What’s it like to attend a Strategic Planning Retreat at Legacy Ranch? Join me for a tour through a typical three-day Retreat.
Before Day One
A lot of legwork goes into planning YOUR retreat, and we start long before Day One. Before we even send the Welcome Kit and Homework (yes, there’s homework), we’ll have a one-hour intake consultation. During this phone call, you will educate us on your law firm, your team, your biggest challenges, your goals for the coming year, and what you hope to accomplish during your retreat.
We also want to know your food preferences for meals and snacks, and we’ll ask you to choose a room.
Note: There’s no charge for meals or lodging, we’re happy to welcome you to the Ranch as our guests!
After the intake consultation, we create your personalized Welcome Kit and Homework, and email them out to you about two weeks before you arrive. We ask that you complete and submit your homework at least three days before your retreat. This gives us time to review and make final plans – setting the agenda, designing activities, etc. Every retreat is different because every person and every law firm is different. Your retreat is carefully designed to meet your needs and help achieve your goals.
Arrival Day – Tuesday
Most clients fly in on a Tuesday night. If you fly directly to the Colorado Springs airport (via United, Delta, American, Allegiant or Frontier), we will meet you there and bring you to the Ranch. It’s just a short 20 minute drive. If you choose to fly into Denver, you’ll need to rent a car. It’s about 90 minutes, depending on traffic, from the airport to the Ranch.
Don’t worry about dinner, we’ll have plenty of yummy goodies for you here at the Ranch! If you get in very late, we’ll have some snacks waiting for you in your room.
We try to match each client with the most appropriate accommodations for their comfort, and to meet any special needs you may have. Every room has its unique attributes, but they all have high-speed wifi internet, a clock, a charging station, luxury bedding and a humidifier (yes, the air is quite dry here year-round!). Oh, and a fluffy Legacy Ranch robe, bathroom slippers, your usual toiletries, and snacks! The lower level rooms share a bathroom, but also have access to a private lounge area, giant-screen movie theater, game room, and wine bar. We will help you choose which room works best for your needs.
We will provide all of your meals and snacks throughout your stay. Whenever scheduling permits, we’ll have at least one meal prepared by our gourmet chef, Tom Letts of Denver. Chef Tom prepares amazing food right here in our Ranch kitchen – and puts on quite a show at the same time! All meals are served in the sunroom, with gorgeous views.
Morning, Day One – Wednesday
We start early on Wednesday mornings with breakfast in the sunroom. It’s a casual affair, and a great way for us to all get to know each other better.
Depending on your goals, and weather permitting, Wednesdays may start with Horse Work. We head out to the barn to meet the horses and then on to the round pen for some guided work. Each exercise is designed to help you discover new ways of thinking, collaborating and leading. The horses are our partners in learning, in fact this is called Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).
Here is what some of your colleagues have said about their EAL sessions:
What were your takeaways from the Horse Work activity?
That I may be standing in my own way when it comes to making progress and moving my firm forward.
You can't always lead from in front. Sometimes the "go zone" is behind the organization.
Was the Horse Work valuable? Why or why not?
Yes! I gained insight into ways to move my firm forward toward my goals.
The Horse Work made me think about how I am leading my law firm ... I realize that "conventional" wisdom is not always the right answer and I need to pay attention to what is actually happening and adjust my approach accordingly.
Is Horse Work something you'd do again in the future?
Here’s what Mike Mastry, of St. Petersburg, FL had to say about his experience with the Legacy Ranch horses:
I want you to know that I had a great time, I learned a lot, and I've already implemented many of the ideas that I brought home. I came back to the office raving about the work that we did with your horses and I've raised my prices by 10% (and closed 2 sales this morning at the new prices).
Read more about Horse Work experiences at the Ranch at Could a Horse Teach You How to Grow Your Law Firm? and Why Are You Stopping Your Business From Moving Forward?
Later this week, we'll show you what to expect during the rest of your Strategic Planning Retreat.
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