there's always another way

Leadership, teamwork, and creativity, if you get them right you'll realise that, however hard things get, there's always another way. Without them all you have is the obvious or the outdated; you're a machine following someone else's path stuck inside the limits of other people's imaginations. With them you have limitless possibilities, endless resources, and infinite energy. 

Solve problems, see opportunities before anyone else, embrace change, and stay one step ahead. 

The right support at the right time in the right place

Before we get into the details of what it means to have a strong relationship with creativity, and the leadership and teamwork dynanics that can sustain it, it might be helpful to think about how we can fit in to your world. All our clients are different and no two pieces of work are exactly the same, but to make things a little easier we broadly describe how we work in three ways; Build, Blend, and Boost. 

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Real change doesn't happen overnight, you have to work on it. So we offer our services in bite sized chunks on a monthly or weekly basis. We come to you, fit into your daily schedule, and each bite sized session builds on the last. We even provide extra support, and bonus content between sessions so you can keep building your relationship with creativity and make it part of your culture. 

Most businesses have a calendar of people development, networking, and team building activities so we've designed our services to slot right in. Half day, full day, or multi day workshops to give you a jump start on your journey. Our clients find that the active, play focused workshops we run helps make learning, mingling, and bonding easier and more fun. 

Maybe there's a pitch you just can't lose or a new product launch that you have to get right, or perhaps you're beginning a project and you need your team to live a creative, collaborative culture right from day one. These mission critical moments are too important to leave to chance which is why we work with you to build that culture fast and make sure you get the outcome you need. 

LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, & CREATIVITY: THREE SIDES OF THE SAME ODDLY SHAPED COIN

There's one thing that leadership, teamwork, and creativity all have in common, they aren't about what you know, they're about how you relate. 

Consider creativity, there is no correlation between how much you know about creativity and how much creativity you express. Just think about it, who are the most creative people in the world? That's right, children. And children have, by and large, not attended many seminars on creativity techniques. 

So what makes children so creative? It's not what they know about creativity, it's how they relate to the world. How they relate to creativity. 

Children relate to creativity with curiosity, playfulness, a willingness to learn and to be wrong. But as we get older we begin to relate to creativity with fear, stress, and guilt. We start to develop powerful aversions to the state of not knowing, feel compelled to close down questions quickly or always appear in control. 

These beliefs, behaviours, and attitudes creep in slowly; we don't even notice it happening. Before we know it the creative genius we once were seems like a distant memory. 

But is that person really gone? 

We know that given the right support we can all rediscover that creative genius within us. That's what Sabre Tooth Panda is all about; helping you rebuild that strong relationship with creativity. 

The same is true for leadership and teamwork; processes, tools, tricks and techniques are all well and good, and we can teach you some of them if you like, but they're means to an end - developing a deeper understanding of yourself. The journey never ends, but you can start at any time. 

The Sabre Tooth Panda® Process

Whether it's one person, a team of twenty, or a company of a twenty thousand, exploring how you relate to leadership, teamwork, and creativity, follows the same three steps. 

1. Experience: direct experience of how you relate to leadership, teamwork, and creativity is the only way to begin, and it leads to immediate, automatic self correction.

2. Reflect: by reflecting on our experiences we deepen the learning and find new avenues to explore.

3. Share: collectively sharing our experiences helps to extend the learning and strengthen the shared culture.

The joy of such a simple process is that you can start small and see instant improvement in a single session. You're on a journey with no definite end but, at the same time, you're never lost. We call this instant change, gradually. Just by placing the right kind of attention on the problem to solve you increase your awareness and begin to self correct. It's hard work, but we make it fun. That's the Hard Not Complicated promise. 

The Tools of the Trade

Everything we do works through a combination of play, coaching, and mindfulness.

  1. Play: when you first began to learn it was through play; mimicry, make believe, role-play, simulation. You explored virtual realities to have experiences that were real, but somehow not part of real life. We use play to tap into that clear, joyful, elemental learning mind. 
  2. Coaching: like play, coaching creates a unique opportunity to explore questions and challenges. It's like a guided tour of your own beliefs, habits, and assumptions.
  3. Mindfulness: from simple breathing meditations to visualisations and mindful activities, moments of mindfulness are often when the penny drops and we achieve the clarity we've been looking for.

In practice these approaches mingle into one another. Coaching can support play, play can be mindful, and mindfulness can be playful! The magic is in how we combine these tools to help you and your team explore and leadership, teamwork, and creativity in a way that delivers powerful results. 

 

a bit more about our tools

Theory is all well and good but what might this look like for you? Below you'll find some more detailed examples. 

Play:

No Wrong Answers is a product that our clients love - a simple team based game that you can play as part of a larger day of learning and development, use as a networking or team building activity, or apply to project kick-off events. 

Teams of between three and six players compete to come up with the most unexpected and innovative answers to a series of hypothetical challenges like: 

  • How could you make use of half a million cans of glow in the dark shaving foam that nobody wants to buy? 
  • What new global conspiracy theory could you invent to drive more listeners to your shock-jock radio show?
  • Combine two old movie franchises to create a new cross-over blockbuster aimed at people with
     

Getting Comfy with Chaos draws on improvisational theatre and role play. Players take part in a range of dynamic games, followed by periods of reflecting and sharing of insights. 

It's great as anything from a couple of hours to a full day deep dive, on site or away from the office at one of a range of inspiring venues. 

  • This works with small groups for intensive insights or large groups when you're looking to kick off a department wide conversation 
  • Insights from the games are captured to feed into ongoing projects or to enhance personal development plans 
  • Barriers are broken down, challenges that are too hard to approach directly can be tackled indirectly through play 

Coaching:

Nothing helps you think, either as a group or on your own, better than being listened to. When we coach teams and individuals we provide the kind of focused, active listening that few experience in their lives. We help you to think together, which in turn helps you to solve the problems you share. 

In coaching you are the focus. There is no need to perform for our impress your coach, no pressure to appear strong or know all the answers. Your coach exists entirely to enable you to explore your situation, make and remain true to your own plans. 

When paired with the play experiences described above, coaching helps to capture and put into action profound insights that can transform performance today and for years to come. 

Mindfulness:

for Sabre Tooth Panda mindfulness is the fabric that connects everything we do. What we experience in play, what we explore in coaching, is only useful if we can see it for what it is. Mindfulness, far from being a passive, introspective activity, is a tool for seeing the world and yourself in high definition. 

We train various mindfulness techniques from simple breathing exercises to visualisations, and mindful activities.

  • Meditating on embodied emotions is a powerful way to learn to interpret our emotional guidance system, gifted to us by millions of years of evolution to help us find the way when our thinking minds are overwhelmed 
  • Recognising and labelling thoughts and feelings helps us to see that we are not our thoughts and feelings; when we stop identifying with these fleeting moments we can see greater potential for and learn to embrace change
  • Training the mind to be present, aware of and ready to respond fluidly to new opportunities as they arise, is the path to achieving the beginner mind that so many talk about but so few really understand 

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