Jo Simpson explains why you must keep an open mind to understand the potential of horse-powered team and leadership development.
Coming from the background of international banking and career coaching, I can empathise with those who find it challenging to believe horses can help with success in business. Despite years of experience with horses myself, it took time to recognise the powerful impact of equine guided team and leadership development in dealing with the issues businesses face.
While at Chase/JPMorgan I had been fortunate to be selected for intensive training to be a facilitator of a company-wide 2 day culture change workshop. I didn’t realise it at the time, but this was my introduction to “experiential learning” and NLP. Our Training involved increasing our own Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence as we would be encouraging others to do the same.
As I progressed through my training with EAQ on the road to becoming an equine assisted learning facilitator, I realised the experiential learning model we were following was bringing my previous learning back into consciousness, as well as introducing new insights. My beliefs, communication and leadership style, behavioural traits galore were all being presented to me, but in a non-confrontational way. I began to see the potential for an innovative approach to training and development, with a uniquely powerful way of raising the bar in terms of improving communication and harnessing emotional intelligence.
Most importantly, l had gained a firm belief in the power of Equine Guided Team & Leadership Development and its benefits as part of training and development programmes, for both individuals and teams.