Horse Sense at Work: Harnessing the Power of the Herd

Horse Inspired Wisdom to Revolutionize Our Careers, Relationships and Communities

with Linda Kohanov, author of The Power of the Herd: A Nonpreditory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership and Innovation

Monday, June 17, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NCNM Room 107 & Annex


In The Power of the Herd, Linda looks at traditional herding cultures where tribes must manage large groups of powerful animals without the benefit of fences. Master Herders employ a sophisticated understanding of leadership and group cohesion as they move through seasonal grazing lands, facing predators, and dealing with changing climates/resources along the way. This knowledge, virtually lost to modern “civilized” leaders, is based on the little-known fact that among cattle and horses, the herd leader and the herd dominant are often different animals. Furthermore, group coordination and solidarity are reinforced through acts of daily acts of companionship and nurturing.

“Nurturers, companions, leaders, and dominants are all crucial to herd cohesiveness,” Linda writes. “Members tend to play more than one role, though rarely all four. The thing about being human among animals ten times your size is that you really do need to perform all of these roles well to become a Master Herder, especially in the great unfenced backcountry where freedom abides.”

In this One-Day Workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Employ the roles of Leader, Dominant, and Nurturer/Companion.

  • Help others manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change or competition.

  • Recognize the antiquated, often unconscious power plays that people engage in regardless of culture, religion, nationality, or social status.

  • Respond powerfully--and more productively---to these “Stone Age Power Tools.”

  • Use your own body as a “sensing device” capable of reading others’ unspoken moods/concerns.

  • Use emotions as information in professional settings (without, ironically, discussing the emotions themselves).

  • Recognize the difference between predatory and nonpredatory power, understanding when and how to use both effectively.

  • Turn “difficult conversations” into trust-building opportunities.

  • Set boundaries with aggressive, and passive aggressive, people in ways that create mutually respectful relationships.

Linda Kohanov is also presenting at a workshop for health and mental health care professionals seeking a new and innovative approach to improving relationships and care with patients and clients impacted by trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Trauma: Tools for the Clinician - Informed by the Wisdom of the Horse

June 15, 2013
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NCNM Annex

Presenters: Linda Kohanov, Willow Moore, DC, ND & Lauren Loos, MA, LPC
Professional CEU application in process

About Horse Sense & Linda Kohanov

Horse sense is “practical wisdom combined with gumption and intuition.” But it also describes the nonverbal interpersonal genius great riders develop through interacting with these powerful animals. Scientists have shown that even during human interpersonal interactions, only about 10 percent of communication is verbal. Someone with horse sense processes information coming from that elusive “other 90 percent,” while being able to calm, focus, and motivate others effectively.

People these days are more likely to talk about “leadership presence,” which is also primarily a nonverbal phenomenon. In her new book The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation, best-selling author Linda Kohanov shows that a surprisingly high number of history’s most successful leaders were accomplished riders,including Alexander the Great, the Buddha, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, George Washington, Katherine the Great, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan. Regardless of policy and agenda, these people exhibited exceptional poise under pressure, clarity of intention, courage, conviction, and charisma. They motivated horses and people alike to transcend basic survival instincts and endure significant
discomfort or uncertainty to face incredible odds in service to ambitious goals.

Linda is an author,speaker,educator and horse professional who has become an internationally-recognized innovator in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning and leadership development.Through twenty years of intense research—and practical experience teaching people advanced human development skills through working with horses—Linda has isolated key emotional and social intelligence skills that great leaders previously obtained accidentally through a combination of talent and years spent on horseback. She and her specially-trained instructors worldwide have developed ways of helping people hone advanced nonverbal leadership skills through safe, non-riding horse activities.

Most recently, Linda has also perfected ways of teaching many of these skills indoors. The Twelve Power of the Herd Guiding Principles featured in her new book are immediately translatable to the workplace, home, school, church, and in political and social activism contexts where socially intelligent leaders must inspire others to work together toward a common goal, helping people move efficiently through conflict and build stellar teams of creative, empowered individuals.



Special group rates are available. Contact for details.

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