YPO & EO European Adventures

Florence and Tuscany Villas for YPO and EO Forums

We’re now planning a European Adventure for a YPO Forum that will take us to Florence and Tuscany in a retreat focused on Art & Soul Discovery.

Our YPO and EO forums focus on travel discovery combined with a learning adventure. Florence, Birth of the Renaissance provides an ideal destination to explore a new city while discovering more about the power of creativity.

Michael Gelb’s book “How to think like Leonardo Vinci” serves as the backdrop for the Forum to discover a new city while learning more about themselves and each other.

7 Characteristics of Leonardo will be explored in this city of the senses:

  1. Curiosita (Curiosity)
  2. Dimonstratzone (Independent Thinking)
  3. Sfumato (Embrace Uncertainty)
  4. Arte/Scienza (Art and Science and Whole Brain Thinking
  5. Sensazione (Refine your senses)
  6. Corporalita (Mind, Body Care)
  7. Connessione (Interconnectedness)

The itinerary for Florence includes touring the city’s iconic Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery while exploring the sights and sounds of creativity. Experiential learning activities will focus on discovering a new city using daVinci principles. Group activities include:

-Fun, Food and a Ferrari Test Drive

-A Coffee tasting workshop

-A Wine and Culinary Adventure tapping into the Taste of Tuscany.

A private Villa serves as the location for the Forum, providing both privacy and unique accommodation. An onsite concierge frees up the Forum event planner to be fully present during the retreat experience.

Pre-work for the forum includes the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI) assessment for each leader. Forbes Magazine has identified (NBI) as a key assessment tool for modern leadership. Results of NBI are shared during the Forum.

An important element of YPO and EO Forum Event Planning is the right balance between learning and crafting a travel adventure that will forever bond executives through shared experience.

For information and support in planning your YPO or EO Forum Retreat, visit http://ForumDestinations.com

When Bullying Blocks Innovation

Serving as Vice President of Education for a global anti-bullying organization the face of bullying is always been top of mind for me. From classroom to boardroom, bullies seek to use power and exercise dominance over others. Perhaps the only difference from school yards to work environments is bullying can be re-branded to the more acceptable description of being a tough boss. But do Tough Bosses get better results? Not according to recent studies on workplace culture. “Productivity may rise in the short term, but over time the performance of the staff or team deteriorates, and people quit.” Review this article in the New York Times.


When the CEO gains the reputation of a bully, innovation can be replaced by fear where ideas, opinions and criticisms are held in check to the detriment of the organization. Note: Bullying is not gender specific, though it is perceived that women are more likely to be called out on bullying behaviors.

The Prescription: Creative Problem Solving

This is one reason why Creative Problem Solving is such a key competency for today’s CEO’s in leadership education. http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org/creative-problem-solving/

In the Forums we host for members of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and (EO) the (Entrepreneur’s Organization) creative problem solving is often the theme of Forum Retreats as well as increased self-awareness and a focus on empathy and relationship building. YPO and EO Retreats are ideal to learn and practice Creative Problem Solving or CPS. Each member of the YPO or EO Forum arrives with a personal or business challenge and leaves with the power of creative peer thinking and solution finding. Practical application is key. During the retreat, forum members are trained to facilitate the process back home with their own teams to foster corporate innovation. According to https://forumdestinations.com YPO and EO Forums frequently remark that learning the CPS process greatly enhanced their own organization’s innovation as well as the effectiveness of their Forums.

  • https://forumdestinations.com provides educational training and facilitation of YPO and EO Forum Retreats. The Firm also designs overall retreat agendas including experiential and fun learning adventures in unique retreat destinations.

This is Your Brain! YPO and EO Whole Brain Assessments

NBI®Whole Brain Assessment
NBI Whole Brain Assessments for YPO and EO Forums

A common goal of YPO and EO Forum Retreats is increased Self Awareness as well as achieving a deeper connection and trust among forum members. To achieve that goal, http://forumdestinations and  EO Travel Destinations completes individual and a group forum assessment. The assessment not only identifies individual thinking preferences but shows how the forum thinks and operates as a peer coaching unit. The assessment is recommended for Chief Executives by Forbes.

What is NBI?

NBI® The Neethling Brain Instrument developed by Dr Kobus Neethling http://www.kobusneethling.co.za/ in South Africa, provides insight into thinking preferences which impact relationships and success in both business and life. YPO and EO Forum members note their Ah-Ha moment of increased awareness of how they operate and communicate on a daily basis and how applying whole brain thinking to business and personal relationships, including customer communications increases their effectiveness.

The NBI ®assessment also evaluates group and team decision making as well as customer service and sales skills from a whole brain perspective. “We have had forum members immediately bring the NBI®assessment back to their teams. The Realization: diversity of thinking and communications is key to their team’s overall strength and effectiveness” notes the Forum Faculty. There is also increased awareness and understanding about our unconscious bias to work with individuals that think and act like we do”

NBI® Assessments are assigned as pre-work to YPO and EO Forum members before annual retreats, where a deep dive into whole brain thinking and creative problem solving provides immediate take-home tools for CEO’s to navigate the tsunamis of business and life.

NBI® is one of the top assessment tools recommended in a recent article by Forbes Magazine for CEO’s Forbes Assessment Tools.

