Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) offers an exciting approach to corporate team building through work with horses. All over the world companies big & small are motivating their teams through this type of unique experience. This approach offers a hands-on experiential way of learning that gives participants the opportunity to learn in a natural way, encouraging reflection & creative insights. While engaging with the herd, participants are offered the opportunity to explore how important it can be for a group to work well together as a team. Rather than the old model of ‘competition,’ horses help people see that, through communication, cooperation & compromise we can all reach our goals.
N.E.A.T. staff participate as ‘facilitators.’ We may offer explanations or guidance, but the horses are the teachers. The activities are designed to develop problem-solving skills that encourage participants to work together, as a team, to achieve positive results. The activities are also designed to get your team to think together, resolve conflict together, generate possibilities together, inspire each other, trust one another & maintain accountability together.
Likewise, N.E.A.T. believes that leadership is a skill developed through being comfortable exploring & experiencing unique & sometimes challenging situations. Leadership is not about your position, job title or intelligence. It’s about how you present yourself & about the way others see you. This is how horses in the wild survive!
Leadership is a commitment to authenticity, integrity, curiosity, trust, reliability & your ability to see the possibilities. Most importantly, it is the ability to sense underlying motivations & how you relate to others. Let’s face it, if no one will follow you, you really are not a leader! A good leader not only has to have great job skills, but they also need to be open to learning new skills & new ways of thinking so that they are prepared for whatever the future may bring. Horses do this every day in the wild.
Because this is such a unique experience, work with horses creates a lasting impression that helps participants remember the training for far longer than just sitting in a classroom. ‘What you learn is great, but it is what you remember that will last a lifetime!’
Specific themes directly relevant to your team or group of leaders can be custom designed into the program. Some common topics include:
- Develop each leader’s style & unique contribution to the whole
- Create a sense of meaning & purpose at work
- Refine team goals & encourage team alignment
- Improve communication & coordination practices
- Nourish creativity & new ways of thinking
- Increase customer satisfaction (internally & externally)
- Develop accountability & collaborative action
- Build team spirit & possibility
- Honor emotional intelligence & nonverbal communication skills
- Enhance project cycles & feedback loops
- Reveal the power of focusing on results
- Develop trust & team alignment
- Creating new strategies for success & fulfillment
N.E.A.T. is optimally located 20 mins. south of Reno & 10 mins. north of Carson off I-580. We are ready to work with you to create a program that will meet your specific goals for moving your team & organization leaders to the next level. Call or email & we will sit down with you to discuss the possibilities.