Founder of Raising the Baa, Head Shepherd, Business Coach & Motivational Speaker; Chris Farnsworth. Born and bred in London, Chris decided he wanted to be a farmer from the age of 8. He demonstrated great promise, as a future entrepreneur by burying coins in his garden so he could grow money trees; well that’s where his dad told him it came from!
Not Being Sheepish
After 3 years of globe trotting, including spells of work on an Israeli kibbutz, ploughing on the prairies of Canada and cotton picking in Australia; livestock held more appeal for Chris Farnsworth than crop farming and specifically sheep farming.
At the peak of his shepherding career, Chris looked after 6500 sheep; with the aid of just two dogs and its darkest period was caused by Foot and Mouth, when he virtually lost his livelihood. Chris went on to form an association with Forever (the aloe vera company); as a distributor, team builder and trainer.
Baa Baa Business
Over the years as a business mentor, Chris Farnsworth would often draw parallels between shepherding and teamwork. So when local charity, Inner Flame needed an experiential learning challenge; as part of its personal development course for teenagers, the idea of team building with sheep was hatched. “…gets people working together …it works on so many levels” says David Wreathall, Founder/Director of Inner Flame.
Chris’ company Raising the Baa run inspirational, fun and practical events; for mainly corporate clients. He draws on his unique skill set of shepherding and business coaching; to help individuals build the best team in their field. Clients include Airbus, HSBC and Burnley FC.
Chris Farnsworth Speaker
Chris Farnsworth is much in demand as a public speaker, offering a refreshingly different perspective on some traditional themes such as:
…and his highly popular signature talk “In business/life: are you the Sheep, the Shepherd or the Dog?”
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Chris Farnsworth
Matt Fesser, UK & IE HR Operations Manager, IKEA
Every day was different, even with the same task… the results coming back to our environment here have been unbelievable.
Nick Obolensky, CEO, Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd
As an adaptive exercise I thought it was great… if you are operating with teams who have to adapt to a changing environment, this is a really good learning experience.
Stella Leatherby, HR Manager, Sainsbury’s
Involves absolutely everybody… good to bring people together… absolutely loved it and great fun.