Leadership Challenges typically include the need to deliver results in a fast-moving, complex, data-overloaded, global, unpredictable business environment by engaging and energising people to be motivated to give everything that they are capable of giving.
Leadership is a set of values, knowledge and skills which accelerate the ability of leaders to achieve results through others while operating at sustainable workloads. Although everyone has natural ability (and preferences) in certain areas, everyone is capable of infinitely optimising strengths and minimising any negative impact in areas where they are relatively weak. We focus on Implementing Strategy, Leading Change, Decision Making, Coaching, Optimising Team Performance, Influencing and Partnering.
Mindfulness practices and techniques are increasingly being used in the Corporate World (including, for example, Google, Deutsche Bank and Transport for London) to enhance personal and team effectiveness. We sow mindfulness into our work related to Emotional Intelligence. We focus on three key skills deepening awareness, building concentration power and developing equanimity. Laser-like concentration skills enable the observer to become aware of sensory experience in a way that improves situational presence, drives good decision making and supports more effective prioritisation. Deeper perception of reality (concentration) reduces data distortion and a balanced response (equanimity) lead to wisdom.
Story Telling lies at the heart of informing, engaging and inspiring. We place a strong emphasis on story-telling skills as the basis for effective learning on all our workshops.
All of the above skills can be developed with time and effort.
We draw on a wide range of sound learning methodology and the tools and techniques we incorporate at individual and team level are well established in the Corporate world and beyond.
We focus on experiential learning through doing to complement intellectual understanding. We consistently relate theoretical approaches to the here and now (behaviours and events in the workshop) and to the workplace (analysing and practising responses to workplace challenges).
We draw on mindfulness practices and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to work experientially with emotions deepening awareness and leveraging the emotional world to improve leaders’ ability to influence others and optimise personal effectiveness.
We work with horses to raise awareness of the power or emotions to engage or disengage and to help with important self-insight.
We focus strongly on leveraging strengths in addition to working with development areas. This focus draws on the findings of Martin Selligman and others working in the area of Positive Psychology. “Learned Optimisim” by Martin Selligman; “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
We work with transpersonal perspectives drawing on the latest thinking in the fields of Transpersonal Psychology, Positive Psychology and Neuroscience.
Who is important to us and why
At the deepest level, the meaning of human existence is paradoxical and mysterious. Understanding it requires deep Wisdom. What is Wisdom? Wisdom arises from clear, undistorted seeing which enables good moment-by-moment decision making. Wisdom is accessible to all. People who seem to us to embody deep wisdom include Plato, Plotinus, Gregory of Nyssa, Evagruis Ponticus, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, and in more modern times Carl Jung, Jiddu Krisnamurti and John Main.
|Daniel Goleman and Mindfulness
We like the simplicity and clarity of Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence model. We see it as an excellent basis for building communication and influencing skills and for working with personal Leadership effectiveness (often associated with Mindfulness, Self-awareness and Self-control).
Learning from Horses – Elisabeth De Corbigny
|Learning about Teams – Patrick LencioniPartick Lencioni works with teams. We like the simple clear logic of his approach to improving team performance and use his model in our team workshops.|
|Learning from the Experts
We particularly like the thinking of Carl Rogers, Eric Fromm, Martin Seligman, Daniel Pink, Daniel Khaneman, Daniel Goleman, Steven Covey, Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, Eckhart Tolle, John Kotter, and “the Human Givens” – Joe Griffen and Ivan Tyrell.