Here’s The Real Reason Why 99% Of Leadership Development Programs Fail
Here’s The Real Reason Why 99% Of Leadership Development Programs Fail
And What You Should Do Instead To Grow Your Business To An Elite Level
While You Design Your Best Life
Here’s the shocking truth about most Leadership Development programs…
Of the $366B spent annually on Leadership Development, most of it fails to deliver real results.
In fact, recent poll data provided by McKinsey reveals that only 7 percent of senior managers think that their companies develop global leaders effectively.
And around 30 percent of US companies admit that they have failed to exploit their international business opportunities fully because they lack enough leaders with the right capabilities.
I can relate.
Having trained Fortune 500 executives, NAVY SEALs, Olympians and elite performers around the world, I’ve seen millions of dollars spent on executive coaching, leadership and team development with similar failed results.
It was my job to help executives lead teams by developing leaders who were cool under pressure and could succeed even in the most demanding of situations.
To have teams that were cohesive and high performing, with team members who brought out the best in each other.
But as good as the Leadership Development firms were that these executives spent company money on before I arrived, they were never able to move the performance needle very much.
In fact, I encountered the same levels of disharmony, lack of trust, grandstanding, run away egos, misunderstandings, lack of open and honest debate, and burnout from nearly all of the companies and team members I was consulting for.
They saw no lasting change in their leadership teams. And far too many good ideas from leadership programs that didn’t get implemented.
And they were constantly left scratching their heads as to why.
It all started with a simple idea from my days as a NAVY SEALs Commander.
I was thinking about the elite special forces unit called Tip of the Spear, which takes its name from the combat forces who are the first soldiers to go into a war zone.
When America needs to break its way into enemy territory, these are the people who slip, kick, or explode their way past the defenses and blaze the way for follow-up forces.
They are the ones who literally “stick their neck out” on the front lines, leading and setting the pace.
And when I thought about what the Tip of The Spear unit achieves, I realized something super important…
It was an “aha” moment of what’s missing in the typical leadership development programs.
You see, there’s no way the Tip of The Spear forces can survive without relying on each other.
All of them are leaders and willing to be on the edge, setting the pace...
But without the support of each other, they wouldn’t have a chance to survive on the front lines.
And then it hit me…
This is the exact kind of peer support that all these Leadership programs my executive clients spent so much money on are missing!
But it’s not just support.
There’s something even MORE important…
The forces in the Tip of The Spear have to hold each other accountable for their actions. Their very lives depend on it.
Shouldn’t it feel the same way for those of us who have so many people’s livelihoods and success depending on us?
If you’re going to be the one on the front lines for your team, your family and your community, then make sure another leader you respect and trust is there to keep you in check.
So I started thinking…
What if there was a program made up of elite peers to help you develop next level leadership as well as give you ongoing expert coaching throughout the entire process?
One thing was for certain. If I was going to create something brand new to improve the capabilities of managers and nurture new leaders, it would have to be based on a system that was already certain to be effective.
One that already had a proven track record of enhancing the ability of leaders to adapt to different situations and adjust their behavior in a moment’s notice to achieve phenomenal results.
So I looked to the most demanding training on the planet.
Training that is battle tested and proven to work.
You see, I had done something at a young age that no one had ever done before...and no one has ever done since.
The training to become a Navy SEAL, called BUD/S, is the most demanding training on the planet.
A grueling test of physical resilience and mental toughness, even the most hardened fail in the selection process to become U.S. Navy SEALs. In fact, only about 15% graduate.
But that didn’t stop me.
In fact, I became the #1 ranked graduate of my BUD/S class of 170 trainees.
And my entire original Boat Crew of 7 all graduated from BUD/S!
With only a 1.2 in a million chance, it had never happened before and it’s never happened since.
But this was no accident.
I had used my intensive training in warrior traditions, Zen meditation, and a focus on serving my fellow man to forge my first Elite Team.
Since then, I’ve gone on to write New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling books, and founded several multi-million dollar businesses.
For 20 years – through my companies SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind – my team and I have been using the same proven methods to forge Elite Leaders and Teams with executives and entrepreneurs, global corporations and Olympic and Professional Sports Teams.
And now I want you to experience the same level of leadership success these methods have been able to foster time and time again, in a truly unique program designed to assist you with whatever unique challenges you encounter along your path to a higher level of success.
Any problem can be solved with the RIGHT peers supporting you.
Especially when its using the proven SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind tools as the foundation.
Which is why I created the Tip of The Spear Leadership Development Program!
This exclusive group is where High-Level Leaders meet to get their next BIG breakthrough...
With access to connection, contribution, and collaboration not available anywhere else.
This is the place where you can 20x your business, get solutions to EVERY ONE of your personal and professional problems, nurture your most critical connections, and develop your leadership skills to their fullest potential...
