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The fourth escape of Dr. Linden while he was a guest teacher at the Aspen Institute, USA, happened in Klotz, Austria. Following his retirement from the Aspen faculty, Dr. Linden chose to teach a one-week retreat in Klotz. The intention of this retreat was to assist Dr. Linden renew his energies for a new period of research and teaching work. One of the topics he wanted to address during the retreat were: How do we grow as teachers? What exactly does being a few really mean for us?

On Feb. 22, before leaving for the escape, 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, which he had developed a specific model of what it means to be true to oneself, which is known as the"short retreat in Klotz". In his model, there's no expectation of any thing, except that your energy is really powerful! This may be accomplished through very simple acts of gratitude, which bring greater waves of energy in your life.

At the beginning of the retreat, on Feb. 14, Dr. Linden introduced a brief DVD that dealt with the subject of the day. It was a strong presentation of what it means to be a teacher and ended with the Aspen Institute stating that Dr. Linden will be joining them for the next year, teaching and spreading his teaching method through the Aspen community. He also presented his latest book, entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking. (It is available for download on our site.)

The next 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 he was going to be participating in the Transpac gloriad and mentioned he had received the certification for the preceding month and was actually feeling great about it. He then mentioned that he had prepared some notes on his laptop with this seminar. All of us know that Dr. Linden lives at a world renowned retreat in Ketchum, Idaho, and is surrounded by very wealthy folks who could not care less about the way he thinks. The only folks who really matter to him are those who live at the opposite end of the country, where he spends more time annually.

He spoke at length about the power of positive thinking and said 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 because it has been co-opted by selfish, egocentric, leaders who don't care about building teams, or the empowerment it brings. I can understand this, but I also don't think it's a bad thing. In actuality, I think leadership, and using team-building activities in the workforce, is absolutely vital to creating leaders. Our company 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 not enough to just treat people nicely today, or even to do a excellent job, if we want our company to grow and accomplish greater heights in its prestige.

Many executives and leaders seem to have forgotten that. When you look back over the last ten years or so, you will see that many have abandoned the term, or at the very least, they've used it sparingly. One interesting example is that of Bob Iger, the present 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. But he didn't use the phrase"overnight team-building activities."

I find this problematic because I feel this is one of the most important benefits of overnight travel and retreats. The reason is that it allows people to experience a different culture and prognosis at work. Imagine having the ability to visit a corporate team-building escape in India and to witness firsthand the dedication and creativity of its employees. I also envision that this experience could help to 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 an opportunity to experience a very different work environment.

I'd submit to you that Bob is correct, and you should try to use overnight business day trips to boost growth. But if you fail to utilize the opportunities that present themselves to benefit your business, your attempts will simply be a waste of time. And best retreat in kl of us know that time is money! So you really do have to be certain you give the best opportunities to your people so that you can grow your business. After all, that's what leadership is all about.