Celebrating 1000 ECD Practitioners & Certified Consultants!

Today, our community officially reached 1,000 Elephant Riders. That means 1000 people have completed The Emotional Culture Deck Masterclass. 

We now have ECD Practitioners & ECD Certified Consultants in 36 countries around the globe . 

It's humbling to say you'll find Elephant Riders in: New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Columbia, Oman, UAE, Germany, Romania, Ireland, Netherlands, Croatia, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, India, South Africa, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Norway, Malaysia, Mauritius, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Spain, Italy, Jordan, South Korea, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, and Philippines.

The ECD is so much more than a deck of cards. 

We've unexpectedly built a global community of the most human and empathetic leaders on the planet.

Thank you to every single one of our Elephant Riders for joining us on our mission to humanise the workplace.

All of you leapt into the unknown, faced your...

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Join The ECD Online Masterclass Waitlist

Join our March ECD Online Masterclass.

Our next ECD Online Masterclass Cohort opens on March 1st, 2023. Join the waitlist now, so you don't miss out on a spot and our special BUY ONE, GIFT ONE early bird offer when registrations open. 

Click here to join the waitlist now >

Here's what some of our latest Masterclass Cohort have had to say about The Masterclass...

This course is the course to end all naysayers of emotions do not belong in the workplace. I have heard that statement for years the reality is we are all human beings and we are made of a variety of emotions we experience on a daily basis that can change from moment to moment, from each interaction we experience, this course gives us the opportunity to not only know ourselves better but also the ability to know others, to build trust and rapport with each other and build real understanding and practice empathy which creates genuine connections with people. It is all about humanizing the workplace because...

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Transformation is a decision of the heart, not the head


TRANSFORMATION IS A DECISION OF THE HEART, NOT THE HEAD - such a beautiful and insightful POV from Jeremy Dean, founder of riders&elephants in New Zealand, in this latest episode of "Let Go & Lead" with Gagen MacDonald founder Maril Gagen MacDonald.

As Maril and Jeremy discuss, the conversation around EMOTIONS has been taboo in the workplace - but emotions drive every action and decision we make.

Such a great discussion and a real call-to-arms to more explicitly have long overdue conversations about emotions with your teams. 

Watch the full onversation below.

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The Wellbeing Deck & Doctors’ Health & Wellbeing with Dr Jo Sinclair

Dr Jo Sinclair is an Anaesthetist with a career-long interest in doctors’ health and wellbeing. Since early 2020 she has been the Senior Medical Officer Wellbeing Lead at Counties Manukau Health, working with the Organisational Development Team, and is now one of two Interim Clinical Leads for Employee Wellbeing with Te Whatu Ora. She works to improve the wellbeing of healthcare workers at an organisational level, and leads several hospital-wide initiatives such as Schwartz Rounds, Stress First Aid and The Well-Being Index.

Jo has undertaken additional training in coaching and mentoring, critical incident stress management, and communication. She recently formed a small business with three medical colleagues, running wellbeing retreats for doctors, called Thriving in Medicine. Life outside of work is no less busy, with two active teens, two retired greyhounds and a long-suffering husband who is also a doctor.

Watch the case study below:

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Sole Landscapes & The Emotional Culture Deck

"I never would have expected to have operational procedures based on emotions. That was because we decide to put our people first and what they wanted to do and that came about organically from the process we went through using The Emotional Culture Deck." – Jono Sole, Managing Director Sole Landscapes.

Watch the full F-word Conversation below with Jono Sole and learn about his journey to build a high--performing and human culture built from emotions up.

Last year Sole Landscapes experienced a significant period of growth. They quickly identified they needed something to help them improve and solidify their culture.

"Our goal was to understand more about what we're about and how we can continue to develop our people. After the first day with The ECD it was immediately apparent we made the right decision to begin our journey with The ECD. It was a really rewarding day and was extremely beneficial, and the flow-on effects from what we...

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World Rugby Play The ECD


World Rugby are on a mission to grow the women’s game worldwide. ECD Qualified Practitioner, Sarah Leberman, recently facilitated a discussion with World Rugby at the High-Performance Directors Workshop about systems, equity, privilege and how we need to feel to be successful. R&E also helped Sarah and the World rugby team by supplying ECD Spanish Edition decks for some Spanish-speaking participants.  

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My inability to accept and embrace the need to slow down.


Originally posted by our founder on LinkedIn here

Five weeks ago we welcomed our second baby into our lives. Mollie came into this world via emergency c-section and joined her sister Isabella who is 14 months old. It was the most terrifying moment of my life. But I wasn’t prepared for what I was about to experience over the next five weeks.

I’ve never felt more overwhelmed, uncertain, controlled, or pressured in my working life. While my wife focused on recovering and caring for little Mollie, I had to adjust to my new reality. Giving up my old routine and rhythm of working life and instead caring for Isabella and Becky.

I struggled with this shift more than I could have imagined.

I pride myself on being prepared. But I wasn’t prepared for this.

I realised I’ve attached my identity and way of being to my work, and maybe more scarily, to the amount of work I do. Suddenly my mornings and evenings were occupied by something other than my work.

This made me feel...

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