Denise Hartley-Wilkins becomes an ECD Certified Consultant

proelephantrider Jun 10, 2022

A huge congratulations to Denise Hartley-Wilkins CFHRNZ, ICF ACC, MCIPD for completing the ECD Pro Elephant Rider Programme and officially becoming our latest ECD Certified Consultant!

It was such a pleasure to work with Denise over the last four months. he's an absolute inspiration to us all.

Denise designed two brand new ways to use The ECD! She's designed an ECD Exploring Change Workshop to help teams navigate change. Plus she designed a way to approach relationship conflict using The ECD which helps brings two people in conflict together to learn from each other and map a way forwards.

We're blown away by Deinsie creativity and courage to tackle discomfort and the unknown with our game.

We asked Denise what would you say to someone who was considering applying to become a Pro Elephant Rider. She said...

"Do it. Talk to a Pro Elephant Rider to understand what is involved. Be clear around your 'why' of why you want to do the programme. This is not a tick box exercise. There is...

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ECD Have a Play Workshop – Register now

For Leaders who care about humanising the workplace. Come and have a play with The Emotional Culture Deck. 

In this highly interactive and hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to use the Emotional Culture Deck in four key areas we believe are essential to successful leadership: Effective Team Check-ins; Human-centred leadership development; Leading Change; and Impactful Stakeholder relationships.

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
July 19th, 9 am-1 pm.
Presented by
Master Elephant Rider, Lotty Roberts
20 Spots Available
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We've teamed up with Master Elephant Rider Lotty Roberts to design a new half-day ECD workshop aimed at leaders who care about humanising the workplace and are keen to explore beautiful leadership questions and embrace f-word conversations.

Come and have a play with The Emotional Culture Deck. This is a highly...

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Fr@nk Innovation & Transformation uses The ECD to create positive work environments.

Erika Barden is a trusted Agile advisor to Executive and Senior Leadership teams across New Zealand. As Head of Transformation for Fr@nk Innovation & Transformation, Erika works across multiple sectors and loves how the ECD enables safe, powerful conversations which are relevant to everyone in every industry.

In a nutshell, Erika is passionate about people and positive work environments, and is really looking forward to being able to facilitate some face-to-face ECD workshops soon!

A (non-creepy) follower of Jeremy and his work for a number of years, Erika became an Elephant Rider during the Covid lockdown last October.

She has since facilitated a dozen Emotional Culture Deck workshops which have all been remote – other than the session she ran with her kids around their kitchen table.

Watch the video below to learn about how Erika uses The ECD to help create positive work environments.

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Australian Not for Profit Childcare Provider & The ECD

With over 650 centres, Goodstart Early Learning is the largest not-for-profit childcare provider in Australia. Its purpose is to ensure children have the learning, development and wellbeing outcomes they need for school and life.

Claire (National Lead for Coaching) and Anna (People & Performance Learning Partner) are supporting Goodstart to fulfil its purpose by focusing on how Goodstarters feel at work.

Watch the video below of how Claire and Anna have worked with various centre teams, centre support teams, and the Goodstart Leadership Team to craft the emotional culture required to truly best serve the children in our centres and each other.

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R&E 1:2:1 Newsletter – April Edition

r&e 1:2:1 newsletter Apr 30, 2022

Check out our April Edition of the R&E 1:2:1 Newsletter from R&E Founder Jeremy Dean.

It's your ultimate monthly guide to more human workplaces. This broadcast goes out to over 20,000 other leaders like you around the world who are interested in simple ways to humanise the workplace.

Click here to read the newsletter now >

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ECD Family Canvas Prototype

ecd for families Apr 21, 2022

We've teamed up with Emma-Kate Woodham, from The Brain Garden Trust to design a prototype ECD canvas.

The ECD Family Canvas helps guardians and children come together as a family and express what they need to be at their best.

Click here to download the prototype canvas and have a play. 

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Change and the F-word. How to navigate emotional change.

change Apr 18, 2022

Check out the highlights of our ECD Conversation with Master Elephant Rider, Lotty Roberts, about how to navigate emotional change in the workplace. Learn how you can use the Emotional Culture Deck to guide your change journey.

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R&E 1:2:1 Newsletter – March Edition

r&e 1:2:1 newsletter Mar 31, 2022

Check out our March Edition of the riders&elephants 1:2:1 Newsletter from R&E Founder Jeremy Dean.

It's your ultimate monthly guide to more human workplaces. This broadcast goes out to over 20,000 other leaders like you around the world who are interested in simple ways to humanise the workplace.

Click here to read the newsletter now >

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ECD Te reo Edition Prototype

ecd Mar 30, 2022

We're excited to share our ECD Te reo Edition Prototype with you all. 

Click here to download The ECD Te reo Edition Prototype.

This is not the finished artefact. But it's the beginning of something we hope will evolve as we get more feedback from people who test it and use it with their people.

 People have asked who we worked with on this translation. 

The translation was done in partnership with Ocean Design and Te Kaitaupua / Māori Design Consultant Anthony Tipene-Matua (Rangitane, Kahungunu, Kai Tahu).

When you use and test this prototype, please keep these things in mind:

1. At this stage we have only translated the feeling cards of our game. We're still exploring how we translate more parts of the game.

2. Not every English emotion word has a Te Reo equivalent. So, in many cases, we tried to use a word that captures the spirit. People will have different opinions about what's the best label. This is a good thing and we welcome any feedback and...

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Emotional Leadership Ep 4: Mat Kearney, Inside Consulting


Mat Kearney is a partner of Inside Consulting.

He believes good leadership is about caring for people and care for performance.

There should be an equal amount of care for our people's health and wellbeing and the care for the performance of the organisation.

Emotional leadership is all about the awareness of the importance of emotions – acknowledging the impact of for the individual and collective.

Using that emotional awareness and understanding to positively shape the culture of the team in a deliberate and intentional way

Mat beloieves being a leader who is connected to emotions, and understanding the importance of emotion means we can earn trust and respect and create a connection on a deeper level.  


Want to learn more and try the ECD for free?

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