This photograph is deceiving. Although very bright and sunny it was actually bitterly cold! 3 weeks to go before Christmas and this dedicated team of top R&D leaders for a global pharmaceutical company were really giving it their all to consider the future of their function and the behaviours they needed to drive superior performance. All of the participants are seasoned leaders who have been to countless offsite retreats throughout their careers. I was genuinely impressed with their willingness to embrace new thinking and to be gently challenged to think afresh. What do you hold onto so tightly in your beliefs that you stop listening or questioning? I wonder what it would be like if you gave yourself the opportunity to suspend natural cynicism.