The Nautilus is a sea creature of proportional perfection and beauty. It has an unusually long life span for a cephalopod and can live up to 15 years. According to the Smithsonian National Zoo, it expands its living space as it grows, adding as much as 30 chambers in a perfect logarithmic spiral coated in mother of pearl.

As the shell grows, its body moves forward into the new larger chamber and produces a wall to seal off the older. Often used as a symbol for expansion and renewal, the Nautilus represents what we strive to accomplish in our lives as CEOs — balance, continual growth, and beauty. As we grow, we are forced outside of our comfort zones into a larger realm of existence.

The spiral is a common element of Sacred Geometry. Spirals in nature tend to follow the Golden Ratio (Phi) or Fibonacci Sequence in their rates of expansion. This relationship between the timeless progression of growth and proportion in consistent symmetry also represents truth and honesty — something for which each of us strive in our various cycles of life and business.

Executives today also must be able to handle a variety of pressures — financial, staff, Boards, customer needs, improvement of products and services, keeping up with technology, and striking a balance between business and family life. The Nautilus is strong and can withstand very high pressure. Its strength is another reason CEO Roundtable values this fascinating creature.

CEO Roundtable fosters growth in a safe, peer-based, confidential environment. Like the Nautilus, we help each other move forward in life and business. Each of us is interconnected, and, together, we embrace the known and unknown.

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