Online programme – ‘Resilience through Connective Clarity’

What if…

  • You could turn your team into more of a ‘herd’?
  • As a leader, you managed to become (even) more meaningful?
  • Hence, leadership became more efficient and simpler for you?

I have developed a programme to establish that!

The programme consists of 10 interactive zoom sessions of 1,5 hour each. The sessions  together form a whole and follow the structure of my book: “Connective Clarity. When Horses Invite You to Take up Authentic, Solution Focused Leadership”.

The difference this Solution Focused programme can make:

  • For yourself:
    • You give clear messages, and you interact with rather than react to people and events that come across.
    • These behaviours help you deal with setbacks as a tumble clown does when pushed out of balance; you know how to bounce back.
  • In your interaction with others:
    • You make stronger connections and obtain better results in less time and with less effort because you take the responsibility to deliver & receive clear messages and invite others to do the same.

 

The programme is for everyone who is intrigued by authentic, Solution Focused leadership

  • Leadership within yourself:
    • You want to make clear choices and make them visible
  • Leadership towards others:
    • You want to take others along in the initiatives you  take
    • You have an (in)formal role as a leader

Format

Red thread is the ‘Model of Connective Clarity’

 

Session 1 is about Connection (= the foundation, the ‘glue’)

Is there less connection in a long distance team than in a team that has lunch together at least once a week?

 

Sessions 2 to 4 are part 1 of the book: ‘From the inside out: what do you communicate?’

How to state your messages as clear as possible, and how to get them across as you intend to?

 

Session 5 is about the mindset, “Interesting!

Can you choose your behaviour instead of reacting automatically? And if you can, how do you do that and what are the benefits from that?

 

Sessions 6 till 10 are part 2 of the book: ‘From the outside in: dealing with situations’

How to respond instead of react? How to keep an overview? How to define destinations? How to use power, not force? How to act thoroughly instead of cautiously or recklessly? What is genuine assertiveness?

 

You can follow the programme as a whole, in separate sessions, or in clusters of your choice.

 

Each session consists of:

  • A video fragment that introduces the theme of the session by using examples of natural horse behaviour
  • Background information the link between natural horse behaviour and the Solution Focus approach
  • Reflection & exchange about how this theme is relevant for you
  • Inspiration & action: what are you going to bring into practice? How are you going to do that?

 

The sessions run every two weeks, from 19h30 till 21h00 (CET)

session 1: 10/09 – session 2: 24/09:  – session 3: 08/10 – session 4: 22/10 – session 5: 10/11 – session 6: 26/11 – session 7: 10/12 – session 8: 21/12 – session 9: 05/01/2021 – session 10: 21/01/2021

Registrations: see Events page

 

Price:

25€ pp per session (+ Eventbrite booking cost)

 

Session 1: Connection

Being herd animals, togetherness is one of their core qualities.

What you can learn from horses:

  • You can’t influence without connecting first
  • What are the necessary ingredients of an authentic connection?

 

Session 2: Have a clear message

Horses communicate clear messages, not stories.

What you can learn from horses:

  • What is the importance of the question, “What do you want?”
  • When to tell a story? When to deliver a clear message?

 

Session 3: State Your Message as You Intend to

Horses are always unmistakably clear in what they mean

What you can learn from horses:

  • The importance of competence (“Am I really able to…?”) and willingness (“Am I really willing to…?”)
  • The distinction between problems and limitations

 

Session 4: Be Understood as You Intend to

Horses make sure that their message has the intended effect.

What you can learn from horses:

  • The importance of checking (“Do I hear you say that…?”)
  • The importance of describing (“I hear some doubt in your answer”)

 

Session 5: The mindset, “Interesting!”

Horses explore what they need to do before they take action. That requires a brief “stop”.

What you can learn from horses:

  • The power of observing
  • The importance of ‘different’ instead of ‘right/wrong’

 

Session 6: Attention 360°

Horses have continuously 360° attention. They actively scan the environment to check whether the surroundings are safe. This scanning is an essential leadership quality.

What you can learn from horses:

  • The importance of having an overview to sense (more) opportunities
  • The difference between attention and focus, and when to use them efficiently

 

Session 7: Direction

Horses do not live in indecisiveness; they always head for something. Horses explore, they choose, and everything that comes from that choice is information they will subsequently use.

What you can learn from horses:

  • The distinction between goals and destinations
  • The distinction between choosing for what you want and choosing what is needed (and the consequences of both)

 

Session 8: Power

Amongst horses, leadership is not about fixed positions. Amongst horses, leadership is about becoming meaningful.

What you can learn from horses:

  • ‘Powerfully inviting’, as a leadership quality
  • The impact of behaviour on behaviour

 

Session 9: Thoroughness

Horses always act with thoroughness. Using their exceptional ability to observe, they take the steps they need in the given moment, literally and figuratively.

What you can learn from horses:

  • The distinction between caution and thoroughness
  • The importance of taking small steps

 

Session 10: Assertiveness in inter-action

For horses, everything is information that they can subsequently use, and they continuously explore and test that information. That is of utmost importance; they only take into account what is present. And that requires proof, not hope.

What you can learn from horses:

  • Explore what we interpret to be opposition instead of taking it personally. It is what it is, and what you do with it.
  • To see obstacles as manifestations of the question, “Do you really mean it?”

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