Reality Check Coverage: David Peterson Challenges Attendees to Survive a Shipwreck and Be a Black Swan

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The average human makes 35,000 decisions a day. How can we ensure we’ll make informed, impactful decisions? Best-selling author and shipwreck survivor David Peterson gave attendees the tools to display grounded leadership, even in the face of crisis.

Best-selling author and shipwreck survivor David Peterson gives attendees the tools to display grounded leadership, even in the face of crisis.

Peterson learned from falling asleep at the helm of a sailboat and getting off course that we must identify when we’re working on autopilot, realize when we’re doing the same thing we’ve always with the belief that we’ll continue to get the same results. If you don’t “wake up”, you won’t see a potential disaster on the horizon.

What would be disastrous, Peterson asked? He posed the question to attendees, “What if millennials decided to ride Uber cars for all of their travel and rented apartments for the rest of their lives?” Credit unions would not be able to sell this important generation any loans whatsoever. We need to keep an eye out for changes in consumer behaviors, and for black swans.

Peterson then challenged attendees to “be the black swan.” We must respond, not react…a concept Peterson called “thoughtful response.” We should be the disruptors.

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