A Horse Story

This came to me at work as a paradigm for good leadership.   But on closer examination, its something each of us should internalize.

“If the horse you’re riding dies, get off” This quote seems simple enough yet we don’t always follow that advice. Instead, we often choose from an array of other alternatives, which include the following:

· Buying a stronger whip

· Trying a new bit or bridle

· Switching riders

· Moving the horse to a new location

· Riding the horse for longer periods of time

· Saying things like, “This is the way we’ve always ridden the horse”

· Appointing a committee to study the horse

· Arranging to visit other sites where they ride dead horses more efficiently

· Increasing the standards for riding dead horses

· Creating a test for measuring our riding ability

· Comparing how we’re riding now with how we did ten or twenty years ago

· Loudly complaining about the state of horses these days

· Coming up with new styles of riding

· Tightening the cinch

· Blaming the horse’s parents. The problem is often in the breeding.


The point is that we must not be afraid to change. An investment in life is an investment in change to the end. Every day is new. Every experience is new. Everything is new, every morning of your life…. And if you don’t believe this, you are in the process of dying.

Dr. Leo Buscaglia 1972

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