I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example. I want to make sure there is no discrepancy between what we say and what we do. If you preach accountability and then promote somebody with bad results, it doesn't work. I personally believe the best training is management by example. Don't believe what I say. Believe what I do. ~ Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan

What Are Your Hidden Tails©

Using scientific biofeedback measurements, this workshop focuses on body language (somatic), congruence and hidden agendas by using scientific biofeedback

Can you guess how this may affect your work environment, colleagues, negotiations and presentations?

Research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them, including our gaze. The results show how sensitive horses are to very subtle body cues when interacting with humans, in the same way that they are sensitive to tiny changes in posture or muscle tone of other horses. Knowing that you are communicating with a horse subconsciously in every move you make can only lead to an improved relationship. ~ Leanne Proops, PhD
Center for Mammal Vocal Communication Research
University of Sussex in Brighton


Hidden Agenda - Definition from All Business:
An unannounced objective, need, expectation, or strategy of a person or group when participating in an activity. Since individuals keep their agendas secret, one has to rely on minimal clues to determine what others are thinking...

When we are intertwined with incongruence between what we think about and what we actually do - it creates clutter and a struggle for clear, focused thinking and planning. Regulating emotions while in service to a goal is essential to clear focus, self-motivation and harnessing creativity and expression. Emotional, physical and verbal awareness, delayed gratification, and self-control are all steps on the ladder to every kind of accomplishment. Working with the horses sets the stage for participants to focus and react in the moment while simultaneously experiencing emotions such as fear or inadequacy. By learning to modulate the vibes you are projecting, you develop a mastery of self-control, poise, and sociosensual awareness. Through directed activities with the horses you will see that it is possible to visualize the desired outcome even in the face of distraction, confusion, frustration and even anger.

Horses assist people in learning the power of non-verbal communication, decision-making, assumptions and dependencies found in corporate structures. By inviting humans into their herd structure the horses offer a "truth mirror". The importance of being true to yourself first and foremost will be explored. Developing a somatic awareness means attending to your mind, body and spirit as an interconnected system. The mind attempts to understand itself and our environment, the body responds to the environment and our spirit goes after an underlying desire for finding possibility and meaning. Connecting all three puts us in touch with the natural world and our natural state - which is where the horses are. Horses can teach us to be honest because they consistently point out our incompetence at being totally honest. They simply don't accept falsehoods, when we are inauthentic with the horses, problems become evident immediately.

photos courtesy of Teaming for Success

At Spring Reins of Hope one of our objectives in the What Are Your Hidden Tails workshop is to help both individuals and corporations resolve discrepancies that lead to hidden agendas and to expose those subtle un-conscious hidden motives or desires that we all experience from time to time. Hidden agendas in the workplace, especially at the management or executive level can be detrimental to work ethic, general moral, productivity and overall success of the organization. Sometimes a hidden agenda can be a symbol of truth and freedom, one example is when we feel our 'gut' telling us something and we continue to pretend that it's better to go with the flow. Ignoring that intuitive knowledge is essentially being incongruent. Horses help us close the gap between how we think we are presenting ourselves to others and how we are actually perceived by others. Revealing the truths of these differences then leads the way for improved communication and better results.

In addition to the ground activities with the horses the What Are Your Hidden Tails workshop also incorporates the "Know Thyself" lab sessions which will reinforce, back-up and prove what the horses are telling us about our hidden agendas. Biofeedback measurements can be recorded as individual readings or on the entire group as whole. Generally these biofeedback readings are taken before and after the sessions that incorporate the horses and can provide very compelling pointers to where our core truth resides. Committing to a path of truth enhances your personal and professional success!

The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do ~ Andrew Carnegie

SROH "Know Thyself" Lab Session Workshop:

All Equine Assisted Learning workshops at Spring Reins of Hope offer an opportunity to learn more about how your body is "giving you away" to the horses. More often than not, individuals are disconnected from their bodies and unaware of the signals they are communicating non-verbally. Spring Reins of Hope offers a psychophsiological component meant as yet an additional layer to "Know Thyself" - for it was the Greek philosopher, Socrates, who coined the term to emphasize the growth in committing to knowing yourself fully.

While horses are natures premier somatic thermostats we can offer concrete feedback, based on scientific measures, on the importance of self-regulation and its effects on the horse and relationships. The biofeedback assessment gives the participant a sneak peek of what the horses may present for them. Oftentimes, this preliminary information can help participants consider new choices for old habits. These lab sessions are meant to provide additional insight about one's physiological response to stimuli and introduce effective techniques that can help you prepare to interact with our 4 legged teachers. Sessions can be arranged as a group experience or customized for each individual within the group.

All lab sessions must be scheduled in advance due to the fact that we are using scientific machinery / equipment and must allow appropriate time for that. These sessions will employ biofeedback equipment assessing somatic markers such as heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature, skin conductance, heart rate variability (marker of autonomic nervous system function), and respiratory measures. Biofeedback techniques will be employed pending a psychophsiological assessment.

There are seven things that will destroy us: wealth without work; pleasure without consciousness; knowledge without character; religion without sacrifice; politics without principals; science without humanity; business without ethics. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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