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What You'll Learn

There are three levels of leadership: Strategic, Operational and Tactical.  On this cruise we will focus on learning how to be extraordinary strategic level leaders.  Therefore, we suggest bringing along your entire executive/C-Suite leadership team.  We will also help you create a succession plan that will guide your company into the future.  Our cruise will help you in each of these areas through a focused series of classes that will allow you to go back and transform your company.  You will also benefit from networking with other executive level leaders and meet and learn from the senior leaders of the cruise ship itself..

Pre-Conference

Receive a companywide staff Vital Signs survey and personal consultation ($4000 value) that will identify your organization's strengths and weaknesses.

Optional but Recommended:  One month prior we can set up our Strength-based Leader 360 Leadership Profile.  This confidential and anonymous instrument allows your direct reports, peers and others to rate you in a series of questions aligned to eight categories of leadership success.  We will provide you the results in a private, eyes-only report, along with a self-guided interpretive workbook for you to use in creating your own personal ILDP (Individual Leadership Development Plan).  We can provide one-on-one coaching on board and after the cruise.  “Vision is the breakfast of champions, Feedback is the lunch of champions and Self-correction is the dinner of champions” (Stephen R. Covey). Let’s give you a feast and a plan!  To see a sample of the report, click here.

The first night we are on board, we will take some time to find your north star - the central purpose that you and your company revolve around. Additionally, when you arrive on board, you will receive a copy of national bestseller The 4 Disciplines of Execution, which will be the foundation for many of the topics we discuss throughout the seminar.

Day 1

Morning: The Power and Skills of Strategic Level Leadership:  We will learn the difference between strategic, operational and tactical leadership and how you can best “stay in your lane,” providing clear vision and strategy, yet also know how to do the right amount of LBWA: Leadership by Wandering Around.  We will discuss the four imperatives of leadership, and how to build trust as a senior leader. You will receive some great ideas and tools on how to think strategically, ahead of Day Two’s deeper dive into strategic thinking.

  • Learn how you can use Wildly Important Goals to guide your company towards sustainable results

  • Plan and build scoreboards that will help you hold your team accountable and point them towards an incredibly successful shared future

  • Discover and demonstrate how to successfully delegate responsibilities to others in a way that will empower them and enable you to free up your time to drive the company forward.

Afternoon: Leading Change:  As an executive, you must become adept at inspiring and leading your company or teams through change.  Here we will learn how to lead change, based on John Kotter’s book, “Leading Change” and other tools.  Identify the eight things that derail change initiatives and how to overcome them. 

Day 2

Morning:  Creating a Sustainable Succession Plan. (Two hours)

Many companies are reaching the point where it is time for one generation of leaders to pass the baton to a new generation. Creating a sustainable succession plan should be an integral part of everything that you do, starting with hiring and promoting your front-line managers. This course will help you to identify, train, and keep the people you want leading your company for the next generation.

Morning/Afternoon: Strategic Thinking and Planning Deep-Dive

Here we will learn practical nuts-and-bolts ways of thinking strategically and creating or revising your strategic plan.  This will be highly customized around your company’s situation and current needs.

  • Create a compelling vision that will transform and propel your company to new heights.

  • Draft out, discuss and revise your current strategic plan.

  • Develop WIG’s (Wildly Important Goals) to help drive the strategy into execution.

  • Master positive accountability and how to effectively hold people and teams accountable

Note:  you will have other times on the ship to continue to discuss and work on your strategic plan.

Too often people talk about creating satisfied customers. In this day and age, satisfied customers aren't enough. Your company will live or die based on how loyal your customers are. One of the most important things that any business can do is create loyal customers. In this session, you will learn the 2 things that customers want and gain powerful insights into how you can make them truly loyal.

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Our Journey*

*Sample itinerary only. VisionBound offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Hawaii, and the South Pacific.

The Ship

We have selected a beautiful ship for our adventure.  Inside cabins are reasonably priced, though you can splurge on luxurious suites for your accommodations.

The cruise line is selected for its combination of quality and route, ensuring that you get an incredible experience.

The Itinerary

Our cruise itinerary offers us two full sea days for our workshops, one at the beginning and one towards the end. In between we will visit beautiful Italy, Greece, and Croatia.  

  • Day 1: Spend your day in Venice and visit renowned St.Mark’s Square. Get gelato or see a glass blowing exhibition in the surrounding area before arriving on the ship at 4 PM.

  • Day 2: Spent at sea. While you are learning about succession planning and leadership, your family can relax on board by spending some time by the pool or taking in a day at the spa.

  • Day 3: We will be in Athens for 9 hours and you can spend this time touring the Acropolis or exploring the back alleys and seeing the ruins of the ancient Greeks.

  • Day 4: Spend your time in Mykonos relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

  • Day 5: Take some time to explore the bazaars of Corfu and purchase some incredible handmade items, or tour the palace of Sisi, Queen of the Austrian Empire.

  • Day 6: Enjoy your day in Croatia by walking the walls of ancient Dubrovnik, one of the inspirations for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

  • Day 7: We will spend our workshop time aboard the ship by focusing on tactical skills that will take your business to the next level. You will learn how to create Wildly Important Goals that are backed by a culture of accountability, scoreboarding, and teamwork that propel your company far beyond where you have ever been before. You will also learn what regulations your business needs to adjust to and how you can take your customer loyalty to the next level.

  • Day 8: Disembark at 8 AM in Venice and enjoy a typical Italian breakfast before returning back to your business ready to implement the powerful lessons you've learned on board.

Do you want more information about our next sailing? Contact us and we will get back with you within 24 hours by email.

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