In many organizations, the summer is synonymous with shorter workdays and long weekends. But the so-called lazy days of summer can actually be an opportunity for innovation and development (with some relaxation thrown into the mix). Schedule an annual retreat for June. The time of year has a built-in spirit of celebration and provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor team-building activities. Additionally, gathering in June opens up space in July and August, when the sun is shining and focus may be waning, to begin implementing many of the exciting ideas that were previously introduced. And use the summer reading season to catch up on some of the best business books out there. You may uncover new ideas or ways of thinking.