Bringing Leadership Lessons to Life
World Class Leadership Development an hour west of Toronto
World Class Leadership Development an hour west of Toronto
What makes leadership hard isn’t the theoretical, it’s the practical. It’s not about knowing best practices or your EQ score. It’s about whether you’re able to do what is needed when its needed.
Studying what Leaders “should” do rarely impacts behaviour. If it did Leaders could read a handful of good books or attend a class or participate in a webinar and profits would soar. It’s not that simple.
When you are good at achieving results it’s like being the top goal scorer on your team. You know exactly when you get things right, you get a lot of attention and you feel great. Getting promoted means you are responsible for the success of a team – instead of being a player you are a coach and the coach isn’t supposed to be on the field.
Until you stop thinking like a player and start thinking like a coach you likely will end up on the field trying to score the goals and direct your team at the same time. No wonder so many leaders struggle and get burnt out.
Each time you change roles – from expert to team leader to manager,to director to CEO it requires a shift in perspective and a whole new way of thinking.
Everyone interacts with horses based on a mindset they are not even aware of. We think like predators. They think like prey. We use control (ropes, whips, bridles) to lead them – they choose to follow only when you earn their respect. Control never earns respect – just fear or compliance.
Horses have no facade so they won’t pretend to follow while really feeling disengaged. They don’t care what is on your business card – they care about what you do. We don’t show leaders how a change in mindset can earn followership – we let them do it. We teach them a new way of interacting and then uncover how their mindset is getting in the way, shift the mindset, shift the actions and the instantly responds (this instant response is why we work with horses). Its powerful stuff – its impossible to believe that the reason people are not engaged is because they just aren’t willing when you got a horse to go from resistant to engaged simply by (oh – sorry – you have to come to a session to find that out).
We don’t stop with the “aha’s” interacting with the horses bring- we immediately transfer the learnings. We raise awareness with the horses, exposing mindsets and unconscious behaviour patterns, then we consciously select new behaviours, test them out, appreciate the positive impact and plan follow up that ensures results.
You will notice a difference immediately and the difference lasts. We meet with clients ten years after their session and they can still tell us exactly what they learned and what impact that learning had. Relationships will be improved. Priorities will be better aligned, .Leaders will have new ways of engaging their staff. Teams will be communicating better.
This is experiential learning at its finest. Head, Hands, Heart and Spirit all engaged in a positive, powerful learning process that has been proven to have significant impact. No one ever forget the lessons they learned with the horses.
We work with:
Our clients include a wide range of industries and organizations and we have special rates for non profits. Companies like Johnson and Johnson, Kraft Canada, the University of Guelph, Pfizer, Social Services organizations, Manufacturing organizations and many more have all gained a bit of Horse Sense.
Yes we work with horses but other than that this program is unique. It was designed based on 20 years experience in accelerated learning, systems thinking, appreciative inquiry, change management, situational leadership, trust building, neuroscience,and much more. Our facilitators are senior management consultants who are active in the field.
Here is what one client had to say:
It’s Sharon and her style as much as the horses. She doesn’t leave any stone unturned, she goes deeper and deeper to get at the real issues, yet she’s so non-confrontational. It’s the whole package, I can’t imagine anyone else who could do it better. She understands business, human dynamics and horses – it’s really fantastic
David Weiss, author of The Leadership Gap said that the program was so good he would change nothing! and that was a first.
We are part of several In House Leadership Development programs. The Horse Sense session not only gets top feedback (4.5/5 or better) but is voted as the session that participants most want to retain. I love attending graduation and hearing how Horse Sense impacted lives – not just at work but at home as well. Some clients have been bringing their Leaders for years. One client held 34 sessions over 7 years so that every senior leader was able to participate.
If you are simply looking for a fun day out for your team this is not the program for you. If you are looking for significant learning and a program that will make a difference in the area your organization needs it most then a bit of Horse Sense might be a perfect fit.
if they can't shift focus to Coaching they likely will be one of the 70% of Leaders who don't have what it takes to be effective. This short ebook outlines the 4 critical mindsets that every High Performer needs to shift in order to become an Effective Leader.
Next: Curious about whether the program would be a fit you? – Take a look at Who We Work With section or if you are wondering why senior leaders tell us the day with horses was the best leadership experience of their career (no one ever says that about any of my slide decks!) then go straight to Why Horses?
Executives appreciate getting a new perspective on their Leadership though unfiltered feedback.
“I have to tell you that having done my fair share of leadership training over the years – there is sometimes a touch of cynicism approaching leadership training sessions. I’ve been around a while, and seen a lot.
The Horse Sense program was exceptional! The team building and understanding within the day’s program was really the best I have encountered and the self-learning was outstanding. I am a convert who not only looks forward to the next session – but can hardly wait to see what new learning and understandings result from it.
Thank you for a great leadership experience absolutely laced with immediately useful strategies as well as plenty of fodder (bit of a pun on the horses there!) for reflection and future growth.
Intact Teams (Sales, Operational, Project,…) learn new ways to communicate with each other, increase alignment and resolve ongoing issues.
“In the team exercise, we learned which members of the team were better communicators, and who tended to suffer in silence. One person was having trouble keeping up with the rest of the team, but didn’t say anything and we realized how we sometimes discouraged people from communicating.
Our team as a whole had a real breakthrough at this program. We’re a much better team now. There is more communications, “more checking in with each other, more understanding of different people’s styles”
Leadership Development programs get better results faster as core concepts come to life..
We benchmark different things at the company, and we’ve seen many of our scores improve since working with Sharon. There’s a whole range of leadership behaviours that we track and all of us have seen our scores go up. The Horse Sense program is definitely a big part of that
Contact Sharon to talk about your specific goals and we can discover whether there is a fit for your organization. We’ll even invite you to experience a bit of Horse Sense yourself before you make a commitment – either virtually or in person at our farm just west of Milton.