From CNBC: When bottom lines turn red, teamwork becomes toxic, and a company’s mission blurry, there is one place Fortune 100 companies can turn: The unrelenting mountains of Vermont, the power of nature, and the transformative force of ancient Spartan philosophy. Here, Spartan founder Joe De Sena proves time and again that by pitting execs and their teams against grueling physical and mental challenges, communication improves, teamwork is galvanized, and companies emerge more resilient than ever.

“No Retreat: Business Bootcamp” will be the source for entrepreneurs facing what appears to be insurmountable challenges. The specifically tailored, often unorthodox, tasks and obstacles on the farm will manufacture adversity, identify weak links, help teams understand and overcome fear and failure, and teach mental (and physical) survival — all while highlighting business priorities and purpose. When teams are depleted and seemingly on reserves, Joe and his team will help companies look in the mirror in order to make the really difficult decisions and changes required. Survive Joe and the farm, and companies leave stronger, and with a clear plan to achieve success.


Worried about defaulting on their $3 million in loans, first-time business owners take an unorthodox approach to confront and address their business’ core issues.

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Joe De Sena’s 10 Rules of Resilience – – Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan, author, and business leader developed the ‘Rules For Resilience’ to help others and himself navigate challenging elements in life and in business.

No Retreat: Business Bootcamp Ep 101 | What’s at stake – – CNS Cleaning is deep in debt. And they have bet it all on their cleaning business. “We need help from somebody like Joe.”

No Retreat: Business Bootcamp Ep 101 | You gotta get dirty – – How well do you know your business – and your clients? Will this trek through the mud help the CNS team remember the finer details?

No Retreat: Business Bootcamp Ep 101 | Chaos rather than completion – – Teamwork. Leadership. Delegating. What will Joe’s “800 lb. log lift” challenge reveal about the CNS team?

No Retreat: Business Bootcamp Ep 101 | Row your boat! – – The exercise is simple. Row the boat around a pond. But what if there’s a hole in the boat? Can the CNS team figure this one out?