Recommendations for tournaments shootout
Play passively and expect to eliminate other players is a serious error in Shootout tournaments. You can try to establish a conservative image in the early levels where the blinds are low, but when the blinds start to rise should start getting involved in the game aggressively.
As only the winner of each table advances often need to take risks to find stay with all the chips. If this means you have to risk your tournament in a classic coin-flip do not stop.