WHY CIRCLE UP?
You may not have thought of it this way before, but humans have lived in their own “herds” for thousands of years — communities, big or small, that have relied on their interconnectedness to survive. In the times of horse-drawn vehicles, people would circle up their wagons as a way of creating community, safety, and efficient resource sharing. Even in these modern times, the quest for collaboration and community are within us all. It’s how we really thrive.
PRINCIPLES OF A STABLE HUMAN HERD
Open feedback is a core relationship skill. We’ll guide your group into a refreshing and honest conversation about your culture. Truly understanding each other is the low hanging fruit of leadership.
An often misunderstood concept, trust is something we actively build, one interaction at a time. With our unique model, your group will experience a profound sense of safety, authentic connection, and purpose-driven action.
Awareness is the holy grail of leadership. We will help you build mindful practices into your everyday functions, creating more meaning and connection in all that you do. Our work is a wake up call to your innate leadership strengths.
We take our work seriously, but we have an endless sense of humor about the human condition. When we invite fun into our development, we’re able to more fully engage and learn.
We focus on fundamental human values, transforming your group into a connected and meaningful community.
WHY WE START WITH HORSES
Horses mirror your energy, leadership, and emotion. They quickly and clearly show you how you operate in your daily life. To spend a day with horses is to learn exactly how the rest of the world experiences you — and how you experience the rest of the world.
These wise animals also naturally demonstrate balanced and shared leadership, giving human groups an intimate experience of stability and trust along with the freedom to give and receive feedback, while valuing each member’s strengths and their dynamic leadership role.
Our starting point with any organization is the horses. Simply put, they are our assessment tool. Forget about DISC and MBTI and StrengthsFinder. Stand next to a horse and you will learn everything you need to know about yourself. The work we do within your organization, post-horse experience, will give you countless opportunities to reflect on what you learned with the horses.
Not all of our work is done with horses. Although they’re an essential part of sparking the insights that you’ll likely have, we’ll be continuously coaching your group to develop connection and move toward change. We use a mix of lively discussion, practical application of the lessons you’ve learned from our horse-based work, and hands-on group activities.
WHEN YOU SEE
OF A HORSE,
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A HORSE PERSON
You don’t need any experience with horses to gain valuable insights and make big changes through our work. In fact, you don’t even need to like horses! And keep in mind that when you’re working with us, you won’t be riding. All of our work is done on the ground.
IT’S GOING TO BE FUN
Imagine this: you’re learning something new, and it’s not through a PowerPoint presentation with fluorescent lights humming above. You’re connecting with others on your team in genuine and authentic ways, and there are no awkward and mind-numbing “icebreaker” games. Our work is lively and energizing — the perfect environment to learn a new way to relate and discover the empowered, connected leader within.
You can come to one of our facilities in California, Ohio, and Indiana or we can come to you. The horses we work with aren’t magic (don’t tell them this!). In the event that you’re located far from our ranches, we’re able to travel to you and work with local horse facilities.
We’re Beth Killough and Susan McCusker, two women who’ve been coaching, counseling, and teaching others through most of our adult lives.
We played enough of the rat-race game to realize it wasn’t working. We needed what people have needed since the dawn of time. We sold everything we owned, moved our families to ranches (Susan in Ohio and Beth in California) and developed a new way of looking at leadership. We call it Natural Leadership and we’ve walked every mile of this work ourselves.
It’s important work, which we treat with genuineness, authenticity, and compassion — but that doesn’t mean we won’t sprinkle a bunch of fun into the mix.