Starbucks and Your Next Retreat
How to breathe new life into a tired staff or discover a whole new way of doing ministry.
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In Howard Schultz's book, Onward, the Starbucks CEO candidly shares about his 2008 return to day-to-day operations of the coffee giant. His focus was stabilizing the company he founded and returning it to its core values.
An early turning point was a retreat with key leaders. His goal was to "organize an off-site retreat to flush us out of our familiar space and help us freely consider how we had lost our way, and then embark upon fresh thinking." Schultz continues, "we needed to rediscover who we were and imagine who we could be."
He reluctantly agreed to let a consulting firm run the retreat, but upon entering the retreat location, he was pleasantly surprised when he found:
Schultz summarizes, "The retreat did more than just spark creative thinking. It also took us to a new level of decisiveness." For Starbucks, this refocus on decisiveness quickly led to hard but necessary decisions like store closings and deep cost-cutting measures for the first time in company history. But decisiveness also led them quickly to new innovations, an impressive turnaround even amidst the global economic crisis, and back to more sustainable growth.
Your church doesn't have the resources of Starbucks (although you might consider providing good coffee!), but even on a limited budget you can pull off a retreat that can breathe new life into a tired staff or help you discover a whole new way of doing ministry.
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