Leading Naturally: herding many sheep, horses or reindeer
A unique experience of nature and adventure with added value for the team. When you take 1,500 sheep or reindeer or 200 horses to new pastures, you will experience yourself and the team anew. What is getting lost in the digital world comes alive here: charisma, natural authority, intuition, communication, the balance of determination and letting go, relying on others, empathy.
For millions of years, animals and humans formed a unity and impacted each other. Even if we live differently today, the evolutionary imprint is still there and active at an unconscious level. At our events you are getting very close to nature and our human origins.
The team is becoming a strong and tightly-knit unit after a short time. The weak links of the team are immediately uncovered because the animals will use any chance and give honest feedback about the team performance. If the team fails at any point, the animals are running away or getting out of control. In breaks during the event, when the animals and we are resting, we talk about what went well and what needs further improvement. The learning curve is extremely steep. Mistakes are made only once. Otherwise the animals can be searched in the forest.
You will move herd the animals on foot, on eBike, SUV or snowmobile. The sheep herding can take place all over Germany, the herding of horses near Hamburg or Sylt, reindeer herding of course only in Lapland.
What one person does not achieve, many can together! Staying behind and letting others do the work, doesn’t work here. Gaps in teamwork are immediately visible. Because that’s were the animals are running away. Cause and effect are super obvious. You can build on that.
Someone has to take the first step, jump into the cold and take responsibility for the whole. A busy and hectic back-and-forth turns into a continuous forward movement when you're walking with the animals instead of against them. Thanks to effective leadership everyone knows what's at stake and is doing the right thing.
Nature is alive and can not be planned. Whenever we think we know everything and just need to run down our algorithm, something completely unforeseen happens. Flexibility and ad hoc responsibility beat rigid hierarchies and well-established patterns.