5. Do something outrageous
VER08 do something

Eight CEOs I know are raving about the nonprofit group Earth Train's recent weeklong seminar, Mother Nature CEO, held on a nature preserve in the jungles of Panama. In between kayaking, hiking, and camping, they picked up tips about innovation and social networking from marketer and bestselling author David Meerman Scott on the $3,900-a-head adventure. Seminars like this one are a great way to get away, relax -- and come up with new ideas.

--Verne Harnish is the CEO of Gazelles Inc., an executive education firm.

This story is from the October 8, 2012 issue of Fortune.
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 08 2012 06:02 AM ET
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