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Agile Learning – A Key to Navigating Uncertainty

Agile Learning – A Key to Navigating Uncertainty

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: Navigating Newness, Understanding Others, and Self-awareness.

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.

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Unbridling Leadership Potential – Five Insights Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Unbridling Leadership Potential – Five Insights Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

In the realm of Executive Leadership Development, unconventional methods often yield the most profound insights. Among these, equine assisted learning stands as a testament to the transformative power of experiential education.
Horses, with their highly astute senses and innate herding instinct, act as living barometers for individual and group behavioural patterns. Their responses to our actions are immediate and unbiased, providing a rare, clear lens through which leaders can observe and analyse their communication and leadership style in real-time.

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Self-confident leadership: Are you being authentic or putting on a front?

Self-confident leadership: Are you being authentic or putting on a front?

Self-confidence is an attribute we associate with great leaders, but do we ever stop and think about what it really means and how to develop it as a skill? 
Self-confidence means being brave, not putting on a front, being arrogant or thinking you have nothing left to learn. So rather than having a ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ attitude, self-confident leadership is about being vulnerable and being yourself. 
You can’t hide who you are from horses, because they are intuitive enough to know when you aren’t genuine. While it’s not as obvious as with a horse, humans have instincts too which will eventually allow them to detect who is really confident and who is not.

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Word(s) of the Week…PROBLEM SOLVING

Word(s) of the Week…PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem-solving as a team yields excellent results, but it can also prove tricky if team undercurrents and communication are not at their best.
Pretty much all of our team exercises involve some form of problem-solving. When a four-legged, 500kg team member is included, it inspires collaboration and creative thinking on a whole new level.
And, it’s clear when the problem-solving dynamic is dysfunctional.

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Word of the Week…ACCEPTANCE

Word of the Week…ACCEPTANCE

cceptance is also one of the biggest take-aways from our leadership training. I think it’s because horses always accept us for who we are, which teaches us to accept in return. They are not judging us on anything superficial. They know nothing about the type of car we drive or what our title is – for a horse, it’s all about whether they feel safe to be with us. And I reckon that’s how we humans want to feel as well.

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Thought of the Week…NURTURING NATURE

Thought of the Week…NURTURING NATURE

The natural world certainly is our greatest teacher. I’ve been reading a fascinating book called, “Wild Leadership: What Wild Animals Teach Us About Leadership”, by Erin Walraven. It looks at the various systems of leadership that animal groups live by to survive and thrive. Animal groups have evolved effective ways of navigating their way through theuncertainty of every single day. It is selfless, collaborative and appropriate for theenvironment in which they live. When we humans take examples from nature and adopt them it’s called ‘biomimicry’. Biomimicry “aims to take inspiration from the natural solutions adopted by nature and translate the principles to human engineering.” (youmatter.world)

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Word of the Week…RESPONSIBILITY

Word of the Week…RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility is a huge word. It is inextricably part of life both in our private and professional roles, especially leadership roles. Sharing responsibility is key for a well-functioning team. Of course, everyone has their own role, and some people will naturally be the leaders. However, being a leader does not mean excluding the ideas and input of others and insisting on doing things your way. As always, communication is king.

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Thought of the Week…HERD MENTALITY

Thought of the Week…HERD MENTALITY

The term “herd mentality” generally has a negative connotation. It is defined as, “the tendency of the people in a group to think and behave in ways that conform with others in the group rather than as individuals.” In our society, we are taught that it is good to stand out from the crowd. BUT, what if we flip our thinking just a bit and see the strength in being part of a group?

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Word of the Week…SPIRIT

Word of the Week…SPIRIT

A leader’s role is greatly diminished without their team. No one can do everything by themselves, and no one knows everything. It’s so important to inspire, motivate and empower your team to become the very best version of themselves. That’s leadership; that’s what leaders do. You are privileged to be in a position where you can direct, shape, and focus someone’s potential on a specific result. When you are given the responsibility to lead, you are given an awesome opportunity to influence many people’s lives positively; a responsibility you should never take for granted”
How do you embody the spirit of leadership?

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