In this rapidly evolving business landscape, the ability to learn and adapt is invaluable. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by Helen Tupper, delves into the concept of agile learning, shedding light on its three core building blocks:

1. Navigating Newness: Agile learners thrive in fresh, complex scenarios even without a blueprint, embracing the ambiguity as an opportunity rather than a barrier.

2. Understanding Others: They excel at empathizing and anticipating varying perspectives, fostering a collaborative and open-minded approach to problem-solving.

3. Self-awareness: With high levels of self-awareness, agile learners are proactive in seeking feedback and continuously curious, embodying a growth mindset​​.

On reading this article, I reflected on how Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs, such as the ones we run here at Leading Edge Professional Development, are actually a powerful enabler in nurturing these building blocks for leaders and their teams. And here’s how I see it:

1. Navigating Newness: By interacting with horses in EAL, our clients step into uncharted territory, which significantly enhances their comfort level with ambiguity and nurtures their ability to navigate through new situations.

2. Understanding Others: The programs enhance empathy and understanding of non-verbal communication through interaction with horses, preparing individuals to better appreciate and engage with diverse perspectives in the workplace.

3. Self-awareness: Working with horses in EAL programs prompts reflection and self-insight, fostering a heightened sense of self-awareness crucial for personal and professional development.

Integrating the equine element into your organisational training might just be the catalyst needed to cultivate a more agile, empathetic, and self-aware workforce, poised to thrive amidst the complexities of today’s work environment.