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Close Up Radio Spotlights Joanna Barclay of Culture Leadership Group

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Ottawa, ON – Joanna Barclay is the founder, and CEO of Culture Leadership Group, a leadership consultant, organizational culture change expert, global speaker and author of Conscious Culture: How to Build a High Performing Workplace Through Values, Ethics and Leadership. Conscious Culture captures over three decades of experience in business and leadership transformation.

Joanna is an advocate for Conscious Culture. In a conscious culture, leaders pay attention to the well-being of the people, how engaged they are, and empower employees to bring their full selves into work. In this kind of engaged environment, retention and burnout cease to be an issue because employees are energized and passionate about their work.

With more than three decades of experience in business transformation with leadership and teams, Joanna has developed a program called Conscious Leadership with Horses, in which horses serve as co-facilitators.

“I have horses in my blood, so it was a calling from my soul to become an equine facilitator,” says Joanna. ““The program gives leaders an opportunity to connect with the horse. Through this connection, they understand what it really means to lead in a relational way, building connection and trust.”

Leaders are really good when it comes to anything above the neck, says Joanna, and disconnect from what's happening in their body, their emotions, because of the challenges of leading. In the presence of horses, however, Joanna says people are almost automatically connected in their bodies.

“Equine facilitated learning is experiential learning,” explains Joanna. “More can happen in a day with a horse than months of talk therapy.”

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