When you have a challenge or problem (personal or business)… Look to your elite “Boat Crew” team of peers and coaches to help you solve it.
You’ll learn from the collective experience of the Tip of The Spear group.
Not only will the influential leadership coaches inside the group help to guide you, but so do fellow members, who've also struggled and overcome things that other members might be going through at that very moment.
It's a rare opportunity for networking and getting one-on-one help at the highest level with the exact people who can deliver the fastest and most proven systems and solutions for you to improve your performance in every area of your life.
Even more important, you’ll have accountability to your coach, your Boat Crew team, an individual “Swim Buddy” partner... and you’ll be accountable to me.
Each of them will help you figure out what’s truly important to you and help you achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself and create the team and business you want.
Where everyone’s exceptional gifts and leadership experience lead to mutual benefits and growth for everyone in TOS.
It’s a level of unmatched support and accountability that is EXACTLY what is missing from most leadership development programs.
It’s the not so “secret” ingredient that truly makes ALL the difference.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you and whose presence calls forth your best.
And that’s precisely what Tip Of The Spear will do for you.
So, if you’re looking for...
And to be challenged and held accountable…
You’ll want to apply to Tip Of The Spear today!
High-achieving leaders are an exclusive group… and if you don’t have the right like-minded support system behind you… things can get out of control quickly.
Leaders need a tribe of equal peers to help support them and elevate them to the next level. Because you can end up feeling misunderstood, isolated or depressed without connecting with the only people who can truly understand who you are and what challenges you face, as well as how you should best move forward.
When you join the Tip Of The Spear, you gain a family of elite leaders who don’t just care about your business, they actually care about YOU.
Each of your peers in TOS will help build you up as you foster lifelong relationships with the people who get you the most.
Are you excited to share and brainstorm with some of the world’s greatest leaders?
If you desire to find the next big breakthrough in your business and life and you care about helping your peers reach their highest levels of success, this could be the perfect fit.
And while other one-dimensional leadership programs don’t touch on physical development, mental toughness, emotional control and IQ, enhancing your intuition or figuring out what you really want…
Tip Of The Spear makes sure you take ownership of the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of leadership and teamwork, because this is where the REAL difference is made (and why these other programs consistently fail). UM coaching cert page … have to have gains in all levels of development at same time or you get pulled back down … other programs only do one or none at a time .. big gains come from all 5 at same time.
Tip Of The Spear is more than just a “mastermind” group.
It will help you become your best and develop you into an Unbeatable Leader with all of the following:
Monthly 1:1 Coaching by a Master Unbeatable Mind Coach
Each month you’ll meet with your own personal Master Unbeatable Mind Coach who will help you apply Unbeatable Mind tools and principles to any area of your life you would like to focus on.
Your monthly meeting with your coach will help you adapt to different situations and adjust your behavior accordingly to help you achieve new breakthroughs and soar past your performance goals.
Monthly Boat Crew Coaching Session by a UM Master Coach
Your Boat Crew is your personal team of 6 elite peers who support each other and hold each other accountable.
Each month you will receive 2 coaching sessions with your entire boat crew. Your Master Coach will check in with your Crew’s progress on a monthly Crucible (mental and physical challenge) and you will give feedback to each other on how you are doing on your monthly goals.
Monthly Virtual Mastermind With Me
I’ll meet with the entire Tip Of The Spear group once a month to deliver feedback on your most pressing issue (financial, physical, etc.).
What’s the issue? What area of your life do you need support with? Whatever you need, you’ll hear personally from me to help you address the problem and uplift you for the month ahead.
2 Yearly In-Person Mastermind Sessions
5 Mountain Council Coaching (Gold Level)
You’ll get eight 1-hour coaching sessions with your choice of elite coaches on the 5 Mountain Council to focus on whatever you want to. These are the very best of the best. Leaders with deep experience and expertise, including:
As a licensed psychotherapist with post-graduate training in somatic and health psychology, and certification in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets, Michael has a unique ability to help his clients see their behavior in the context of relationships, environment and culture in order to help them not only make changes in their own lives, but to understand the changes needed in their environments as well so as to effect lasting change.
Catherine is a gifted coach with an unequaled capacity to create a healing space while helping others dig deep inside their shadows to help illuminate it. Since the inception of SEALFIT, Unbeatable Mind and Kokoro Yoga, she has delivered customized trainings, workshops, and lectures transforming thousands of lives. Catherine is steeped in the traditional studies of yoga, somatic healing through breath, and philosophy and is the co-author of Kokoro Yoga and the soon to be released Sacred Silence.
