Balance of Power: Leading Change in an Unpredictable World
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One-Day Seminar — Facilitated by Linda Kohanov and Shari Montana
Learn a nature-based approach to leadership that transforms aggression, builds trust, empowers people, and inspires them to work together for a better future.
When: Friday, September 29, 2017
Where: MontanaQuest EGS & Horse Sanctuary • River Pines Farm • 120 River Pines Road • Missoula, Montana 59804
Hours: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Cost: $150 — Includes lunch and materials
Local Contact: Shari Montana • email@example.com • 406-207-6105
For Assistance Registering Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • 520-455-5908
In this powerful one-day workshop, bestselling author Linda Kohanov shares compelling insights and practical tools from her 2016 book The Five Roles of a Mastery Herder. This innovative model—based on an ancient source of wisdom—offers a much-needed perspective on how free, empowered people can navigate continuously changing social and economic climates.
Linda’s fifth book draws on the time-tested practices of traditional herding cultures where tribes must manage large groups of powerful animals without the benefit of fences and very little reliance on restraints. Master Herders exhibit 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, even when humans are not involved. Furthermore, group coordination and solidarity are reinforced through companionship, nurturing, and sentinel-related activities.
“Leaders, Dominants, Sentinels and Nurturer/Companions are all crucial to herd cohesiveness,” Linda writes. “The animals themselves tend to play more than one role, though few are fluent in all the roles. The thing about being human among herbivores ten times your size is that you really do need to perform all these roles well to become a Master Herder, especially in the great unfenced back-country where freedom abides. Humans also need to separate predatory power from the other four roles. When used consciously and judiciously, the Predator role keeps life in balance with available resources. But for the most part, it is important to employ the Dominant, Leader, Sentinel and Nurturer/Companion roles in their non-predatory forms.”
Linda’s professional clients include Nike, Raytheon, and Chubb Insurance, as well as a number of credit unions and social service agencies. She has also taught this model at universities and conferences throughout the US and Europe. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you know how to employ all of these roles,” she says. “Understanding the differences between these ‘power tools,’ and how to combine them has been a revelation to leaders, teachers, parents, clergy; basically anyone interested in accessing the greener pastures of humanity’s own untapped potential.”
The Balance of Power workshop explores the strengths and challenges of all five roles, in part through engaging demonstrations with horses, showing how people can take these skills back to the human world. No horse experience, or previous interest in horses, is necessary. You will:
- Take the Master Herder Professional Assessment and receive coaching in how to interpret the results.
- Discover the benefits and challenges of each role, as well as why balancing all five the roles is necessary to success in your personal as well as professional life.
- Learn innovative skills for handling conflict and for motivating and empowering others.
This workshop offers innovative tools for executives, managers, and coaches, as well as people who work in non-profit, social service, political and community- based organizations. Equestrians will explore the advantages of employing this model with horses. Parents and teachers will discover the benefits of balancing all five roles in working with and caring for children of all ages.