To bring the NBI® Assessment tool to your YPO or EO Forum or Chapter contact concierge@forumdestinations.com  or visit  EO Travel Destinations and http://Forumdestinations.com

YPO and EO Adventure: The Land Rover Expedition

At Forum destinations we’re always on the look-out for once in a lifetime experiential adventures that can be built into your YPO Forum Retreat or your EO Forum Retreat.

Here’s a 1/2 day adventure we are planning for an upcoming forum of executives who want to Get Behind The Wheel of a Land Rover.

Locations in the United States for Land Rover Experiences for YPO and EO Retreats are hosted in California, North Carolina and Vermont.

YPO & EO Land Rover Experience includes

  • Welcome
  • Your choice of Land Rover vehicle
  • Expert Instructor
  • Brief overview of vehicle technologies
  • Terrain covered: steep inclines, declines, mud and ruts, water crossings, rock crawl and various obstacles
  • Certificate of Completion

You can check out this Forum Retreat Experience at Land Rover USA.


Helpful Hints on Planning your YPO or EO Retreat

  • Know the top 3 goals for your Forum Retreat
  • Identify possible destinations (in keeping with your forum’s budget and travel limitations)
  • Identify learning themes. (Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Relationships)
  • Mix It Up with Adventure – include at least 1 experience that will give your forum members something to write home about.
  • Use an outside facilitator (with experience with YPO and EO Forums) as well as having content expertise.
  • Create a detailed agenda. (Consider time commitment of 1/3 learning, 1/3 travel adventure and 1/3 social) as a guidepost.
  • Make sure you have on the ground support from either (an outside facilitator and/or meeting planner). If you are the Forum Retreat Organizer, you want to minimize your distractions and be present. That’s tough if you’re trying to do it alone.

Partner with a Pro

Did you know that there is a trusted partner who will work with you in planning and facilitating your YPO Forum Retreat or your EO Forum Retreat? Forum Destinations and EO Travel destinations is a trusted and independent event and facilitation firm specializing in YPO and EO Retreats. Sketch out your goals, possible destinations and budget and we’ll turnaround retreat proposals with our destinations around the world. Proposals include destinations, adventures and Ah Ha Learning for your YPO or EO Forum retreat.


YPO and EO Forums Go Glamping

YPO and EO Forums Go Glamping

We pride ourselves on seeking out and finding unique destinations for our learning adventures with YPO and EO Forums and Family Retreats that includes fabulous Glamping. Explore some of our favorite North American Glamping Adventures at Glamping

Why is Glamping cool for Executive Retreats?  Because it takes your forum member out of their Bored Rooms to discover the Nature of Inspiration for a true learning adventure.

What is Glamping? 

Check out Glamping Hub

From exotic tent camps to Sioux Style Tipis, unique retreat destinations can provide an awesome environment for your next Young President’s Organization and Entrepreneur’s Organization Forum or Family Adventures.

Here are 5 things to consider in selecting the destinations for your next YPO or EO Forum:

  1. Location, Location, Location: Select a location that fits with your forum’s travel time and destination preferences. The closer to nature and the more untraditional the lodging, the better.
  2. Privacy: Private Villas and Glamping Sites, designed for YPO and EO confidentiality are best. If you are the only group, you get both privacy and VIP attention to event design.
  3. Unique Onsite Experiences: Seek out lodging that offers onsite or nearby activities for experiential and social learning. From Fly Fishing to White Water Rafting the possibilities are endless and important to retreat energy and movement.
  4. Fabulous Food: Delight your Forum Members with memorable culinary experiences.  Seek out VIP experiences for your Forum with the Chef.
  5. Forum Meeting Space:  Be sure your group has a private area for meeting, learning and connecting in addition to WiFi.

EO Travel Destinations provides VIP Corporate Event Planning for Forums and Chapters of the Young President’s Organization and Entrepreneur’s Organization.  Contact concierge@forumdestinations.com for a 48-hour turnaround on Retreat Proposals.

5 Tips for Planning Your YPO or EO Forum Retreat

At EOTraveldestinations we work with YPO and EO Forum Moderators and Education Chairs to plan and execute life-changing Forum Retreats. Here are 5 Keys to winning rave reviews from your Forum Members for time well spent away from business and family.

  1. Know what success looks like.  Ask your Forum members to identify 3 magic genie wishes for a successful retreat. You can then design both the educational programming and experiential social activities of the YPO/EO Forum around those wishes.
  2. Define the budget, location and length of your YPO/EO Retreat. Poll your forum anonymously to help define the length, location and budget for the retreat.  At  EO Travel Destinations we use this data to develop at least two event plans and locations that meet retreats goals, budget and time restrictions.
  3. Hire an Event Team. Look for one point of contact who will coordinate both event planning and facilitation.  This will include negotiation with vendors, programming and an on-site facilitator/concierge. Testimonials matter in selecting a partner along with facilitation experience with YPO and EO Forums.
  4. Learn Something New. Be sure your retreat includes new learning experiences and skills for YPO and EO Forum Members that can be practically applied to both business and life.
  5. Mix Business with Pleasure.  Don’t underestimate the value of downtime as well as the inclusion of experiential learning adventures.  From white water rafting to axe throwing, ziplining, fly fishing and wine tasting, social adventures can provide unique bonding experiences where fun is the operative word.

EO Travel Destinations provides one-stop support for YPO and EO Forum Moderators and Retreat Coordinators.  Retreats are hosted at destinations in North and Latin America, Europe and South Africa.