As a former Fortune 500 Chief Human Resources Officer and Board Director, Jim knows first-hand the pressures and responsibilities that come with senior executive roles. For over 20 years, Jim effectively coached C-Suite Execs on how to achieve results and have success in all aspects of their professional and personal lives. Jim is the author of 4 books, including Easy Makes Us Weak: Forging Resilience, Mental Toughness and Character. He’s also the Chief Operating Officer of Unbeatable LLC.
Richard has been a U.S. Navy SEAL, coach of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, and worked on a Personal Security Detail for one of the wealthiest families in the world. As a Certified Unbeatable Mind Coach he has had the opportunity to coach individuals all over the world. As a SEALFIT Coach and Event Lead, he has had the pleasure of transforming individuals and teams through our World-Renowned SEALFIT and Sheepdog Crucible Events. He also coaches Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress as part of our Courage Foundation non-profit arm.
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD is the founder of MetaIntegral which is a social enterprise global action network. He has been on the leadership team or advisory board of 10 companies, NGOs, and foundations and has published over 30 articles and 7 books that have helped leaders effectively deal with complexity and solve organizational problems.
Sean specializes in supporting leaders, teams, and organizations to navigate complexity through developmental and integrative methodologies and practices. His areas of expertise include: executive leadership development and coaching; leadership curriculum design and delivery; integral organizational consulting; dynamic facilitation; whole systems design; embodiment and presence, and the application of integrative metatheories.
Mark served 27 years active duty in Naval Special Warfare, during which time he held multiple leadership positions. He completed 10 deployments throughout Southeast and Southwest Asia, one deployment to Afghanistan and two deployments to Iraq. He earned two Bronze Star Medals, one with Combat “V” Distinguishing Device, multiple personal and campaign medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons. Mark served as Lead Instructor and assisted in the development of the Leading Petty Officer and Platoon Leading Petty Officer Courses at the Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, CA (BUD/S). As Education Program Specialist, he trained and qualified over 500 new instructors, with another 300 continuing on to become Master Training Specialists. He is a SEALFIT instructor for public crucibles and Unbeatable Teams Company training.
Cari Guittard is a founding Principal at Global Engagement Partners (GEP), an on demand corporate diplomacy, global engagement, public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. Cari served in senior positions at the US Department of State. Her work with multinational companies and world governments focuses on future mindset and foresight, strategic and crisis communications, and geopolitical risk strategy. Guittard also serves as a Global Management and Leadership Professor for the Hult International Business School. Guittard develops and teaches graduate courses in Future Mindset, Crisis Management, Persuasion & Strategic Influence, Gender Intelligence and Global Negotiations.
Greg Amundson is the founder of Satvana Yoga, Krav Maga Santa Cruz and CrossFit Amundson. Greg served in both State and Federal Law Enforcement for over sixteen years in numerous capacities including SWAT and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Greg also served as a US Army Military Police Captain, and is the author of four books, including the Amazon #1 multi-category bestselling book The Warrior and The Monk. Greg brings an electric combination of passion, credibility and real-world experience to his lectures on Yoga, CrossFit and the Warrior Spirit. Greg became a founding Athlete of CrossFit fitness program in December 2001, and was personally mentored by its Founder, Greg Glassman. He is also a certified advanced teacher of KOKORO Yoga.
Jeff “Boomer” Alred has worked in the television industry for 30 years as a Director of Photography. Boomer has been part of many talented teams, and has been recognized with Four National Sports EMMY Awards (XGames, World Cup). He was also the Director of Photography for two documentaries for the acclaimed 30 For 30 series with ESPN (Tommy and This Magic Moment). One aspect to his assignments is to observe and tell his subject's story using lighting and lensing. From his experience of traveling the world and telling stories, Boomer has found creative ways in perspective taking - to stand back and take information in from all possible angles. The combination of perspective awareness, his training as an Unbeatable Mind Coach, and Boomer’s ability to create images that speak directly to your mind’s eye can create an experience that prepares you to win in your mind before going onto the battlefield.
Dr. Lara Pence
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pence has spent the last fifteen years working with individuals as they peel back the layers of their outer shell, cast aside the unhealthy patterns, and begin to build a new, more resilient and adventurous sense of self. Her work with professional athletes, successful business owners, and entrepreneurs has helped them move away from comparison and self-loathing and towards connection and self-investment. Dr. Pence is also the Chief Mind Doc for SPARTAN, the world’s leading endurance company, and hosts the Spartan Mind podcast. She has been featured in various publications and media outlets such as Good Morning America, the BBC, Glamour, Vogue, WebMD, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post.
