Why great strategy retreats confront the ugliest truths

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Why a Great Strategy Retreat Starts by Confronting the Ugliest Truths
 
What’s the harm, in your next strategic planning retreat, of restricting the discussion to focus on the positives – the potential of the future? After all, everyone wants to walk away inspired by what can be accomplished, not bogged down by past losses and ugly failures. Should this sentiment be used to set the agenda to limit certain discussions while encouraging others?