Arnon Barnes: Safari Leadership Experience


Personal Development: International Speaker, Peak Performance Trainer and Business Mentor Arnon Barnes takes us deep into the bush for a safari leadership experience.

Often I hear people say: “I know this. Yes, I know that.” But when do you really know something? I can give you a book on swimming for dummies. You might have studied the book like crazy, but just reading the book doesn’t make you a swimmer. Intellectually you might ‘know’ how to swim, but when it comes down to it, you have to get up from your seat and actually get in the water. You have to put the theory into practice. You have to experience it to understand it. In my view, you only really understand something when you live it.

As a business coach and mentor, my goal is always to have my clients leave my sessions with a better understanding. Why? Because having an understanding of things makes you a more confident and powerful person. I believe that a good session, whether it be a coaching or a training session, has a combination of both theory and experience.

In addition to my unique speaking engagements, training and coaching, once every year I take an elite group of business owners on a Safari Leadership Experience. I created this training to push business owners far beyond their comfort zones, grow them and make them even bigger leaders. Why? Because the bigger you are, the more challenges, happiness and wealth you can have. In this training, nature is your classroom and the lessons are unbelievable.

Let me share some with you: You’ve probably heard me say: “Business is simple. And then WE come along with all our emotions and ego and make it very confusing.” The Safari Leadership Experience is always situated in a (true) wilderness area. So, no mobile phone or internet connections. This automatically disconnects you from your business and the outside world. Why? Because the more disconnected you are from your regular patterns, behaviours and comfort zone, the more clarity you will get about what’s truly important in your life and business and the better decisions you will make when you get back.

Let me ask you this: “Do you know how coal is formed?” Well, coal is formed when dead plant matter decays into peat and is converted into coal by the heat and pressure of deep burial over millions of years. This process is otherwise known as ‘perturbation’. You wouldn’t think of this concept trekking around the bush and looking at all the tree and plant life. Yet, sometimes one thing has to endure intense heat and pressure to turn into something else. Same goes for us business owners. Sometimes we need to be pressurized in order to transform into an even better version of ourselves.