A Week of Highly Engaging Leadership Development

We believe that adults learn best when they are exposed to a foreign learning environment. Classroom based leadership programs do not foster sustainable behavior change.  Our unique LeaderSurf program creates a diverse learning community in an exotic surrounding.  The result is a program that drives lasting results and challenges leaders to see themselves and their world through a new lens.

 

The program

A six day leadership development retreat hosted in Playa Santana, Nicaragua.  Below is an overview of the agenda.

Pre-Program

Participants will complete pre-work to include leadership assessments, learning objectives, and an individual project synopsis

Ninety minute telephone coaching session with program facilitator to outline personal learning objectives and level set for the program

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Arrival and Transport to Buena Onda Resort Group Breakfast Group Breakfast Sunrise Surf Session and Group Breakfast Group Breakfast Sunrise Surf Session
Welcome and Program Overview Session Leadership versus Management Leading Dimensions Profile
The Power of Self-Awareness
LeaderSurf Water Aid
Community Project
Building Personal Resilience
RFI Assessment
Group Breakfast
Team Assimilation Activity Morning Surf Lesson Morning Surf Session Morning Surf Session Wrap-Up Activity- Taking the Learnings Forward
Group Dinner Lunch Lunch Lunch Transportation to Airport
Free Time Business Challenge Sharing Session Business Challenge Sharing Session Business Challenge Sharing Session
Afternoon Free time (1 on 1 coaching) Afternoon Free time (1 on 1 coaching) Afternoon Free time (1 on 1 coaching)
Sunset Reflections Session Sunset Reflections Session Sunset Reflections Session Sunset Reflections Session
Group Dinner Group Dinner Group Dinner Group Dinner

Daily Routine (link to full Itinerary)

Each day begins with a group breakfast

Morning learning session

Morning surf lesson and surf session

Lunch

Afternoon learning session

Afternoon free time ( one on one coaching sessions held daily)

Group Dinner

Community time- Sunset daily learning and reflection activity

Specialized Curriculum

Individual business challenge sessions- each participant will get to draw on experiences of their peers as they share a challenge they face.

"This was exceptionally useful. We spend all our time interacting with the same industry people and it really offers perspective to have professionals from other walks of life and other industries weigh in on your problems. In addition, listening to other people's problems helps you gain a sort of measure in terms of how you deal with things versus the way others do. It also allows you to realize how much personality impacts on problem solving and ways of approaching a problem. Through each of the challenges, people revealed their personalities and this offered some very useful lessons on how to deal with my own issues."
-Creative Director Participant

90 Minute one on one executive coaching session with Brian Formato, certified coach

Community Project- Water Aid Project and Community Support Day

Surfing lessons

Mindfulness sunset reflection sessions daily

"I loved this! We are all so busy rushing around just ticking the boxes of each day and what sunset reflections did, was to help instill a moment of acknowledgement in the day. It's a chance to take stock, to identify what was good and not so good and in this way, it helps cement learning a lot better than just going through our days without reflection. On a more philosophical note, it was a chance to show gratitude to the glory of the sun as it sets on the day. This is not something we get to do every day. It always made me feel grateful and at peace."

"I loved this! We are all so busy rushing around just ticking the boxes of each day and what sunset reflections did, was to help instill a moment of acknowledgement in the day. It's a chance to take stock, to identify what was good and not so good and in this way, it helps cement learning a lot better than just going through our days without reflection. On a more philosophical note, it was a chance to show gratitude to the glory of the sun as it sets on the day. This is not something we get to do every day. It always made me feel grateful and at peace."

 

All sessions are mandatory. Because this is a learning community based program it is imperative that all program participants attend all sessions.

Self-awareness is a strength that every leader needs to learn to leverage. Self-awareness is best developed when we put ourselves in new environments and gain exposure to new experiences.
— Brian Formato, President Groove Management

program outcomes

  • Enhanced self-awareness

  • Inclusion in a learning and networking community of business professionals

  • The power to influence, inspire and lead others more effectively

  • Mindful Leadership: A fresh perspective on life and the importance of balancing work and life

  • An appreciation for one's wealth and living conditions

  • An increased respect for the ocean and nature

  • Wellness: Better physical and mental fitness

  • A renewed passion for one's work and ability to lead change

Who Should Attend

LeaderSurf is intended for seasoned business professionals with 10+ years of management experience.  We seek to build a learning community in which much of the learning will occur through the sharing of experiences with other participants.  Therefore, the program is focused on experienced male and female managers who lead other managers and senior professionals.  Participants must be an experiential learners who welcomes the opportunity to be pushed outside of their comfort-zone.  We hope that each program includes a diverse group of men and women from different industries, functional areas and geographies. Given the surfing component, we are looking for active lifestyle participants who are in good physical condition.