Larry Yatch

CEO and Founder, Sealed Mindset

Lawrence Yatch, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a ten-year veteran serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy SEALs, has been a leader while serving in extreme environments across the globe. Now, as an entrepreneur in the field of leadership development, team performance and tactical planning, Mr. Yatch has applied the lessons learned from these experiences to transform decision-making, reinvigorate company cultures, and improve team performance.

Mr. Yatch planned and led his SEAL platoons in the assault on the world’s largest oil platform in the largest Special Operations mission in U.S. history during the opening night of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He developed a radical new system for attacking armored, enemy controlled ships during operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Mr. Yatch also planned, built, and directed the creation of a new 300-person SEAL command designed to undertake sensitive missions critical to the Navy’s efforts in the War on Terror. After incurring multiple injuries, Mr. Yatch was medically retired from the SEALs in 2008.

In the commercial sector, Mr. Yatch has provided tactical and contingency planning processes, operational management guidance and security support to international architecture firms, international pharmaceutical firms, high net worth individuals, the Motion Picture Association of America, Walt Disney, SONY, FOX, and Warner Brothers Studios.

Mr. Yatch is also the CEO and Founder of Sealed Mindset Leaders, a company that creates leadership transformation across executive and management teams through the use of SEAL-based processes, infrastructures and mindsets, allowing individuals and teams to dramatically improve performance, communication and cohesion.


Session I: Introduction – Forming, Learning, and Operating in High Functioning Teams: Lessons from the Navy SEALs
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 11:00 am
How do organizations mistake-proof planning and execution? The Navy SEALS plan for success by identifying possible risks of failure and mitigating the possibilities before they occur. Larry Yatch will provide an introduction to this valuable tool that can be used to reduce risk in anything from your summer vacation trip to large complex projects. Participants will learn how the SEALs use a feedback cycle for systemic planning, after-action assessment, and learning from challenges to empower their teams and maximize performance. Session is a motivational introduction to the afternoon hands-on breakout sessions and the fundamentals for organizational success.

Session II: Overview – Forming, Learning, and Operating in High Functioning Teams: Lessons from the Navy SEALs
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 1:30 pm
Spend an hour going into more detail on the steps in the Navy SEALS Contingency Planning Cycle. (Not required to attend Session III).

Session III: Hands On Exercise – Forming, Learning, and Operating in High Functioning Teams: Lessons from the Navy SEALs
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Spend a couple of hours applying the planning phase of the Contingency Planning Cycle to your own real-world problem. Employ a series of easy-to-use worksheets to plan for the worst and guarantee success. Leave the workshop with a great plan ready to set to action. (Not required to attend Session II).

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