Farmer Ed was sad.
His large farm was losing money and he didn’t know how to turn around his financial situation.
As he drowned his sorrows at the local pub, he told everyone within earshot about his predicament.
Another local farmer came up and recommended that he buy three horses. He suggested that if he bought a clydesdale, a thoroughbred and a pony, he would be able to transport his produce more efficiently, he could make money at the races and offer children’s rides to make extra cash on the weekends.
Intrigued by this idea, Farmer Ed used the last of his cash reserves to buy a clydesdale, a thoroughbred and a pony.
A month went by and Farmer Ed was again seen drowning his sorrows at the local pub.
“What’s wrong?” his friends asked, “We thought that you had bought the three horses.”
“I did,” responded Ed, “but the pony is terrible at pulling the wagons full of produce, the clydesdale has lost every race so far and the thoroughbred is too energetic for kid’s rides and keeps galloping away with the children, much to the angst of the parents.”
His friends laughed.
“What’s so funny, I’m ruined!” Exclaimed Ed.
“The clydesdale is meant to pull the wagon, the thoroughbred is for racing and the pony is perfect for children’s rides.”
“Oops,” an embarrassed Farmer Ed said as he jumped up to go back to his property and get things back on track.
Every person has skills and abilities, but if you are doing something that you’re not made for, you will be ineffective and unhappy.
And if you’re a leader of people, the closer you can match your people’s skills to their role, the more successful your team will be.
It seems obvious, yet I still see ponies trying to pull wagons, clydesdales coming last in races and thoroughbreds running off with screaming children on their backs (figuratively speaking, of course).
Don’t let that happen to you.
And don’t let that happen to your people.
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