Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Truths to Conquering any Business Challenge

Having lived in Africa for 30 years and having served as CEO for 20 years, Stefan Swanepoel is an expert on how the survival secrets of the African Jungle can help people overcome any challenge in the Concrete Jungle.

Now for the first time he has combined his love of wildlife and nature, his ability to captivate audiences, and his comprehensive life experience into a captivating message in a major trade book. In Surviving Your Serengeti he vividly portrays how this larger-than-life metaphor can provide guidance and inspiration for individuals and companies in today’s fast, busy and complex world.

The above is the opening two paragraphs from Stefan Swanepoel’s introductory bio, which sets the stage for what promises to be a very entertaining PI Window on Business segment.

Joining guest host and acclaimed author Dr. John Ullmen on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:30 PM EST, Swanepoel will discuss the key areas that leaders must focus upon to be successful during challenging economic times to both survive and thrive. Whether you are the head of an international corporation, or the buck stops here small business entrepreneur, the survival principles of the Swanepoel’s Serengeti are equally applicable and critically important.

Stefan Swanepoel

About Stefan:

Stefan Swanepoel is a successful businessman, author of 14 published works, and widely-traveled public speaker.

He was born in Nairobi and spent the first 35 years of his life in Kenya, Hong Kong and South Africa before immigrating to the USA. Today he is an American citizen and lives in California with his wife and two sons.

His academic accomplishments include a bachelor’s in science, a master’s in business economics and diplomas in arbitration, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, computer science and marketing. He is the former President of a technology company, a non-profit association, a movie studio and a 2,000 office international franchise.

Stefan’s professional career has focused on identifying trends and changes in the real estate industry. He has penned over 14 industry books, reports and whitepapers, over 1,000 published articles and given more than 700 presentations to over 300,000 people. In 2008 Inman News, the leading real estate online news services, selected Stefan as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate in the USA.

Now he has combined his love of wildlife and nature, his ability to captivate audiences, and his comprehensive life experience into a message about the epic Serengeti migration. He vividly portrays how this larger-than-life metaphor provides guidance and inspiration for individuals and companies today.

Stefan’s Book:

Surviving Your Serengeti is an inspirational story. It shows us that no journey is ever too long, too far or too difficult. It reassures us that nothing is impossible. It reinforces the belief that we can overcome any obstacle.

Filled with the magic of Africa, the mystique of wild animals and the epic saga of the migration itself, Surviving Your Serengeti provides a larger-than-life metaphor for the problems and struggles humans and companies experience. It reveals the primordial secrets for overcoming adversity, conquering one’s fears and ultimately triumphing over any and all challenging conditions.

This wisdom is not mine alone. It is a combination of the gift of being raised by wonderful parents, loving nature and wildlife, travelling extensively to over 30 countries around the globe, and learning from the hundreds of thousands of people I have met through my international business and speaking experiences.

This amalgamation has resulted in the creation of a message that will inspire people of all ages, creeds, religions, and races, no matter their station or circumstances, to overcome their personal adversities, take a positive step forward toward achieving their aspirations and help others to do the same.

Life is a journey and I am grateful for sharing Surviving Your Serengeti with you.

About Dr. John Ullmen (Guest Host)

Dr. John Ullmen, Ph.D.

Dr. John Ullmen was a guest on our September 8th, 2009 show “The Presidential Dilemma: Leadership with a Price,” the October 20th, 2009 segment “The Leader Undone: When the Wheels Come Off!” and the December 15th show “Colin Powell: A Profile in Leadership.”

John Ullmen, Ph.D., lectures on leadership for the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the MBA, FEMBA and EMBA programs, and he delivers custom Executive Education programs as well. In addition to leadership, his areas of teaching and research interest include building professional relationships and networks, managing conflict, exercising influence, and team effectiveness.

Based on his ongoing research and practice, he has published numerous assessment instruments, articles and books, including:

Don’t Kill the Bosses: Escaping the Hierarchy Trap (coauthored with Sam Culbert)

Invisible Bridges: Building Professional Relationships for Results (coauthored with Melissa Karz)

Which Bird Gets Heard? How to Have Impact Even in a Flock (coauthored with Kathryn Stanley)

Who Wins? Handling Conflict Creatively (currently in publication)

As Managing Director of Ullmen Associates, LLC, an organizational effectiveness firm, John has extensive coaching and consulting experience at the senior management and CEO level. His clients span a wide range of Fortune 500 firms and industry leaders in technology, media/entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, finance, real estate, professional services, defense and government agencies.

John began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a lead systems engineer for a top-secret Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence program. He holds a B.S. from the USAF Academy, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from UCLA.

John is a frequent keynote speaker for organizations and business events. He also holds a patent in the field of travel commerce granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. John lives in Woodland Hills, CA.

Use the following links to access and learn more about Ullmen Associates, as well as Dr. Ullmen’s Books & Tools.

Remember to access the live “Surviving Your Serengeti” January 13th broadcast at 12:30 PM EST through the On-Demand Player below.

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