Equine Based “Absolute Presence” Leadership …
Funny how life works…
My poor angels were browbeaten for such a long time with story and Hollywood and rare entrepreneurial tracks that when my heart wandered back to thoughts of the great equine beasts that occupied my life utterly until I lost the one of thousands that mattered, these angels began to outdo themselves. Perhaps they’re relieved to be back in familiar territory.
I wonder if perhaps this credit is somewhat due by association with my darling Dodger… the consummate problem horse whom even an olympic gold medalist found too challenging to ride, and my partner for nearly 20 years. Because of him, and many thousand thoroughbreds in Kentucky and France…, a hefty ongoing dose of humility and some sort of unexplainable invisible velcro on my seat and saddle… I gained a profound understanding of the power of body language, of the subtleties of anticipation and of communication of limitations, real or perceived. I also know that through the real partnership with a horse, one must understand grander things, like loyalty, like trust… and consideration of the way a being exists in it’s natural state – without me… Asking for excellence while appealing to those three things are the true elements of foundation, and gives ground for the engagement and blossoming of real talent. It’s from this notion that the structured approach to elevated leadership called Absolute Presence was born. This rather odd and extremely powerful and fresh approach to business, leadership and personal development has become the cornerstone of all that I do.
Done right, it’s power comes from leveraging awe.
It sprung from watching the transition of one amazing young woman shift the entire course of her life by shifting her concern to the Arabian stallion she was riding… It happened in the beat of a single canter stride and I was able to recognize the moment because of this lifelong work with horses and birds of prey.
The way of thinking behind that moment evolved into a system that has proven since then to have consistent, extraordinary and completely unique impact in business and performance, but most powerfully so with leadership.