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.
Did you know that the same skills used in Survival Situations are the same skills needed for effective Leadership? The U.S. military uses the word SURVIVAL as a pneumonic device to help its troops and leaders remember right actions under fire. Today’s successful leaders and managers can follow the same principles for “Go Wild! Go GREAT!” Visionary Leadership. Here’s a Survival principle from our retreats hosted for CEO’s in YPO Forum Retreats and EO Forum Retreats.
S: Size up the situation.
Survivalists know that they need to survey their environment before taking action. Today’s Successful Leaders need to do the same. Unfortunately, I have seen too many newly promoted managers, so anxious to prove their worth, begin immediately making changes before a careful business/organizational analysis. The result: A disruption of customers and employees and often negative consequences to the organization. Always conduct intel, before offering opinion or direction.
U: Undue haste makes waste:
A companion to the S in Survival with one additional rule pertaining to crisis situations. Did you know that an angry or emotional person’s I.Q. drops 50%? How many leaders can afford to lose that much brain power in their decision making? Rule of thumb: Never make a business decision while in an emotionally charged state and that includes addressing employees when you’re under pressure or under fire.
R: Remember where you are:
Always check that your decisions and actions are in keeping with your organization’s mission statements, values and key business objectives. Ask yourself on a regular basis. “Is this the best use of my time to accomplish the overall organization mission and strategic objectives?” If the answer is no, re-think the task. It takes discipline for a leader to stay on point and not get lost in the jungle. Remember, the best way to get found in the wilderness is to focus on not getting lost in the first place. Vision and Clear Goals are key.
V: Vanquish fear and panic:
A running animal is a vulnerable animal. Do you know leaders and managers who run around the office making everyone crazy? Do they look like a leader who is cool and calm in a crisis? I think not. Here’s a simple communication rule to improve your leadership credibility rating. People who speak slower and wait 2 to 3 seconds to respond are considered much more credible. Use the “Power of the Pause to your advantage”. If you find yourself cutting people off in mid-sentence or running around frenetically in response to pressure, both are warning signals to slow down and pause!
Are you Solution Oriented or Problem Focused? Today’s Successful leaders recognize they won’t always have the perfect world and so become quickly known as the McGuiver’s in their organization. The question is are you a Go-To or a Run- From Leader? A Go-To leader, presents a solution for every problem presented. A Run- From leader whines about their lack of resources. You be the judge of which category your organization would put you in.
V: Value living:
I have met the most brilliant people who are unfortunately poor managers because they know little about those around them who make things happen. If you value the life of your employees, they will value their partnership with you.
A: Act like the natives:
Recognize that empathy and finding common ground with customers, employees, colleagues and upper management are the key to your survival. Coming in like a tourist, telling the natives what you do in their country won’t win you points in any camp.
L: Learn something new—–Every day!
Today’s successful leader needs to be an information and learning machine. Stay up on best practices, new consumer trends, competitors and yes, even pop culture. Your adaptability to life’s ever-changing conditions is the key to your survival. Ever met someone who talks about the good old days? Chances are they’re not Leadership Survivors!
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.
A key ingredient of our YPO and EO Forums often includes a unique experiential learning experience that our event team has curated. In this blog, we feature an adventure that is certain to bring your Forum to Life in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Take a Peak at the Zombie Apocalypse Experience here:
As it turns out both teams and leaders can learn to work together with the help of this special forces adventure based in Las Vegas Nevada where it’s your team against the zombies. The experience is part of a 3-4 day intensive forum retreat that focuses on Leadership, Relationships and Communications. Expert facilitators, familiar with the unique dynamic and functioning of YPO and EO Forums plan and execute the total retreat experience. You can also view http://ApocalypseVegas.com
According to the design team at Forum Destinations, YPO and EO Forum Moderators often have three goals for their retreat that includes:
-Connecting and deepening forum relationships
-Learning Something new with immediate take home value.
-A fun and unique experience
Planning and YPO Forum Retreat or EO Forum Retreat often places huge responsibility on the forum retreat planner who by the way has a day job of running a company. http://forumdestinations.com takes the pain out of planning and executing the retreat through a quick assessment of the retreat goals and member preferences for location, learning and budget. The team then presents two to 3 retreat options to the event chair to present to their forum.
In upcoming blogs, we will include other unique experiences and destinations for YPO Forums and EO Forums the will give your forum members something to write home about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for joining us! In this blog we will be sharing best practices, ideas and resources from our Executive Leadership Forums hosted around the world for Team Retreats including YPO (Young President’s Organization) Forums and EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization) Forums.
Welcome to the Forum! We know we’re in the great company of contemporary leaders who are seeking to bring their best selves to their organizations, their family and their community.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Here’s a preview of what you’ll find in the forum:
Articles on Leadership and Innovation
Destinations for Corporate Team, YPO and EO Forum Retreats
Helpful tips for Event Planners, YPO and EO Moderators and Event Chairs