It was a drizzly June day when I went to the Essex Conference Center & Retreat, Essex, Mass., for a teambuilding program. But the wisps of fog didn’t obscure the center’s beautiful natural setting; in fact, the Oriental gardens and koi pond by the facility’s main building looked almost magical with the mist rising slowly above the blooming rhododendrons. Though it’s just 45 minutes from Boston and right off Route 128, I felt like I was in a different world altogether as I wound up the ...

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