TEAMWORK: Buster and His Friends
A traveler drove his car into a ditch near a farm. The farmer who had seen the car, came with his horse to help pull the car out of the ditch.
The horse’s name was Buster. He hitched the horse up to the car and shouted, “Let’s go Bonnie! Pull!” The horse didn’t move.
The farmer then yelled, “Let’s go Kiko! Pull!” Again, the horse didn’t move.
Once more the farmer shouted “Let’s go Rudy! Pull!” Nothing happened.
Then the farmer said, “Let’s go Buster! Pull!” And the horse moved and dragged the vehicle out of the ditch.
The man thanked the farmer, but being very curious he said “You called your horse three times by the wrong name. Why did you do that?”
The farmer laughed and said, “Oh, Buster is a blind old horse. If he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Taking Responsibility For Outcome
The Q is a Leader who takes responsibility for Outcome
*Leader: a man who is what a Leader is and does what a Leader does
*Outcome: what happens and fails to happen, whether good or bad
Taking Responsibility for the Outcome is a three-step process
The first step in taking responsibility for Outcome is to know what it is you want to happen. Having Vision (seeing the Outcome) is part of what a Leader does. If the Leader does not have a clear destination in mind, how can anyone follow him there?
The second step is to devise a course of action (a COA) that has a substantial likliehood of success. A COA is a planned Movement to solve a Problem or achieve an Outcome. It is the path that will lead to realization of the Vision.
The third step is to demonstrate Commitment, the Leader’s unwavering loyalty and determination to both Mission and the well being of the Members of his Group.
All three steps are necessary.
Without Vision, a Leader won’t know where he his going, without a COA he won’t know how to get there and without Commitment no one else will trust him enough to follow him.