The Urban Group appreciates and values people's time, and is particularly sensitive to board members serving in a volunteer capacity. Therefore extra care is taken to insure the retreat is engaging, productive, and time well spent.
The Urban Group's approach often includes in-depth preliminary work with the CEO or Executive Director and Board President to identify challenging issues. Frequently the entire Board is
surveyed ahead of time to assure the retreat includes what each board member feels is important and will assure that their valuable time is respected.
Strategic Planning retreats are often a time for organizations to examine how well they are meeting objectives, to develop short-term and long-term goals, and to develop strategies for accomplishing and measuring those goals.
Strategic planning retreats can include creating or updating mission, vision and values for the organization. An
added benefit to Strategic Planning Retreats
and doing a S.W.O.T. (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats)
analysis as well as examining the Political, Economic, Social and
Technological impacts. Another added benefit is that members develop a closer relationship with their fellow board members, which helps to build a more committed and better performing team.
Ruth Urban, a Certified Professional Facilitator, who conducts the retreats personally, has been a founding member and served on several non-profit boards, and has also been an employee and contractor for several non-profits. Ruth's years of organizational development work, conflict resolution, and management experience add to her knowledge of the unique challenges faced by all boards, for profit, non-profit and elected governing boards.