Melanie is a proud participant and coach of SEALFIT and the Unbeatable Mind Five Mountain Pathway. Over the past 10 years she has woven her way through all of the program and academies, including SEALFIT KOKORO Crucible event, in a pursuit of health, happiness, and healing. Living within her purpose, passion and principles, she delivers her own functional medicine practice and knowledge to the rest of the world via her private nutritional coaching and her 6 Weeks To Clean Eating book and program. Melanie is closing in on her Master's degree in functional medicine and nutrition from The University of the Western States. Her focus in practice is centered around macro and micro balanced fueling, detoxification, inflammatory response support in connection to chronic diseases, and energy balance. She also has a great love of plant-based medicine. Melanie spent 8 years as a CrossFit level 1 and 2 Coach helping to create health through functional movement. She rounds out her spiritual practice as a certified KOKORO yoga teacher with her 200-hour CYT credential. Melanie obtained her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University where she extensively studied dance, yoga, psychology, philosophy, and communications. Melanie’s greatest loves are her two children, Lillian and Drake, and communing with the ocean through her surfing. Melanie is proud to serve those in need through the Integrated Recovery Foundation with nutritional and functional medicinal counseling.
Help develop the Leadership abilities of yourself or your team with this assessment that evaluates your strengths in each of the 7 Leadership Commitment areas I lay out in my new book Staring Down The Wolf.
You can then use the results of this assessment to structure the focus of your individual or Boat Crew coaching sessions to improve the areas you need the most development in.
You’ll have full access to all of our most popular transformational online trainings and programs, including:
SEALFIT Online Elite Plus
SEALFIT is an integrated functional fitness and mental toughness training program. It leverages the best practices of Navy SEAL style physical and mental training, combined with powerful techniques innovated by me and my team of SEALFIT Coaches through thousands of hours of demanding events. But SEALFIT is also much more. It is a way of being and acting that will foster breakthroughs in all areas of your life.
The Way of the SEAL Ecourse
Exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, greater intuition and inner strength. A practical guide for anyone who wants to be an elite operator in his or her life, helping you tap into 20x your current perceived ability.
Break through barriers and start living the life you desire at the Unbeatable Mind Experience. This three-day event with me and SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind coaches will help you tap into unlimited potential and 20X performance and productivity.
Get ready to meet like-minded individuals and become a part of a community of high-performers.
Attendance at any of our 20X events (6, 12 or 24 hour) -- intensives delivered by SEALFIT certified coaches. The purpose of 20X is straightforward and clear: to break down your inner limitations and immediately expand your definition of your capabilities as an athlete and human being.
It’s about doing whatever it takes for you to get that rare look into yourself and all that you’re capable of—in every part of your life and being.
Use your credit to receive additional training or coaching in any area you choose.
Would you like to attend our 3-day Sheepdog Training? (Emergency Tactical Medicine, Self Defense and Protection, and Tactical Weapons)
Or maybe you’d like to become a Unbeatable Mind Coach by joining the UM Coaching Certification program…
Or experience monthly unique trainings that will keep you even more on-track with another group of focused members on the monthly Performance Coaching webinars.
Or additional 5 Mountain Council coaching sessions...
You’ll work with your Master Coach to determine how to best use your $10,000 on the areas you need to develop most.
Apply Now To Join This Exclusive And Elite Group Of Leaders
Like most things in life, the more you put into Tip of The Spear, the more you’ll get out of it! Most of our Tip of The Spear members take advantage of 3-6 hours of elite coaching and training per month.
No. You can be a leader within your family, community, amongst your circle of friends, and within the Unbeatable Mind community. Many of the members are executives, entrepreneurs, CEOs, physicians and attorneys.
With your Tip of the Spear enrollment, you will get 2 tickets to the UM Experience each year. You can attend both the March and September events, or attend one event and bring a guest along. You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one UME annually.
Depending on the number, we may form more than one. Boat Crews generally consist of 6 people.
Yes. This ensures that your UM Coach knows you and your team.
No. You start wherever you start. However, you will be expected to develop along your Physical Mountain, just as you will be expected to develop along the Mental, Emotional, Intuitional and Kokoro Spirit Mountains.
You have 2 years in which to attend the 20X SEALFIT Crucible. You will receive guidelines for physical standards, which we strongly encourage you to meet. There are 6, 12 and 24 hour versions from which you can select.
You will have up to 8 sessions annually with the 5MC Member(s) of your choice. Think of these as your own personal 5 Mountain Masters or members of your Mind Gym! These are experts in their fields. You can choose to engage with them based on your goals or challenges. You can meet with them once, or multiple times.
Our COO, Jim Brault, is the director of our Tip of The Spear program. If you’d like to have a 1:1 conversation with Jim about Tip of The Spear, please click on the application button below, answer the questions, and submit your application. If you look like a good fit for Tip of The Spear, our team will help you book a free 1:1 consulting session with Jim. When you meet with Jim, he will answer ALL of your questions about the program and help you determine if Tip of The Spear is the right fit for you.