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.

Content is King at YPO and EO Forum Retreats

Deciding on the content that will be most valued by your Forum is key to planning an outstanding Retreat

Retreat Content and Learning:

As we work with YPO and EO Forum Members who are charged with planning Forum Retreats, we begin by exploring their BECAUSE. Why is the Forum hosting the retreat? There’s often a goal of spending quality time together to build the relationships within the forum. However, there should also be a deeper content or learning goal. It makes sense that Forum Executives want a value proposition and return on investment. Why am I spending 3-5 days away from my family and business in addition to the expense of the retreat? What is my BECAUSE?

To develop a content value proposition for your retreat, begin by examining the pain points and questions of your members. What are Forum members struggling with? What key decisions or problems could benefit from the group’s collective organism or expertise from an outside facilitator or executive coach. You will often find forum member struggles fall in the big buckets of Career, Family, Money or Health. There’s also area of skill development that can help with all of those buckets such as Creative Problem Solving, Relationship Building, Increased Self Awareness, Presentations and Influence.

Regardless of your content selection, be sure you can articulate clear learning objectives with immediate take home value.

Popular YPO and EO Forum Topics

While some content areas lend themselves to specific locations such as our Go Wild! Go Great Leadership Safaris hosted in Costa Rica and Find your Inner Viking in Iceland. Many topics are portable and can be hosted to at a number of our YPO and EO Forum destinations around the world. This gives retreat organizers the ability to select and customize both the destination and the learning content. https://forumdestinations.com

  • Go Wild! Go Great Leadership Safari
  • Play-Create-Succeed:
  • “Sankalpa” Achieving Personal Determination and Focus
  • Fail Fest: “Oops–what can we learn from that?”
  • YPO Hackathon: The Art of Speed Innovation
  • Whole Brain Relationships
  • Developing Your Personal Brand of Leadership
  • Creative Problem Solving and Storytelling Camp for YPO Families
  • MI6 Adventure–Release your inner Bond, Bourne and Bauer!
  • Find your Inner Viking–A YPO Adventure in Iceland
  • For the Health of It! A retreat in Whole Body Wellness

Personal Ah Ha’s from your YPO or EO Retreat

In addition to learning a new skill, forum members should have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. At https://forumdestinations.com we use a variety of assessment tools including Clifton’s Strength Finder https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/ and the Neethling Brain Instrument. These assessments are completed by members before the YPO/EO Retreat with results shared at the Forum. Additionally, an hour of executive coaching is offered to Forum Members following the retreat.

Customization & Facilitation

Finally, as you look at your learning content, look for a seasoned facilitator with not only experience in YPO and EO Forum Retreats but the ability to customize your retreat choreography. Each YPO and EO Forum is unique and the experience should be a customized choreography of place, space and content.

At https://forumdestinations.com our facilitators are vetted for not only content expertise but their ability to create an overall learning experience.

Forum Destinations specializes in planning and executing retreats for Executive Forums including YPO (The Young President’s Organization) and EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization). The Firm with offices in both North and South America works with Forum Moderators and Event Chairs in designing both the content and facilitation as well as selection of destinations for the retreat. Retreats are designed to accommodate learning preferences, travel and budget restrictions.

For support in planning your YPO or EO Retreat, write concierge@forumdestinations.com or visit forumdestinations.com

US Phone: 239-666-8054

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