office.

Sequencing strategic action plansReflection

Folks need time to reflect, especially where the option they are considering will cause them to change how they are doing business.

Leave day-to-day crises at the door

It is too easy to slip into a crisis meeting about the current "fire" that has to be put out right now.

Some folks are not "good" strategists

There should be a mix of big-picture thinkers and operators, conceptual and practice people. The discussions should educate both strategists who are accustomed to formulate strategies and operators who focus on getting the job done.