Take The Lead – principles to engage, empower and enable employees.

Where employee engagement is concerned -we’re like a dog with a bone and this is how participants will feel after a workshop with Pawz4Thought facilitators covering the topic of CLEAN communication.

To be at their most effective and to ensure they work efficiently, organisations need their work force to be fully engaged. This can only be achieved if employees are suitably enabled and empowered to handle their work with minimum external or management support. This workshop will explore the links between leadership and engagement. Using Pawz4Thought, participants will have the opportunity to observe experts in the field – a professional dog handler and shining star King Harry  – and discuss the impact of leadership on different communication styles.

The role of the Manager

Managers need well developed skills to lead and encourage their teams, guiding them on the correct path without making the individuals dependant upon their input. This unique and memorable workshop considers the manager’s role as a coach and mentor to their staff. It considers how management style will determine whether employees are able, and willing, to work autonomously or if they will remain dependant upon their supervisor’s input at every turn. The workshop also considers the environmental conditions that are necessary to engage individuals and help them to think for themselves.

Who is it for? 

Managers with responsibilities for others.


Using parallels with professional dog trainers and their dogs, this workshop explores how coaching principles can be applied to increase employee engagement and avoid employee dependency. Taking place at Pitt Hall Barn, a working farm in Hampshire, the workshop will:

  • demonstrate the techniques used when training dogs to perform in obedience shows
  • discuss the difference between coaching & mentoring in the working environment
  • highlight the significance of recognising performance and how rewarding performance means something more than praise
  • learn the principles of  CLEAN communication for empowering and enabling others using a ‘less is more approach’.
  • consider the impact of unique behavioural styles when coaching individuals
  • recognise the impact of environmental conditions on the individual

Within the workshop our facilitator will introduce CLEAN communication. This concept will be explained and a tool will be provided that will help prompt action planning for each individual after the event. We will also explain how Angela Watson UK Coaching and Training Consultancy could help you develop a coaching culture in your organisation after the event.

Why Dogs?

To help attendees understand and recall the key topics covered, each will have the opportunity to observe a real dog and handler demonstrating the impact of clear communication and good leadership.

Through activities, presentations and discussions, managers will have the opportunity to consider their own management style and that of their company. They will be able to exchange ideas and experiences with peers to develop a strategy for the future.

There are no prerequisites for this course.


To discuss this seminar in more detail please get in touch via the ‘contact’ form.

Date: On request

Location: Hampshire

Price: £250

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