“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”

Colin Powell

The first time I did a CEO Debrief was in 2014.

This was four years after our first business failed and we went bankrupt. 

At this point, I knew I’d be starting this business.

I wanted to take the lessons of failure with me to create a more successful opportunity.

Until this first CEO Debrief, the focus was on external reasons why this business failed.

I focused on a lot of cause and effect from the recessive economy and state of manufacturing in this country (our first business was a brick and mortar manufacturing business.)

woman sitting on couch with journal

While those factors did exist, I began to realize that none of them were in our control.

We spent a lot of energy trying to navigate things that we couldn’t impact.

We were looking for something to blame instead of taking responsibility for what we did have control over.

So we looked at internal factors, those were the things that were within our control, such as:

  • How we showed up
  • What we took responsibility for
  • Improving our communications
  • Looking at our mindsets around work and owning a small business
  • Our beliefs around money
  • What it really took in terms of resiliency and character to run a business.

Those internal factors that we DID have control over had a HUGE impact on our bottom line.

We couldn’t see it because we were constantly working in the business and not on the business –  which is the entire point of the CEO Debrief.

We were too entrenched in survival mode to think about our performance which made our performance abysmal.

That first CEO Debrief paved the way for how we currently work with them at the Bold Leadership Revolution.

Key Takeaways:

  • The CEO Debrief allowed us to get clarity

  • The CEO Debrief improved our performance

  • The CEO Debrief took us from being in the business to on the business

  • The CEO Debrief helped us to identify what we could control, and what we could not

  • The CEO Debrief allowed us to take learnings and actions from a failed business to ensure later success.

A CEO Debrief helps you work ON your business, not IN your business