What we do

OUR TAKE ON LEADERSHIP

Leadership isn’t just about getting people from one place to the other. It’s about how we lead, how we are perceived and how we are received. It’s about being aware of all of our communication: our body language, our attitude and our tone of voice. Everyone reacts in different ways to each other based upon their perception of these ‘silent communicators’.

WHY HORSES?

Horses don’t lie. They don’t have hidden agendas. Rather, horses respond to what they see and feel in the moment. As prey animals, their flight instincts become instant mirrors and non-judgmental feedback mechanisms. Horse Sense is all about using this feedback as a leadership tool, empowering you in a unique and life-changing way to hone leadership skills.

SEE YOURSELF FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

Looking at communication from another’s perspective, without a word spoken, can initiate profound change in just one day. We guide you on a journey of self discovery that looks at your beliefs, habits and processes and opens your horizon to new, more effective and more empowered ways to lead.

LET OTHERS SEE YOU FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

True leadership is more than just knowing how to lead. It’s knowing how to create team spirit, collaboration, joy, fun and self development in your place of business. Horse Sense training days and weekends are all centred around these attributes, ensuring you and your team leaves having thoroughly enjoyed a life-changing, learning experience.

Who leads us

Louise Kropach

Louise has over 30 years experience as a team leader, coach, workshop innovator, horse trainer and rider to her authentic leadership work with horses. Louise travels Australia facilitating programs on emotional awareness and personal and professional development, training others in this field as well as teaching natural horsemanship. Obtaining her private pilots licence at the age of 21 and looking for ways to keep involved with aeroplanes, Louise first went to work in the airline industry. Using her technical skills from flying an aeroplane, Louise worked as an aircraft load planner for many years on 747’s and DC10 aircraft. From those very exciting and fulfilling years, Louise travelled to Europe and worked in other areas of airport operations from frontline customer service and baggage services, before returning to Australia in the early nineties where she took on two new airline projects. Starting up operations for two new trans-Tasman airlines in Australia, Louise set up and created effective airport operations systems with both airlines Australia wide. Her role included setting up the offices, hiring and training of staff and creating all the working systems to ensure smooth day to day operations.

Andrea Westwood

Andrea has spent over 10 years helping organisations change and grow their businesses through transforming their people. Beginning her working life as a microbiologist, she moved into medical and pharmaceutical roles in marketing, sales and customer service management. She worked on customer service projects for two major pharmaceutical companies in Australia, the result of which was instrumental in both of them receiving the Australian Quality Award. Since leaving the pharma industry, and setting up her own consulting and coaching business, she has worked in Australia, Singapore, India and HK Much of her recent work has been with finance companies; engaging with senior leaders in culture change initiatives. Andrea’s key areas of influence are:

  • Staff engagement
  • Leadership development
  • Team building
  • Strategic thinking
  • Whole Brained organisations
  • Program/project management and delivery
  • Executive coaching

Our Programs

Are you a champion team or a team of champions? Most organisations have good teams, but what does it take to make a champion team? Well, the answer is not a team of champions.

It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part. A champion team is one that produces extraordinary results through:

  • Respect and trust for all the members to do the job they need to do
  • Understanding each other’s “fallback patterns” and supporting each other to overcome them
  • Valuing the strengths of each individual and enabling them to do their job
  • Not being afraid to ask each other for help, and share their vulnerabilities
  • Understanding that the strength of a common purpose unites them
  • Displaying both openness and willingness to frankly air differences
  • Agreeing on common goals, and are not relying only on the strongest member of the team
  • Displaying cooperation and collaboration, both within the team and also with other teams and stakeholders

So, ask yourself – do you have a champion team? Contact us to see how we can help you build a team that learns how to value each other, face confrontation honestly and honourably, and co-operate with each other to achieve astounding outcomes.

Authentic Leadership is much discussed, poorly understood and harder to develop. Today’s organisation operates in a global world competing for limited skills resources, trying to do more with less to cut costs. This creates task focused mindsets that produce more stress and less elegant results.

As leader, you will influence the mood, culture, and performance of your organisation – not by what you say, but what you do and how you do it. Leaders need to communicate the vision for the organisation, set the tone, and inspire achievement through building confidence for others. Words constitute only 7% of what people receive, the rest is non-verbal: tone of voice, body language. Do you know what your body language and tone of voice is, and what it communicates?

Our six month coaching programme provides the ideal opportunity to find out. Working in six three hour intensive sessions with the horses, you will receive honest, non-judgmental feedback on how you are communicating.

Are you communicating with clarity, purpose, trustworthiness and respect? Each session gives you feedback, and allows you to connect more authentically in a discreet environment where you can change your approach and experiment. The sessions are designed to help:

  • Read others accurately
  • Understand the message that you are communicating with non-verbal signals
  • Develop clarity and purpose with your communication
  • Manage your own emotions as well as others’
  • Master assertiveness without aggression
  • Develop empathy towards yourself as well as others

Between each session you will receive ongoing follow up and support as you find the Authentic Leader within.

The modern organisation is under more pressure than ever before; downsizing, global economics, increasing competition in an increasingly global and wired world. People in organisations no longer have time to reflect, to unwind, to think creatively. They are spending their “free” time to check emails, fret about the tasks left undone and plan for the next day without even having “quality” time for themselves.

Some people thrive on this. Most people don’t. To lead others, requires us to lead ourselves first. Do you have the resilience, focus, and clarity to lead with authority? Our self leadership workshops show people how to discover the authentic self, and act with clarity and purpose to achieve our goals.

Our horses help you to develop your innate capabilities and overcome the fears that limit your potential. Through working with our horses, you will understand how to face your self-limiting beliefs and practice a different way of managing yourself and your energy which you will be able to take back to your workplace.

You will learn the elements of emotional intelligence in self leadership:

  • Emotional awareness; you will discover your default patterns and practice more effective ones
  • Emotional reasoning; you will learn how to incorporate feelings into your planning process so you can create more effective outcomes
  • Emotional management; you will understand how you manage your feelings and develop ways of managing that will lead to more effective outcomes in interactions with others
  • Emotional control; you will learn how to control your emotions in a way that acknowledges them in a healthy way, and allows you to deal with conflict effectively and assertively

These skills provide the foundation of authentic leadership – call us and step up to a new way of leading.