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Retreats


FADE IN:

INT. CLUB HOUSE - DAY

PETER checks a phone mail.

PETER (V.O.)

A retreat invitation?

FLASHBACK & MONTAGE ABOUT PETER'S RETREAT EXPERIENCE

A. Getting out of his car, Peter (50s) gets a guitar from the boot and walks towards a secluded premises.

B. Peter greets COLLEAGUES alighting a coach.

C. Colleagues sit in different groupings at tables.

D. Peter makes OPENING REMARKS. TRAINERS speak and instructs. Colleagues respond. A clipboard is filled with key handwritten words.

E. During breaks, Peter plays his guitar to entertain the audience casually.

F. In a restaurant, Peter eats and mingles with colleagues.

G. Trainers, colleagues and Peter play outdoor games.

H. Colleagues' FEEDBACK. Trainers' WRAP UP. Peter's CONCLUDING REMARKS.

I. Colleagues board a coach as Peter blows his harmonica and waves goodbye to them.

END FLASHBACK & MONTAGE

PETER (V.O.)

The overall objective was

to build better teams, to

reflect how good we were

and how far we could go.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

Then a newspaper published

an anonymous colleague's

letter, complaining the retreat

was a waste of time and

money.

Peter looks downbeat.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

There' re always naysayers

resisting change...And I

can lead change in more

than one way!

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Well, I should accept

the retreat invitation

seizing another

experiential opportunity.

INT. SECLUDED PLACE - DAY

Elegant. In the midst of casually dressed LADIES and GENTLEMEN, Peter is directed to sit at a table near the podium. GENTLEMAN# 1 (60s) speaks.

GENTLEMAN#1

We'v e our vision...

We're not just doing

a job, getting a pay

check, but achieving

a mission...

PETER (V..O.)

Very well articulated.

INT. SECLUDED RESTAURANT - DAY

Western food buffet. Peter chats with LADY#1(50s) and GENTLEMAN#2 (50s) over lunch.

PETER

Pardon me for my

ignorance, why is it

important to have post-

doctoral arrangements?

GENTLEMAN#2

Completion of supervised

doctoral degrees doesn't

mean that they can

conduct further research,

or do knowledge transfer

on their own immediately.

Peter looks enlightened.

PETER (V.O.)

There're always new things

to learn and new skills to

be acquired...or a new

mindset - similar to the

function of a retreat.

INT. SECLUDED PLACE - DAY

GENTLEMAN#3 (40s) is away from the lectern and speaks out in the open. He uses eye contact to engage the audience.

PETER (V.O.)

That has been my open

and accessible delivery

style too. I speak, perform

and keep my audience.

Seeing the gentleman#3 expecting a response from the floor, Peter grabs the microphone and makes an intervention.

PETER

...let it be a value centre

for all!

A beat.

Gentleman#1 calls LADIES and GENTLEMEN by their names and they speak one after another.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

They speak what they

know and care about.

Peter listens attentively.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

A majority endorses

the strategies ahead...

Naysaying is few. Some

disclose their inner

change.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

They all explain the why,

and share insight. Their

humor also connects

well. What a successful

retreat!

INT. SECLUDED RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Chinese dinner service. Peter chats to GENTLEMAN#3 (50s) on right & GENTLEMAN#4 (30s) on his left passionately and energetically.

PETER

(With authenticity)

My blue-sky idea is to

establish an IP-based

capital market in the

Greater Bay Area...

GENTLEMAN#3

I buy that ...

GENTLEMAN #4 also nods.

PETER

I know some right

things must be done.

I'm in the know, if I

didn't try, nobody

will. Even if I can't

change the world, I've

tried.

INT. CLUB HOUSE - DAY

Reading newspaper stories and obituaries, Peter ponders.

PETER (V.O.)

Having worked over 40

years and retired in 2014,

I have retreated into, and out of, myself for years.

I now have better clarity

as to how I should live the

rest of my life!

FADE OUT. The End

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