Recently helped the Council and Executive Board of a professional institution to work up a vision for their future and identify the key elements of how to get there.  In a very productive two-day session we pulled together a variety of viewpoints, crafted a first pass of the vision, checked it for feasibility and then developed a framework for action.  Needless to say, this was based on careful planning of the event and lots of prior consultation to ensure we could make swift and purposeful progress.  That and a good client team able to focus and work constructively together within a large group.