Crisis management happens on a continuum: we need to be good at managing the crisis through good hazard and risk management upfront, then during the actual crisis and also create value when coming out of it

Sanny and I were part of the same certification group for the Horse Dream horse assisted education concept. I was thrilled to discover such a powerful presence and I later on invited her to join our team in Romania.

I’ve met Luis the next year and since then I never get tired of listening to how he puts things in perspective from micro to macro, from local to global, from the business world to the horse arena.

Both their professional lives and their personal experiences recommend this team for the topic of Crisis Management so I am grateful that they agreed to this interview. Thank you both!

Madalina: What makes this leadership competency of crisis management so complex?

Sanny: First of all, it’s the fact that systematically and especially in times like the ones we are currently experiencing, the ability to manage crises is particularly challenged. When in the middle of things, we usually have energy to display the competency but not to develop it. The development must happen prior to the need .

Secondly, crisis management happens on a continuum: we need to be good at managing the crisis through good hazard and risk management upfront, then during the actual crisis and also create value when coming out of it. 

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The first step to generate value from any given combination of resources is to have some understanding of how the resource looks like (what is?) and what it can do for you (what can it be useful for?) in the context of the objective you are trying to reach.

When it comes to resource management, working with horses achieves two specific objectives: a) it unravels the existing frame of reference of individuals and teams, in practice, making the outcome visible to everyone, and b) it provides the context to test and experiment with  multiple solutions to the same problem. 

Horse Assisted Education bridges the knowing with the doing in the shortest time possible while providing a context of uncertainty and complexity. You can test the impact of your decisions and actions in just a few hours rather than over a period of years. 

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