The Lesson of the Red Horse

John Reh is the guide for the Management site at, and is one of my favorite writers on management and leadership topics.  I ran across his article on The Lesson of the Red Horse.  I don't want to steal John's thunder by tipping off too much of the analogy, but suffice it to say that often in leadership, we get exactly what we ask for--no more and no less.  Clear expectations, being sensitive to the strengths and weaknesses of our people, and setting performance standards are all important in motivating our people to realize their potential and contribute to the overall mission of the organization.  Thanks, John, for a memorable analogy that will certainly help me in my management and leadership efforts.