Is Authenticity Leading?


On CBS Sunday Morning, I heard Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella say, “empathy & compassion are business essentials.” Essentials.  When you consider the 4 domains of Emotional Intelligence—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management—you can understand how empathy and compassion are essential. They are skills and behaviors that you can develop and each team member can develop.

Why is it important? Our brains are wired to connect and according to Matthew D. Lieberman, director of UCLA’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab, connection “is actually profoundly important to our survival.” No we’re not in the wilds, so not that kind of survival. But imagine your team‘s critical project. Is it going well? If not, it is perhaps a lack of connection. Or as a study by Google discovered, a major cause for project failure is lack of “alignment”. No surprise considering Lieberman’s research.

So how are you at connecting? Do you get the response you expect from your interactions with others? How can you learn if you are showing up in an authentic way when you are trying to show empathy and compassion? First you must be in alignment with your three centers of intelligence-the head, heart and gut. Limbic Resonance. Wikipedia defines “Limbic resonance is the idea that the capacity for sharing deep emotional states arises from the limbic system of the brain.[1] These states include the dopamine circuit-promoted feelings of empathic harmony, and the norepinephrine circuit-originated emotional states of fear, anxiety and anger.” And your team members can feel if you are not in alignment, in-authentic—it’s essential.

If you and your team and leaders are ready to raise your awareness of your levels of empathy and compassion that contribute to alignment, let the horses teach you at The Horse Course. You will receive immediate, precise, honest feedback about how you come across to others and to them.

Horses Never Lie


EI. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrases in the last decades and some may be familiar with what it means. But sometimes understanding how to “be” emotionally intelligent is a little vague. Let me illustrate through another context with a quote I read on Facebook. “When working with horses, good advice is if you are annoyed, frustrated, angry, you are no longer ‘training’.” The same applies to managing and leading!

When you can keep a cool head, be self-aware, while communicating you will demonstrate more “EI” or “emotional effectiveness,” according to Cathy Morris, EQ-I 2.0 trainer in Austin. You can learn and test yourself just being around horses, first. They are even more sensitive than your employees, since they are prey animals and ever tuned to their environment. Horses are being used to teach medical students to increase the students’ sensitivity with their patients. Horses are “transparent and honest” according to Stanford Medicine News Center. And as Mark Rashid says, “Horses never lie.” Humans are often less self aware of their demeanor, attitude, and feelings than the horses detect. You can learn from the horses feedback while interacting with them at our experiential, interactive team and leadership course.

If you're interested in experiencing this first hand, come join us for one of our demos this spring: - you're welcome to attend on your own, and if you think it might be a good fit for your team you can talk with me afterwards about booking a custom session.

Do You Have Learning Agility?


According to Korn Ferry International and other leading consulting firms, learning agilityis a top predictor of success potential in business. The collective definition says an agile learner is one who can adapt to changes in the world, solve complex problems and lead their organizations in being able to adjust quickly. Agile and successful leaders let go of patterns that no longer serve them or their companies. That may be you already. Or not. Do you know how you learn? Do you know how to improve your learning agility?

The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) helps you know how you learn and coaching assists you in capitalizing on your natural abilities. “Assessments of Natural Abilities require PERFORMANCE of virtual worksamples that test abilities and report the level of the test‐taker’s performance in that ability.” Worksamples measure your abilities very differently than responses you find in pre-determined personality profiles. Please don’t confuse the two as they are very different.

Your reasoning abilities, learning abilities and your personal style, are measured through The Highlands Ability Battery. HAB measures such core human aptitudes as visual speed and accuracy; ability to work with numbers and designs; inductive reasoning; analytical reasoning; idea flow; verbal aptitude; structural visualization; musical aptitude; and several applications of memory. When different abilities are combined, you have indicators of occupational success in many areas.

When you are ready to know your abilities and increase your learning agility for current or future career success, contact me at or visit for more information.