Leadership and Horses

New Partnership with SAFE Horse Rescue

New Partnership with SAFE Horse Rescue

It’s been a busy summer for Leadership with Horses. Perhaps what I’m most excited about this summer is our new partnership with Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE). Nine times out of ten, a horse ends up in rescue, not because of something they’ve done. They’re there because, along the way, a human failed them. One of the most important…

Experience vs. Effectiveness

Experience vs. Effectiveness

Like most coaches, I have a coach. In fact, I have several. One of them is my riding instructor, Siggi. Almost every time I work with Cato, my Anglo Arabian, under her keen eye, I learn something that translates directly into the leadership arena. Cato and I practice a lot of downward transitions these days…

It’s Spring:  Time To Shed Our Resistance

It’s Spring: Time To Shed Our Resistance

My horses are starting to shed out their winter coats, a sure sign that spring is around the corner. Which reminds me of last year, when I treated myself to an at liberty immersion experience with Leslie Nichols, who’s based outside of Phoenix, Arizona. I was looking forward to some time away from the dreary…

Sometimes You Need to Go Slow, to Go Fast

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 proven 100‐mile horse, he had a short but impressive endurance…

The Teaching Power of Horses

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 name. The team, who came from many different backgrounds and locations, had…

Horses Help Bring a Medical Team Together

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 director, and we both decided that we wanted…

Transitioning with Grace

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 moving forward. I wanted to do it as professionally as…

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425 Business features Leadership with Horses

425 Business features Leadership with Horses

It’s a clear, crisp fall day in the Pacific Northwest and you’re at Epona Meadows in Woodinville, standing in an outdoor arena with nine of your coworkers. As a team, you must lead two horses and a donkey — each about 1,000 pounds — in unison around the arena without talking or using lead ropes,…

A Banner Year for Leadership with Horses

A Banner Year for Leadership with Horses

From California to Chicago, nearly 300 leaders attended Leadership with Horses Programs at Epona Meadows last year. When Dennis, the Senior Director of the Supply Chain Department at PepsiCo, Chicago was looking for a special experience for the 15 leaders of his team, he decided Mindful Leadership with Horses was the the way to go.…

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