If you know anything about me, you know that horses are one of my passions, largely because I believe that the human-horse partnership presents tremendous learning opportunities for personal and business growth. I have recently earned an E3A Practitioner certification from the Equine Experiential Education Association, a leading international professional membership organization that provides training, certification and resources in this area.
Experiential learning is a highly-researched area of education, supported by decades of scientific inquiry. The theories are applied in programs in every kind of learning situation, from Ivy League business schools to state colleges, and even medical schools.
IMS is launching a new experiential learning platform for clients who want to level up their estate planning and elder law firms. The ideal client for this service will be the one who is implementing new systems, managing the transition to a new practice area, or stuck at a growth development level and struggling to push through.
During decades of experience working with law firms across the country, we have found that these are points where firms get stuck. The tools and tasks that bring the firms to these levels are not the ones needed to get to the next level. This requires big changes, ones that are not always obvious and not always easy to put into place. Big changes feel risky to law firm leaders. The consequences of bad decisions, big or small, could potentially put the entire practice at risk. Often, these decisions are perceived as too risky, so no changes are made, and flourishing practices stall.
Think Horse Whisperer meets Harvard MBA, and you’ve got the general idea.
By applying the experiential equine educational process to leadership training, we help our clients try out different ideas, make mistakes, learn and discover strengths and uncover sticking points without putting a million dollar-plus law firm on the line.
Here’s one brief example: when horses are confused, they throw their heads up in the air. When they understand what their next move is, they become focused and their heads are level and aligned with their feet. They can move in any direction they chose or follow directions from a leader. Humans are exactly the same way. We often can’t move forward because our focus is in the wrong place.
This will be a challenging program that teaches already highly successful adults something new, through experiences that will help clients confront their ideas and obstacles in a unique way. We’re very excited about the potential for growth for our clients, and will keep you up to date as the program develops.