Insights from Amanda

Sometimes You Need to Go Slow, to Go Fast

Cato was a gift, although I didn't know that for a long time.  After two years of searching for the perfect endurance horse, I discovered Cato in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains. He came from a herd owned by one of America's  top ten endurance riders. A...

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That Vision Thing

Most executives I know are skilled at the ‘we’ vision – that which inspires an organization, major donors or investors, and stakeholders. They’ve helped create it, they live and breathe it, and are truly accomplished at galvanizing others around that ‘we’ vision. In...

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A Bucket or a Basket? Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

Every leader needs a bucket list. It's a helpful concept that can encourage us to be forward-thinking, stretch outside our comfort zone, and set goals. Bucket lists also have some drawbacks: They can keep us focused on what we haven't - instead of what we have -...

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Coaching Aligns Personal and Professional Goals

Lynne Taddeo Kjolso had many reasons for pursuing leadership coaching. She manages a global team and works remotely. She often communicates and make decisions while traveling. Lynne puts her leadership skills to work in a complex environment and receives positive...

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Coaching Gives Your Leadership Some ‘Ooomph!’

I decided to hire a leadership coach because I’m executive director for Westside Baby, a non-profit company that is rapidly expanding. I’m trained in law, not business management. I found that my background helped me be an excellent boss, but I could learn to be a...

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The Teaching Power of Horses

Steve Cooper, CEO of TrueBlue, had planned a three day offsite retreat at Willows Lodge when he discovered the option to do a leadership workshop with horses.  He was eight months into the re-branding of his company, pulling several individual companies under one...

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Horses Help Bring a Medical Team Together

After working with Amanda on a governance retreat, I asked her to put together a team building and leadership session with horses. I had a fractured team, made up of both old and new staff members.  They just weren't jelling. I had recently hired a new medical...

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Transitioning with Grace

I was transitioning out of my position as executive director of Groundwire when my board hired Amanda as a transition coach. I had resigned my position, and planned to spend my last six weeks as executive director working to position the organization for success in...

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