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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Master Elephant Rider – Lotty Roberts

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.” – Albert Einstein

Lotty Roberts achieved her goal of becoming the world's first Master Elephant Rider last week after completing an almost three-year journey with The Emotional Culture Deck and riders&elephants.

I first met Lotty when she flew up to Auckland to attend our ECD Masterclass in Auckland on 9th May 2019. As of today, she has conducted over 65 ECD workshops with teams internationally. 

It is simply amazing how much dedication and strength Lotty has put into her work using The ECD.

The change you have inspired with the ECD is profound. 

It may never be possible for you to truly understand the breadth and depth of your impact helping people find the words to express themselves at work, at home, at school and with the people they care deeply about. It's beyond measurable. Yet I know that doesn't...

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School Sports Team Culture Training Programme – Free Download

Sports coaches and school leaders can use the Emotional Culture Deck to foster an emotion-driven culture and increase young people's emotional and social development.

Click here to download this programme > 

Even though this program is about school sports teams, you can hack it and use it for any group of people within a school environment: a group of musical students, a group of performing arts students, a group of teachers. Even a classroom can use this to define their culture.

We've seen first-hand how this game can help young people with social-emotional learning. But there are a lot of barriers keeping schools and community groups from having this discussion. 

We feel it's our duty to use our platform and skills to help as many young people, schools and community groups as we can around the world.   

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This programme is free for anyone who works in a school as a teacher, coach, administrator, volunteer or community leader or works with...

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ECD Most Valuable Plays with Cam Mitchell

Learn from Cricket Wellington CEO, Cam Mitchell, about his approach to emotional leadership and how ECD adopters and Practitioners can get the most out of the game when working with CEOs.

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Lessons from the ECD Game Maker – Jeremy

Here's what you might not have known about The ECD. Go behind the scenes with Jeremy as he shares some of his latest insights and lessons from using The Emotional Culture Deck over the past two years. 

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How Cricket Wellington is applying the Emotional Culture Deck to its whole of cricket approach

Cricket Wellington has been playing with The Emotional Culture Deck for the past four years.

According to CEO, Cam Mitchell and General Manager Liz Green, The Emotional Culture Deck has changed so much at Cricket Wellington.

"I've never been part of a culture that's never been closer or tighter, everyone feels like they're part of something."

“The best change I've seen in the group is the vulnerability."

“Without the Deck, we wouldn’t have been as connected, and we wouldn’t know each other like we do, at every level”

“Everyone who comes in here, including our sponsors, notices that our people are engaged with focus and autonomy and that there is a positive word of mouth between players and administrators.”

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RESETTING BOUNDARIES: Cricket Wellington's Whole of Cricket Transformation

RESETTING BOUNDARIES

How Cricket Wellington is applying the Emotional Culture Deck to its whole of cricket approach

The Deck is disarming, says Jeremy, and that’s why it is so effective. It’s a fun, easy, non-threatening way to share personal stuff, especially at times of change. And that certainly proved to be the case as the Emotional Culture Deck was introduced to individuals in core teams at Cricket Wellington, then whole teams, ground staff and more.

Walk through the Basin Reserve buildings and it’s clear that this is a game that deeply values its traditions. They’ve been playing cricket here for more than 150 years …

So the arrival of Cam as CEO was something of an oddball: a professional administrator, with a background in football, brought in by the Board to right a ship that was struggling.

It didn’t take Cam long to work out that the trouble ran deeper than just the balance sheet. People were busy but the work didn’t align back...

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Emotional Culture Deck, how do I love thee...

This article is reposted from Tubi Oyson LinkedIn post herePublished on August 14, 2021

Tubi Oyston – Wellbeing specialist | Coach | Consultant | Facilitator |

It’s been about 17 months since I first connected with the Emotional Culture Deck (aka ECD, the Deck or my Beloveds), Jeremy Dean the creator, and the ever-growing Elephant and Rider community. I remember every moment - my first glimpse of the web profile, the painstaking printing, laminating and cutting out of my first deck, and my planned campaign to convince Jeremy to let me do the training even though I wasn’t an Agile coach (lucky for Jeremy it wasn’t necessary!). At 17 months and counting, I am still officially in the honeymoon period of a pure and innocent love affair – one I hope lasts a long time.

I have used the ECD concept and cards in so many ways outside of their original purpose – which tells me the quality of their design is second to none. Their...

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Dealing with BIG feelings at home with The ECD

Yesterday we received this email...

We didn’t design The ECD for families or kids. But we feel grateful and proud that so many people share stories like this with us about their experiences using the game with their kids.

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How to Set & Manage ECD Workshop Expectations

By Lotty Roberts & Steve Hargreaves

Before considering how to manage expectations, it's essential to clarify why you should emphasise expectation management upfront:

As a facilitator or consultant who may use the ECD as part of your practice, there are key benefits for paying attention to and being transparent with the client on expectations – these are:

  • The opportunity for ongoing business with a leader or team is optimised if you manage client expectations well (and maybe even exceed them).
  • The leader is more likely to recommend you and provide testimonials on you and your offering, which is the best marketing you can have. Think 'Delighted', 'Connected', 'Inspired' and 'Supported clients.
  • Not setting expectations can trigger 'disappointed', 'confused', disheartened, undesired feelings is not good for your potential for ongoing engagement with that leader or client or recommending you to others (see points above).
  • The ECD is a highly versatile tool you can use in...
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