BUILD TRUST

~If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy~ It takes time to build trust with others. Often in business, a new leader will join a team and instead of building a rapport with her colleagues, she’ll dive right into the tasks at hand. Try to do this with a horse and you’ll likely get a view of his rear end….

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To Forgive is Equine

Forgiveness… why is it so elusive to many of us? I believe our traditional definition of this word – in part – is one reason we have such difficulty with the concept. To forgive, according to dictionary definitions, involves some form of the following: “to give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault”….

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NON-JUDGMENT

One reason leadership training with horses is so successful is because horses show us our blind spots without judging us. To humans, this can seem counter-intuitive because judging others is deeply ingrained into our culture. This is the opposite of how horses operate. They show up willing and able to let us be ourselves, and then gently reveal to us…

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DO NOTHING

~Practice the ancient Chinese art of Wu Wei and discover effortless action~ Wu Wei is a concept in Taoism that literally means non-action. Beings who are in harmony with the natural order behave in a completely uncontrived way – as when the planets revolve around the sun. At first glance, doing nothing could appear irresponsible or lazy – but that…

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BE AUTHENTIC

~Take off the mask and reveal your true self~ (These horses are wearing transparent fly masks) What does it mean to be authentic? It means coming from a real place within – a place where our actions and words are congruent with our beliefs and values. If you’re not sure about your authenticity, just ask a horse. They know instinctively…

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APPRECIATE OTHERS

~Immediate positive feedback transforms teams~  A common challenge I hear from leaders is that they tend to be so focused on their vision that they lose touch with other team members, appearing aloof or self-absorbed. One way to mitigate this is to provide immediate positive feedback, a concept we learn in leadership training with horses. The moment the horse shows…

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Networking… Horse Style

Whether you love it or dread it, networking can mean the difference between connecting with a potential new client, or… not. There are certain things we can do to engage with others successfully at networking events – such as offering a firm handshake (NOT a dead fish!), making eye contact, and listening more than we talk. But perhaps even more…

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