Straight from the horse’s mouth…
“Let’s plan this task out before we start!”
“No, we need to just get started – we can work it out as we go along!”
This is a classic example of two different perspectives on how to approach a challenge. I’m sure we’re all familiar with scenarios like this at work.
Leaders need to be aware of different perspectives and understand that everyone on a team will approach something in a slightly different way.
Appreciating and nurturing different points of view will make your leadership much stronger. That’s why we encourage a creative and open approach to problem solving in our leadership training courses.
Horses aren’t afraid of the truth!
They tell you exactly how you make them feel, whether that means swishing their tails, turning their heads or simply walking away from you.
Great leaders aren’t afraid of the truth either and will work to bring hidden issues to the surface, even if that involves being brave enough to look critically at themselves. That’s why:
Leaders and teams + horses = honest communication = great leadership.
It’s what I call making the invisible visible, and it’s a big part of our leadership training, alongside the MiRo communication style psychometric assessment.
Lockdowns have had a big impact on young people and on family life. Building resilience for teens and their families is essential.
For people new to leadership roles, working on a deeper understanding of their communication style and how they impact upon others is one of the most effective ways to improve their leadership skills.
Spring is here, bringing new energy to humans and horses alike! It also opens up a chance to spring clean the cobwebs that may be holding us back and start anew with our workplace relationships. Hasn’t it been nice to feel spring in the air the past week? In these...
I had the joy of connecting with colleagues both here and abroad at our Equine Connection Conference last week.
It was such a wonderful event, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
I wrote a blog about the experience. There’s lots of lessons to learn about connecting with peers who understand our work and using collaboration to refresh and reignite us.
Have you connected with peers recently?
It’s been quite a journey for me, but writing down the lessons I’ve learned from my own experiences and sharing it with others has been a very valuable exercise. At the same time, it’s reminded me that a big part of leadership is sharing expertise and knowledge with others.
Who else has been enjoying the Olympics?
I certainly have. And surprise, surprise especially the equestrian events. And while I recognise and respect that many people believe they should not be happening in a pandemic, I want to watch to honour the commitment of the sports men, women – and horses.
I also got thinking about what sport, especially the Olympics, teach us about teamwork and leadership. I’ve taken one quality from each discipline to highlight these: Dressage = commitment; Eventing = courage; Show jumping = communication
We can get so wrapped up in our own lives we forget to appreciate others or reach out to help those who are struggling. Ironically, an accident made me appreciate how lucky I am for the people in my life again.
What do you do for self-care?
Having an accident and landing in hospital for a month has been a wake-up call for me. I can no longer ignore the needs of my body and mind, because if I don’t practice self-care, then I physically can’t function. The three things I find essential to self-care are:
🥬 Eat healthily
For those of you who don’t know, I had an accident in April and broke my back. So, I’ve spent most of the past couple of months in rehab in hospital and at home.
Now I’m back, I can reflect on all the valuable lessons I’ve learnt. They include:
– The power of positive thinking and resilience
– Don’t forget to slow down
– Take a step back sometimes and evaluate what’s important
– It’s okay if you’re not okay all the time
Read this week’s blog to find out more and stay tuned for the next two instalments in this series.
At work, an ‘elephant in the room’ usually means no one has the motivation to openly address a problem. So, how can we encourage the ‘horse in the room’ – honesty and awareness?
To mark Youth Week, we look at the importance of developing key leadership skills in young people such as self-awareness, self-confidence, communication and empathy.
We’ve probably all watched a wonderful employee struggle to transition to a leadership role. Adapting requires one key foundation: self-awareness.
With a new travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, we plan to conduct training there soon. This got me reflecting on how we ease the transition back into face-to-face working.
With a pandemic and natural disasters changing life as we know it, many of us are living in a state of constant anxiety. It’s worth acknowledging this worry.
Horses are direct in their communication, letting you know through if they’re not happy. Humans, not always. Here’s why it’s important to honest and how to improve your ‘horse talk’
This week is International Women’s Day, with the theme ‘choose to challenge’. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of the stories of women who’ve challenged themselves and undertaken a journey of self-realisation through our Authentic You retreats.
Asking questions is a part of good communication in the workplace. Yet it can sometimes be difficult due to fear of looking incompetent. What can we do to improve?
It’s been a tough year and times continue to be hard for many. However, there’s lots of lessons we can take out of this difficult age.