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The fourth retreat of Dr. Linden while he was a guest teacher at the Aspen Institute, USA, took place in Klotz, Austria. After his retirement from the Aspen school, Dr. Linden decided to teach a one-week retreat in Klotz. The intention of this retreat was to help Dr. Linden renew his energies for a new period of research and teaching work. One of the subjects he wanted to address during the retreat were: How do we grow as educators? What does being a couple really mean for us?

On Feb. 22, before leaving for the retreat, Dr. Linden gave an Aspen Institute Q&A session, in which he answered questions about his book, The Power of Positive Thinking. In this discussion, he said that among the keys to teaching is to be true to oneself, and that he had developed a specific version of what it means to be true to oneself, that is known as the"short retreat in Klotz". In his model, there's no expectation of any thing, except that your energy is truly powerful! This can be accomplished through very simple acts of gratitude, which attract greater waves of energy into your life.

At the start of the retreat, on Feb. 14, Dr. Linden presented a brief DVD that dealt with the theme of the day. It was a powerful demonstration of what it means to be a teacher and finished with the Aspen Institute saying that Dr. Linden would be joining them for the next year, teaching and spreading his teaching method through the Aspen community. He also presented his most recent book, entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking. (It is available for download on the website.)

retreat in kl following week, on Feb. 22, our dear friend, Dr. Linden, gave another seminar at the Aspen Institute on the same subject as his previous one, and again, an excellent talk. During his talk he mentioned that he was going to be engaging in the Transpac gloriad and also mentioned that he had received the certificate for the preceding month and was really feeling great about it. He then mentioned that he had prepared some notes on his laptop with this seminar. We all know that Dr. Linden resides at a world famous retreat in Ketchum, Idaho, and is surrounded by very wealthy folks who couldn't care less about how he thinks. retreat in kl who really matter to him are those who live at the other end of the country, where he spends more time each year.

He spoke at length about the power of positive thinking and mentioned that it's a excellent model of behavior for teaching and spreading. He also mentioned that a number of our corporate leaders appear to have abandoned the term"team-building," and that they are afraid to use it since it's been co-opted by selfish, egocentric, leaders who do not care about building teams, or the empowerment that it brings. I can understand this, but I also don't think it's a bad thing. In fact, I believe leadership, and using team-building activities in the work force, is absolutely vital to creating leaders. Our business was founded on the simple premise that people were to be treated with dignity and respect, and that their success was the key to the perpetuation of America's greatness. It is insufficient to just treat people nicely now, or even to do a great job, if we want our company to grow and achieve greater heights in its prestige.

Many executives and leaders seem to have forgotten that. If you look back over the past ten years or so, you will see that many have abandoned the phrase, or at the very least, they have used it sparingly. One interesting example is that of Bob Iger, the current CEO of Disney. He recently gave a speech for an audience in India where he talked about how using a hotel package to attend a seminar in India was a good idea. However, he didn't use the phrase"overnight extra-curricular actions."

I find this problematic because I feel this is one of the most important benefits of overnight travel and retreats. The main reason is that it allows people to experience another culture and prognosis at work. Imagine having the ability to visit a corporate team-building retreat in India and to see first hand the dedication and creativity of its employees. I also imagine that this experience could help create a new generation of leaders who are open and honest with their followers, and who value teamwork and the value of forming relationships. And most importantly, this kind of opportunity would allow for true professional development by giving individuals a chance to experience a completely different work environment.

I'd submit to you that Bob is correct, and you should try and use overnight business day trips to foster growth. But if you are not able to use the opportunities that present themselves to benefit your organization, your attempts will simply be a waste of time. And most of us know that time is money! So you really do need to make sure you provide the best opportunities to your people so you can grow your business. After all, that is what leadership is all about.