Psst…a Quick Shot of Leadership Development for Your Next Management Retreat?

Fulcrum Associates - Leadership Training and Development, Team BuildingI have two questions for you:

  1. Do you find it costly in terms of time and resources to run in-house management development training these days?
  2. Do you hold an annual (or more frequent) meeting or retreat for your full management team?

Here’s what I hear a lot from senior leaders: In this demanding environment it’s tough to take our managers off-line for professional development, even for a day.

And here’s what I often hear from managers: Our management retreats wipe me out. They cram so much into each day and it’s all the same type of stuff–going over financials and hearing reports from directors and execs.

Think about it for a moment. Your management retreat is the perfect place to slip in some high impact leadership skills training. Here are the top three reasons why:

  1. It’s cost effective. Everyone is physically together already and your investment of time (typically, 1-3 hours) is a reasonable one.
  2. You can customize the theme or message that your full team receives (e.g. How to build greater accountability in our staff across the organization). And everyone picks up the same concepts and techniques in the same learning experience.
  3. It provides a change of focus for your agenda, a break from the heavier financial, technical and operational topics that need to be covered in these gatherings.

I have assembled five presentations, anyone of which would be a great addition to your meeting agenda. These can be presented to your team in a keynote format, as an interactive workshop, or a combination of both. They can be delivered as is or customized to meet the particular learning you want your managers to receive.

Click here to see what we have for you.


Ian CookBest wishes,

Ian Cook


What I’m Reading

Pay: Why People Earn What They Earn by Kevin F. HallockSalaries and benefits are always on your employees’ minds. Pay is not a motivator but, if perceived by the employee as insufficient or unfair, it can become a huge de-motivator. While this topic isn’t necessarily the most exciting one on the planet, the book does explain the various types of remuneration–including executive compensation–and how jobs are evaluated and rated for their pay level. This is general information that savvy managers should know in order to respond to basic questions from their staff.

Terra Nova In the Spotlight this Month

Promises Promises®. Do you have departments or units that operate like silos, looking out for only their own interest, to the detriment of the larger organization’s success? Promises Promises brings this issue front and center for discussion and does so in a fun, engaging and powerful way.Participants are spread among 10 “country” teams with resources mismatched in regards to the promises they have made to their respective electorates. As they struggle to meet their promises, they discover how critical it is to:

  • Build trust
  • Agree on a shared, unified vision
  • Engage in quality communication

As with all our experiential learning events, we tailor the lessons from the simulation to address your particular needs.

Click here to find out more. Then call us to discuss customizing an Promises Promises event and related skills training for your organization or department. Or Call:


Ian Cook, MILR, CSP, is a presenter, facilitator and executive coach. He works with managers who want to increase their effectiveness as a leader and build a stronger team. To book Ian for a training seminar, team facilitation or keynote presentation, call toll-free at: 1-888-FULCRUM (385-2786) or e-mail: Ian Cook.