We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
We can’t think of a better quote that does more to describe the day-to-day experience we’ve heard from our CEO or senior executive clients. One of the most salient characteristics of their daily life in the C-suite is its urgency, its “here and now-ness”, where there is no postponement. Like most life situations when we welcome the immediacy of the moment with our full being and are permeable enough to be impacted by the experience, we are not only more effective but our entire being is enriched. The irony is that many executives today are not enlivened by their roles as leaders and managers of their enterprises, and they experience a disconnection from their environment. The leaders of modern enterprises today cannot afford to be resistant to outside elements but must be resilient while connected and engaged, especially with unfamiliar forces inside and outside their enterprises.
As a CEO or a senior executive, you are expected to be “on” – to bring clarity, creativity, discipline, knowledge, inspiration, and wisdom to every situation. This means that you have to have as much mastery of your inner state as you might in the outer state. In fact, we assert that is the only way to optimize your performance AND your personal satisfaction. We say it’s the mastery of being fully present regardless of what your situation gives you is the key to success for any executive. While your company and you have invested in your education and leader development, but it’s a rare development program that is dedicated to the cultivation of your presence – the very wellspring of your brilliancy, intuition, and vision as a leader of your enterprise.
For some senior executives and top-flight entrepreneurs, The Executive Development Intensive™ is an appropriate experience because of the demands of their personal and professional lives. This residential program for a single executive starts with pre-Intensive homework assignments and interviews several months prior to arriving on-site. The 5-day residential immersion Intensive is then followed by monthly coaching sessions for a period of 12-18 months depending on the requests of the executive. We hold our Intensives in luxurious settings where comfort, safety and privacy are paramount. During the program, our Consultants and Adjunct Faculty facilitates the individual to experience varying transformational modalities, diets, and exercises, co-selected with their Core Consultant prior to arriving on site. The Intensive is intended for the individual to “cleanse their window of perception”, stretch the limits of their known personal universe, and learn to relax the built boundaries that prevent the “point-blank” immediacy of life to be met with the individual’s intrinsic intuition, insight, and innate wisdom – essentially their whole being. Following the 5-day Intensive, our Core Consultant coordinates follow-on sessions for the individual with specific Adjunct Faculty via remote or onsite sessions to continue the initial expansion and momentum in essential areas while the Core Consultant helps them integrate their heightened consciousness and awareness into practical applications and actions at the office and home.
We have been delivering customized versions of this type of vertical growth and development experiences to C-suite executives since 1984.