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Border Collie Leadership: Learning the Power of Scope

I love the unique perspectives about relationships, leadership, and culture that animals have to offer us. As humans, we can get quite stuck in our heads, thinking and staring at our own stories, identities, and egos. The animal lessons are tangible and straightforward. What you see is what you get. And if you spend a few…

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I Think I Just Got Kicked From Behind

Dear Sally: I have an employee who recently challenged me on a decision but in a disrespectful way. His tone of voice, eye contact and posture said “I’m right and and I won’t even listen and consider what you have said”. Even after my repeated attempted to explain why I disagreed with him, his behavior…

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Delayed Leadership: Are You Asleep at the Wheel?

When we talk about leadership, our clients often think we are referring to how we manage others or build teams. So, they are shocked and confused, and even a little grumpy with us, when we take the leadership puzzle, shake the box, and scatter the pieces everywhere. We can be a bit disruptive! Which is interesting…

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They Are Not Unicorns

Come down to earth! Get your head out of your ass! Get your head out of the clouds! Stop mooning around! Pay attention. Get to work on time. Time and tide that wait for no man willingly Pause for the bare-armed girl brushing her hair In a brown pickup truck on a summer evening. –Jim…

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The Heavy Lifting of Presence in a Busy World

After two years of operating a manual gate at the front entrance of our ranch, we are about to install an electric gate opener. I can say, with all honesty, that I have made decisions about my plans for the day based on how many times I will have to open the blasted thing. There…

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The Puddle of Africa: How I’m Learning to Love the Mess

I used to think that my husband was a slob. I liked how it felt up there on my high horse. I liked the thrill of judgment and the impenetrable shield of righteousness. But I didn’t like the constant conflict between us. And I hated the feelings of powerlessness. After a few years of wrestling over this, one…

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The Value of the Useless Horse

On the morning the wild filly crested the hill, it was early and the fog obscured the view like the long train of a wedding dress. So at first it was hard to tell what kind of animal was moving through the brush. My daughter and I were getting in the truck to head to town. As…

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Welcome to The Circle Up Experience Blog!

— Beth Killough and Susan McCusker are the co-founders of The Circle Up Experience. They work with horses to help humans reclaim personal leadership and transform their own herds. You can read more about their work here, or find them on Facebook.

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How Do Baseball and Horses Connect With Leadership

How do baseball and horses connect to leadership? Well, a San Jose Mercury News article about Giants’ catcher Buster Posey says it all. His teammates describe Posey as calm and tranquil. They say that his even temperament settles other players down in stressful situations and that “his messages are short, precise, and tend to hit the…

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