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Courage and Spark and Gougane Barra Hotel – partnering together

Courage and Spark and Gougane Barra Hotel – partnering together

Courage and Spark and Gougane Barra Hotel – partneringtogether

Courage and Spark, practice-leaders in vertical leadershipdevelopment, are delighted and proud to be partnering with Gougane Barra Hotel.Together we hosted and delivered the first open Courage and Spark leadershipdevelopment programme in Ireland in March 2019, and have now set dates for the2020 offering, March 30th- April 3rd, 2020.

This year’s programme was a huge success reflected in thefollowing quotes from some of the participants:

“It’s been one of the biggest weeks of my life”.

“This is immense”.

“I’ve never experienced a week like this”.

“It’s revolutionary”.

“I’ve done so much development over the years, mostlyhorizontal learning, but this is the missing piece. An amazing week”.

A powerful and beautiful programme”. 

Vertical leadership development 

Who looks outside, dreams,

Who looks inside, awakens Jung 

Vertical development is the process of learning to see the world throughnew eyes and changing the interpretations and meanings we ascribe to lifeexperience. It largely requires an inside-out approach to learning, quitedifferent in nature to the outside-in horizontal method based on pouring inmore knowledge, skill-sets and expertise. Vertical development is based onreflection, awareness-raising and personal insight, and requires deeperself-examination and personal work. Inturn, this can lead to changes in perspective and an increased capacity to see,understand, empathise, and be in stronger contact with ourselves, others andthe world. 

Courageand Spark

But maybe you’re wondering about whyPeter Bluckert, the founder, called the company Courage and Spark in the firstplace? Perhaps you have a feel for it. The nature of ‘inner-work’, deeper self-exploration, is of itself a courageous act. Many people avoid it if they can,and only do it if their lives get too hot to handle. Spark? Because when peoplereally re-connect to themselves, almost like coming back to themselves; whenthey get unstuck; and when they get in touch with their purpose and vision,there is a release of energy. You can often see the moment when the sparkoccurs. Re-ignition.

Since establishing the company in 2010my team and I have been privileged to deliver our signature leadership programmeand vertical development coaching to managers and leaders in a wide range oforganisations across three continents. There have been lots of sparks with agreat many courageous people, and we’ve been delighted by the way it’s beenreceived.


·Clearly, leaders need all thehigh-quality help they can get to meet the demands of their roles, and thosethey will move into going forward, so that there is less likelihood of a mismatchbetween role complexity and their current capacity. Helping build the new capacities to deal with the evermore challenging ‘wicked’ problems of our time is asignificant part of the remit for vertical development.

And … weneed to go beyond the corporate leadership space.

·There are many people in all walks of lifeand all ages who are coming to recognise that they have outgrown their owncontainer, and are actively looking for ways to grow. So, the much larger canvasI want to invite you to join me on here is the transformative andevolutionary journey of human growth and fulfilment of potential. 

Peter Bluckert - Founder 

In his own words…

“I like to create unforgettable, life-changingexperiences where people come back to themselves and forge deep enduringconnections with others. Ultimately, I think this work is about humanity and mymission is to bring it to more people both within and outside of corporatelife. In the way that Yoga came in from the margins (in the West), to becomemainstream, my greatest wish would be to see a similar phenomenon happeningwith this life-enhancing work. I think we should be bringing it into people’slives much earlier through our education systems, working towards it being anintegral part of professional development programmes, and making it widely accessibleto the general public”


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