Leadership Retreats

Are you overwhelmed as you continually rush around at 100mph?

Is your day filled with 'stuff' and you feel like you're not making a difference, despite all your hard work?

Do you feel like you're lacking in energy as you focus on everyone and everything else?

It doesn't mean you don't have what it takes to be a great leader. It means you're not putting yourself first.

You need some time for you. Time to get away from it all and leave behind the challenges and the distractions.
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It’s time to focus on you and put yourself first. You don’t want to wait until you have to force the time in, because of some sort of crisis or burnout.

Believe me, I know. It’s taken me years (and a lot of courage) to put myself first. Now I help leaders like you do the same – via the leadership retreats.

Let me be clear these aren’t retreats where you sit back, do nothing, and get a facial. My leadership retreats are different. They are an opportunity, away from the chaos and pressures of work, to focus on you.

Andrea's leadership motto.
You can't be a great leader, if you're not a great you.

"Valuable time to take stock, remember what makes you the best leader you can be, and make plans to put into practice. An action oriented, deeply reflective day with others."

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Sally Bucknall, Director of Diversity & Inclusiveness, Ernst & Young LLP

"Time to spend some valuable space focusing on me! Time to network with other sectors and have meaningful conversations with other leaders."

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Paula Davies, Head of Education, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Who are the leadership retreats for?

People in leadership roles such as: Chief Executives, Executive Directors, Directors, Head teachers, Heads of Service, Senior Managers, Business Owners and Clinicians.

You’ll benefit most from the leadership retreats if you’re working at 100mph and need some much needed time out to think.

If you want regular time out, to work on key areas over a number of months, a leadership coaching package may be a better option.

What happens at the leadership retreats?

The leadership retreats are all about you! You’ll get an opportunity to check-in with yourself, and remind yourself what makes you a great leader. They are designed to put yourself first. No phone calls, no email notifications, no meetings, and no members of staff asking questions …simply benefiting from JOMO (the joy of missing out)! Each retreat is themed around a leadership topic which you’ll explore in depth. It’s challenging, but in a nice way!

Andrea Goodridge facilitating a leadership retreat, Ad Florem

The leadership retreats follow my 3 Rs framework: reflect, recharge, refocus.

  • Reflect on the real you. A quiet space to think, challenge your assumptions, and gain new perspectives from other leaders. An opportunity to open your heart, connect with what’s really important to you and remember what makes you a great leader.
  • Recharge your mind and body. Slow down and take your foot off the pedal so you can be present, and focus on yourself. Give yourself permission to break the urgency cycle of constantly acting and reacting, and boost your positivity and energy.
  • Refocus on what’s important. Switch from doing ‘stuff’ to doing the ‘right stuff’ by investing your time and energy towards doing more of what’s important. Align your priorities, action plan your next steps, and regain your inner confidence. 

     

Your only choice is if you want to book a 1:1 or a full day with other leaders.

Full day leadership retreat

These are full day leadership retreats with leaders from different sectors in Manchester and Birmingham.

Andrea guides you with self-discovery activities, engaging conversations and facilitated topics. Examples include: values, strengths, authenticity, emotions, and leadership presence.

Sometimes, the retreats can bring up issues for you as a leader, which you want to continue to work through and gain a fresh perspective. At an additional cost, I offer a coaching call up to 4 weeks after the retreat, to explore and action plan your next steps.

New dates in Manchester and Birmingham tbc 

1:1 leadership retreat

This is a 2 hour 1:1 leadership retreat with Andrea using online technology. A venue can be arranged at an additional cost.

You pick the area of focus. Many clients book these sessions quarterly, a bit like an end of term review. You can also book them as a one-off session.

Whatever your challenge, I will give you the space you need to speak your mind, listen without judgement, encourage you to open up, explore your issues and challenges, look at things from different perspectives, and find your own best solutions.

Want to book a leadership retreat for your team?

Click here to email Andrea direct at andrea@adflorem.com

Click here to book a call with Andrea to explore

Focus on leading yourself first. Then you'll be in a much better place to lead others with confidence.

“A worthwhile investment in me.” Bev Messinger, Chief Executive, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

“Enlightening, found some time and space for me to reflect on where I want to be and how to get there. The time has allowed me to give myself permission to find a balance between work and home life with family.” Pat Burnett

“A very relaxed approach to leadership development. I would recommend this leadership retreat to anyone who is keen to develop themselves as a leader with like-minded people. A thought provoking day.” Nicola Lawton

“Unlocking the key to self-evaluation. The start of my journey.” Clint Perren, Head of Cricket Relationships, Lancashire Cricket Foundation

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Andrea Goodridge - Ad Florem - Leadership Coach and Facilitator

About Andrea

Hi, I’m Andrea Goodridge, an accredited leadership coach and facilitator who supports leaders to focus on leading themselves first.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve supported many leaders across the NHS, local government, housing, further education, private and not for profit sectors.

