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For more than 100 years, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce has strengthened the businesses that strengthen our communities. We are Lakes Proud.

Blue Ox Business Academy: 2024 Leader's Edge


A two-day retreat for experienced leaders to inspire you to make the link between leading and succeeding!

Leaders, there has never been a better time to grow your leadership skills. Now, more than ever, the need to invest in yourself is critical.  If you’ve been in your leadership role for a few years or more, this retreat is for you.

You will be able to immediately measure success by experiencing increased levels of morale, initiative, and confidence. You’ll quickly notice improved communication, delegation that empowers people, and a keen focus on helping to support the goals and the vision of your organization.

You’ll witness a deeper understanding of “identity” – mission, vision, and core values. You’ll experience how accountability and expectations eliminate negativity and complacency disappears. You’ll gain insight into how issues are replaced with solutions and why it matters now as you and your team are exhausted from the multitudes of change.  

Build your resiliency. Build your leadership language.  

This two day retreat is designed with you in mind. Take time to connect with your leadership purpose, make life-long connections with your fellow Brainerd Lakes Area leaders, and continue to build your Leader’s Edge.

Event Timeline

Morning: Enhance Perceptions – Clearly Define Leadership, Develop a Unifying Culture, Identify Priority Goals
Afternoon: Elevate Priorities­ – Raise Expectations, Delegate with a Purpose, Increase Accountability

Morning: Empower People – Communication, Cultivation, Collaboration
Afternoon: Exceed Possibilities – Have a Plan, Build Leaders, Become a Visionary Leader

Meet our Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator...

Erik Therwanger is the founder of Think GREAT and the Think GREAT Foundation, which awards scholarships to military spouses. He draws from his experiences as a U.S. Marine, executive business leader, sales professional, and entrepreneur to help organizations achieve new levels of success. He uniquely combines leadership development, sales performance, and strategic planning into strategies and techniques that empower team members and leaders to exceed expectations.  Erik has inspired audiences across the country in nearly every industry. Think GREAT is a Certified Veteran-Owned Business and Erik is also author of The Think GREAT Collection.

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