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Word of the Week…PERSEVERANCE

Word of the Week…PERSEVERANCE

Nelson Mandela once said: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Perseverance is a quality that every good leader possesses. Life is not just about having skills or talent but about following them through.
Perseverance is important in tough times when it can be most tempting to give up. Being a business owner and a horse owner (they go together for me) continually teaches me so much about perseverance.

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Word of the Week…INTENTION

Word of the Week…INTENTION

Horses can teach us much about intention. They pick up on any incongruence between our intentions and actions. It’s not airy-fairy horse whisperer stuff – as a prey animal, they need to be highly sensitive and attuned to even the slightest changes in their environment for mere survival. So you can’t hide behind your corporate persona from a horse to the real you, they see right  through to the real you. 

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Word of the Week…PATIENCE

Word of the Week…PATIENCE

orses keenly sense when someone is impatient and respond accordingly – no amount of pulling will make them move faster. When working with horses, we have a bit of a mantra: “act like you have five minutes and it’ll take all day, act like you have all day and it’ll take five minutes.”
Patience, and the calm that it brings, is super important when working with people too. Especially when working with teams. We are all different so team dynamics can be a source of frustration especially with a looming deadline.

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Word of the Week…COMPOSURE

Word of the Week…COMPOSURE

I’ll never forget a lesson my horses once taught me about composure. They were jumpier, less co-operative. It was only at that point that I realised: my anxiety was sky-high. And, despite telling myself that I was composed, the horses could sense otherwise. What a lesson on how your own composure impacts those around you! If a leader doesn’t maintain composure then it filters through to everyone.

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Word of the Week…HUMOUR

Word of the Week…HUMOUR

Work and life can’t be serious all the time. And sometimes when faced with tough situations, have to make a choice between falling into despair and laughing it off. Think how you can use humour today in the workplace. Laughter creates connection through engagement. I suggest laughing off and learning from a mistake instead of getting upset about it. After all, “laughter is the best medicine”

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Word of the Week…Compassion

Word of the Week…Compassion

Compassion can mean everything from looking after the most vulnerable in our community, to helping a friend or neighbour having a tough time, to being a good listener. Compassion is also an essential part of being a good leader, helping to build trust and bring out the best in people. A compassionate leader is likely to have a happy and highly functioning team.
How can you practise compassion as a leader? Well, there’s lots of ways to go about it:
Always try to see situations from another’s perspective
Appreciate that there are different types of personalities who react to situations in different ways
Accept without judgement. Horses are wonderful at taking people as they come, and we should all strive to do the same.

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12 horsey days of Christmas (or lessons for any time!)

12 horsey days of Christmas (or lessons for any time!)

As I reflect on the year, I hear many people say how glad they are that it is nearly over and how next year can only get better. (Sounds familiar lol). But I would like to us all to reflect on the positives of the year that was.

We can thank the C-word virus for forcing many of us to make changes that were overdue and necessary. We learnt how flexible working environments can be, how adaptable we are, the importance of caring for others, how fragile and robust we can be.

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