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Monday
Jun012015

The Importance of Being Flexible!

Running your own business can be a balancing act between flexibility and reliability, both for your clients and for your staff.

Flexibility is about good management.  When you make a change in scheduled programs or events, make sure you give ample notice to attendees and potential attendees.  This is actually an opportunity to demonstrate your organization's reliability. Going forward, your clients will know that they will be kept in the loop if changes arise.    

Flexibility is also an important element of an effective workplace.  Flexibility is not saying "yes" to any and all requests.  And flexibility is not simply responding to crises among your staff. Built upon a foundation of trust and respect, flexibility can help you attract top talent to support your business.  Setting parameters and encouraging staff to think about their personal needs and how they can still be effective in their job. As you can imagine, open dialogue is imperative.   Work-process planning ahead of time can increase your staff's ability to be flexible. What happens during the summer months when we are really overloaded? How do we need to adjust when someone is on vacation? Encourage employees to propose new solutions that enable them to get the job done. Your organization's flexibility to accommodate staff needs stren gthens that relationship relationship and builds trust, loyalty and commitment.  The result: a team working together to provide the best results possible, knowing they each play an important and valued role your business' success!    

Done well, flexibility can be a win-win-win for your business, your clients and your staff!

Tuesday
May122015

Mindsight and Creating Implicit Memory

Mindsight
Mindsight, a provocative and useful concept developed by Dr. Dan Sie- gel (2010), posits that “...[T]his capacity to see the mind itself—our own mind as well as the minds of others—is what we might call our seventh sense,” what he calls Mindsight (Kindle Locations 1692-1694). Siegel further states, Mindsight is “creating well-being—in our mental life, in our close relationships, and even in our bodies,” and “is a learn- able skill” (Kindle Locations 171-172). It appears Mindsight is what is being developed in the arena with horses. Let’s take a deeper look at it.

Siegel’s book Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (2010) has been extremely helpful to me as I’ve considered and tried to identify what is happening in the arena between clients, horses, and facilitators. Just as emotional and social intelligence concepts helped me understand and better articulate the “soft skills” that are being developed in the arena, Mindsight has helped me articulate more in regard to the science of what is happening, and how we are supporting clients in their move towards wholeness: “With Mindsight we are able to focus our mind in ways that literally integrate the brain and move it toward resilience and health” (Siegel, 2010, Kindle Locations 190-191).

Creating Implicit Memory
Implicit memory is essentially what we are creating in the arena with horses and clients when we practice EAP/EAL. What is implicit memory? “The kind of memory that enables us to ride the bike is called implicit memory,” Siegel (2010) states, “[O]ur ability to recall the day we were taught to ride is explicit memory” (Kindle Locations 2689- 2690). Implicit memory, Siegel explains, “harnesses the brain’s capacity to generalize from experience,...

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Sunday
Mar222015

It's All About Change

Thoughts and Models to Foster and Support the Process
In the field of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning, clients generally are coming to us in some form of distress or discomfort. Ours is not the world of massage or manicures, where clients usually leave refreshed, revitalized, and rejuvenated. The change fostered by EAP is about long-term change, not short-term happiness or satisfaction. In this, we need to be comfortable when others are uncomfortable. That’s a big part of being a professional in this field.

Change, for clients, for ourselves, for anyone, is, quite simply, hard. If it weren’t, we’d all regularly and routinely solve all our problems just by becoming aware of them and taking appropriate action. But our psyches aren’t akin to fixing a flat tire. There are a lot more moving parts, as evidenced by some of the neuroscience literature we’ve been examining. Flat tires don’t often deny they are flat, or think flat is working just fine!

One idea that is becoming abundantly clear is that a system of bribes and rewards to produce change is insufficient and/or flawed. As the title of a book long recommended by EAGALA states, we are often Punished by Rewards (Kohn, 1999). The subtitle continues to point the finger at systems that don’t work: “The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes.” Kohn posits that collaboration, meaningful content, and choice are much greater methods for reaching lasting change. More recently, Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us (2011), continues the discussion, determining that internal motivators will almost always trump external ones. Autonomy/choice, mastery and purpose are more significant in creating lasting change than money or various other carrots. Choice and collaboration are significant elements of EAP/EAL.

There’s little surprise in the fact that horse trainers seeking relationship with horses...

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