CEO Survival Skills

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In our previous blogs, we have outlined Awareness and Adaptability as two of the essential ingredients for CEO’s and Executives to not only survive but thrive in today’s rapidly changing environment.  Awareness of self, others and environment and Adaptability to constantly changing conditions and communication preferences.

What other Skills do we focus on in our #YPOForums and #EO Forums? “Creativity and Communications”.  While CEO’s might not hold the solution to every problem they leave Forum Retreats with increased understanding of their own thinking preferences and potential blindspots via individual #NBI (Neething Brain Instrument Profiles)  and increased understanding of the thinking preferences of their fellow #YPO and #EO Forum members.  Additionally, data from each individual YPO and EO brain profile is synthesized,  providing a picture of how the Forum thinks and tackles challenges as a group.

Equipped with an increased understanding of their thinking preferences, YPO and EO Forum members gather in retreats hosted around the globe. Here over the course of 3 to 5 days, executives and entrepreneurs learn and become skilled in facilitating the #creative problem-solving process or (CPS).  CPS is an ideal tool for #YPO Forums and #EO Forums designed to tap into the collective expertise of the group in solving real challenges, both personal and professional.

In “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” published by Career Track, the 5 principles of surviving in the Wilderness are applied to leadership in both business and life.  In our next post, a look at Conservation of Energy.

  1. Awareness
  2. Adaptability
  3. Skill
  4. Conservation of Energy
  5. Positive Mental Attitude

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YPO and EO Survival Skill 2: Adaptability

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Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life

Barry Rein from YPO and EO Destinations hosting a Forum in Costa Rica

5 Keys to Survival in the Wilderness and Leadership

  1. Awareness
  2. Adaptability
  3. Skills
  4. Conservation of Energy
  5. Positive Mental Attitude

In our last blog, we talked about Awareness as the Foundation of Leadership.  In a survival situation, Awareness is quickly followed by Adaptability to Changing Conditions. Never before in history have we experienced so much change due in part to the speed of technological innovation.  Just think, the jobs posted ten years from now have not yet been invented!

Great leaders are adaptable to not only changing conditions in the competitive landscape but are able to read and adapt to individual preferences in communication and thinking.  They understand that it’s not treating people as they would like to be treated that matters but treating others as they would prefer that is the real secret to building rapport and relationships.

Successful CEOs and Entrepreneurs also master adaptability through recovery competence. They embrace failure knowing it’s not falling but how quickly they get up that matters.  CEO’s and EO’s in our  YPO Forums and EO Forums focus on developing their adaptability through discussion of and celebration of their failures. They recognize that if they’re not failing and falling on occasion they must not be learning and stretching.  Failfest is one YPO and EO Forum activity that supports members to celebrate failure and share learning.

Adaptability to Changing Conditions is also practiced in mind/body connection and experiential and fun learning adventures hosted at YPO and EO Forums and Retreats. What does that look like? “For example, as Forum members experience white water rafting they learn to read the rapidly changing waters and adapt as a team” notes Barry Rein, principal at and EO Forum Retreats


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EO Forums and YPO Forums Underway


Our 2019 YPO Forums and EO Forums are underway with an upcoming adventure this month in the application of Wilderness Survival Skills to Business and Life. This week our team is in training in Ecuador for an upcoming EO Forum hosted in Niagara Falls, Ontario in February. “Burr Cold” you might say, but not for these adventurous entrepreneurs and forum members who will apply lessons in survival to their business and personal lives. On the EO Forum agenda, leadership survival skills, a bit of axe throwing and culinary and cigar appreciation experiences.

Why is Awareness the #1 Skill for today’s EO and YPO leaders?  According to research noted by Tasha Eurich, self-aware leaders are more confident, more creative, less likely to lie, cheat and steal and have more profitable companies.  Sounds like a good idea, yet only an estimated 10 – 15% of us are truly self-aware.  Self-awareness simply defined, is how we see ourselves and how we fit into the world around us.  In wilderness training, the first step to surviving is knowing self, environment and resources, yet many of us walk through life peeled to our technology devices completely unaware of what is right beneath our eyes and/or what is changing.

Awareness is the foundation of leadership (Knowing our strengths as well as weaknesses and blind spots; knowing our customers’ experiences and yes, perhaps most importantly the status and changes that happen in our business and personal relationships.)

EO and YPO Daily Reflection for Increased Self-Awareness

 Liked Best/Next Time Thinking:  Re-run your day, the week or even that meeting and presentation.

  1. What did you  (LB) Like Best? What went well?
  2. What would you do differently (NT) Next Time?

In our next YPO and EO Forum post, a focus on Survival Skill #2 Adaptability

From Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life

The 5 Keys to Survival:

  • Awareness
  • Adaptability
  • Skill
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Positive Mental Attitude