All programs are curated just for your needs. Whether it's a tricky middle manager, high level executive wanting to go next level, a whole team that isn't working well together, or sales are down and you need a new perspective, we've got you covered.
We offer full day corporate programs and 1/2 day programs with a maximum of 6 people with additional pricing for each additional person. Lunch is included for the full day retreat and can be included for 1/2 day retreat.
Private executive sessions are also available.
Know Thyself - you will experience how you are as a leader by receiving direct feed back from your new "team-member" the horse and then make the changes you want to make in real time to get the results.
Making Connections - how do you connect as a leader? What are the quality of your relationships with your team and other leaders? In each exercise you will set a clear vision, give direction, and build trust through effective non-verbal communication with a horse.
Express Yourself - feel the impact of your actions, intentions, energy. Strengthen emotional intelligence with exercises that involve self reflection and experience the impact of empathy while directly working with a horse.
Eliminate Uncertainty - clear expectations are key to great leadership. Situational leadership skills (like directive, collaborative, and delegating) are put into practice through each exercise working directly with a horse.
Set the Stage - creating a space where everyone feels safe to grow and learn, including you.
Build a Bridge - building connections between team members. From the first exercise with the horses participants learn to observe and then implement the most suitable strategy for each horse/individual. Building the right attitude and work-culture amongst the team helps drive company goals and develop loyal employees. During the program leaders become acutely aware of their impact on this culture.
Recognize & Celebrate - recognizing and appreciating a job well done. You will experience your own small wins and success when you take an action step out of your comfort zone.
Feedback - how to give and receive feedback so your team and company can thrive.Positive priming of challenging situations helps participants to adopt an active learning mind-set back to the office.
Show You Care - Developing an atmosphere of trust.
What Horses Teach Us About Leadership
If you want to receive immediate feedback for how you are showing up in the world then spend time with a horse.
Horses are highly social and have no interest in human hierarchies or stories. They don't know if you are a CEO or an intern. Whatever your position, they will reflect back to you a very clear picture of how you are showing up with an immediate, open and honest response.
There are many leader development programs using experiential learning that usually consist of games, role-play, or an activity which relies on facilitators or peer participants giving feedback. These can be useful but the feedback is socially filtered and often given after the fact when you can no longer do anything differently.
Working with horses you will receive immediate feedback and incorporate a different way of being to receive a different response in the moment. You will feel in your bones how it feels to set a strong boundary, or get the same results being less assertive.
Horses are tuned in and highly aware of their environment. They are able to discern things that are not on our radar. Years ago I was doing a cattle drive with a "cowboy" who wanted me to ride my horse, Winnie, up the hill to move a lone cow back to the herd. Try as I may, Winnie would not go up that hill. I felt like a complete failure and my ego was bruised in front of this "cowboy." He began to lope his horse towards the hill and immediately sunk into a bog up to the horses back hips. I was thankful in that moment that I didn't force my horse up the hill. Winnie knew. In that moment, I learned how to give over as leader. Not an easy lesson.
Horses work with non verbal communication. They work on a physical and emotional level, picking up micro body language cues and energy. In turn their body language and what they are or are not willing to do for us is vital feedback. For the safety of the herd, they are constantly asking "Who is leading? Me or you?" "Do I trust you enough to follow?"
Did you know that non-verbal communication accounts for 80% communication? What are you saying in a meeting or presentation before you even open your mouth?
I've heard more than one client say, "I've read a lot about leadership but today I felt what it is to be a leader."
Great leadership comes from a combination of mind, heart, gut, which creates the power of intention. You will have a direct experience of this with horses.