Blue Ox Business Academy: 2023 Leader's Edge

2/23/2023 - 2/24/2023


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. We know it's been a crazy couple of years. 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.

Why Leader's Edge?
Last year, 50+ local leaders joined us at our first Leader's Edge retreat. Those who attended gained a greater sense of self and learned how to lead their organization to the next level of success. Hear what they have to say about the retreat at the video below.

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, and 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.  |


$745 for businesses with more than 10 employees. $559 for businesses with 10 employees or less (25% off thanks to support from Anderson Brothers). Register 3 or 4 attendees and get $100 off, register 5 or more and get $200 off each registration.

Pricing includes all session materials and 2 meals both days. 

To register for a hotel room, click below. Additional cost is $125 per room plus tax.


Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, MN 56444 United States
Event Contact
Paula Chapulis
(218) 822-7113
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2/23/2023 - 2/24/2023

We'll kick off both days around 9am and conclude around 5pm.  Lunch and Dinner on Day 1 provided. Breakfast and lunch on Day 2 provided. If you don't plan on staying for dinner on Day 1, please let Paula Chapulis know. 

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