Mustangs run wild. It’s hard to pick out the leader amongst a herd of mustangs because they are all on the hunt for green pastures. A team of mustangs is a team on the move making things happen. You want mustangs on your team, leader.
Mules are sterile. Mules are stubborn. Mules are small. Mules, however, are not stupid – at least not when compared to normal horses. You see, mules have eyes that allow them to see their hind quarters which gives them a much better sense of balance. They are less likely to have trouble with their hooves and are less likely to stumble going down treacherous, uneven, terrain. Mules can survive on less water than horses and require less hay or grass. Mules, historically, have gotten a bad rap – especially by me. I recently devoured a book titled, The Oregon Trail and it’s given me some new learning on the power of being sterile, stubborn, and small. My perspective has changed. I’m learning. I’ve been a little closed minded when it comes to these animals and rushed to judge. Turns out there is a place for mules on every team, including yours.
In fact, your team and mine works optimally when we have deep diversity of minds, talents, and types. Turns out we work best when we’ve got just the right mix of mustangs, mules, and even some donkeys too. It’s really not an “either/or” choice when it comes to the types on your team. Embrace the “and,” leader. Embrace the “and,” especially the ones that are not your type. Channeling a little Honest Abe might be helpful here. If you recall, Abraham Lincoln, when elected our 16th President, appointed his chief rivals onto his cabinet. He took his competition, Seward, Chase, and Bates, and brought them closer, and learned to collaborate with those very unlike him. His team of rivals came together and kept this country of ours united too. If you want to learn more, pick up Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Who knows, you just might have a rival (ass) on your team who is the perfect fit for just the right hole.
Mustangs, mules, and an ass or two. MM&A. Good.