I hold a Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring and a Level 7 qualification in Action Learning Facilitation. And, I’m also an accredited Strengthscope®, MBTI®, Mental Toughness and Emotional Intelligence practitioner.

In October 2015, I set up Ad Florem, when I made the decision to only do activities that energised me or where I could add value. Basically, if I’m not going to feel it, and be energised by it, I won’t perform at my best! I encourage you to do the same for yourself.

If I’m sure of anything from my 20 years’ experience, it’s this:

Whatever you feel is stopping you from feeling happy and positive or standing in the way of you achieving results – whether it’s your colleagues, your working environment or the culture of your organisation – it isn’t that!

My challenge is always, let’s start with you.

Leadership. It all starts with you.

The two biggest ‘excuses’ my clients tell me for not making time for themselves are:

  • Someone else usually needs them more
  • They just haven’t got the time

They’re hesitant to put time aside for themselves, as they feel guilty. So, they plod on, thinking they’ll get round to it. But they don’t! Their diary is really busy. It’s full of back to back meetings and ‘stuff’. There’s hardly a space when something isn’t booked in.

Sometimes busyness from doing ‘stuff’ or focusing on everyone else (even when it is highly productive), can be a symptom of wanting to avoid something difficult or awkward that we don’t feel prepared for emotionally.

It means there’s no time to be present and connect with what’s really important to you. Your focus on logic and reason has taken over. But in the meantime, it’s pushed you to close down your heart and avoid connection.

Take action today and schedule in some time for yourself, rather than wait until you’re feeling run down or there’s a crisis, and you have to force it in.

Remember with leadership, it all starts with you. 

Full day leadership retreat

These are full day leadership retreats with leaders from different sectors in Manchester and Birmingham.

Andrea guides you with self-discovery activities, engaging conversations and facilitated topics. Examples include: values, strengths, authenticity, emotions, and leadership presence.

Sometimes, the retreats can bring up issues for you as a leader, which you want to continue to work through and gain a fresh perspective. At an additional cost, I offer a coaching call up to 4 weeks after the retreat, to explore and action plan your next steps.

New dates in Manchester and Birmingham tbc

1:1 leadership retreat

This is a 2 hour 1:1 leadership retreat with Andrea using online technology. A venue can be arranged at an additional cost.

You pick the area of focus. Many clients book these sessions quarterly, a bit like an end of term review. You can also book them as a one-off session.

Whatever your challenge, I will give you the space you need to speak your mind, listen without judgement, encourage you to open up, explore your issues and challenges, look at things from different perspectives, and find your own best solutions.

Want to book a leadership retreat for your team?

Click here to email Andrea direct at andrea@adflorem.com

Click here to book a call with Andrea to explore

Frequently asked questions about the leadership retreats

What can I expect from the leadership retreat? 

  • A quiet space to think, challenge your assumptions, and gain new perspectives from other leaders. An opportunity to open your heart, connect with what’s really important to you and remember what makes you a great leader.
  • An opportunity to slow down and take your foot off the pedal so you can be present, and focus on yourself. Give yourself permission to break the urgency cycle of constantly acting and reacting, and boost your positivity and energy.
  • Switch from doing ‘stuff’ to doing the ‘right stuff’ by investing your time and energy towards doing more of what’s important. Align your priorities, action plan your next steps, and regain your inner confidence. 

Ultimately, as with all change, it starts with you. It’s about moving from how you do things today, to how you do things in the future.

Remember, if you don’t make any movements, you stand still. You can even stagnate. Your life never stands still though. Things are moving and changing all the time. So this is about taking personal ownership and purposeful action. There’s no change without change. So be the change.

What’s included in the full day leadership retreat?

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, along with all handouts and learning materials.

How many places are there on the leadership retreat?

The retreats are limited to 12 places.

What happens after I’ve booked the full day leadership retreat?

You’ll receive an email with further details about the retreat and a document to reflect on prior to attending the leadership retreat. If you chose to pay by invoice when you booked your place, you’ll receive an email with the invoice, and on receipt of payment, you’ll receive the further details and the reflection document.

What happens if I’ve booked the additional coaching call with my leadership retreat?

After the leadership retreat, you’ll receive an email with instructions to download the online software and a url link to click so you can join the online call. After the coaching call, you’ll receive a recording of the session, along with a one page summary of your actions to help you focus and hold you accountable. The coaching call needs to take place within 4 weeks after the leadership retreat.

What happens after I’ve booked the 1:1 leadership retreat?

You’ll receive an email with a link to pay online, or request an invoice from your organisation. On receipt of payment, you’ll receive a document to reflect on prior to the call, along with instructions to download the online software and a url link to click so you can join the online call. After the coaching call, you’ll receive a recording of the session, along with a one page summary of your actions to help you focus and hold you accountable.

I’d like a leadership retreat for my team. Can you help?

Yes, the leadership retreats can be designed bespoke to the needs of your leadership team. Please email me direct at andrea@adflorem.com or book a call to explore.