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Horse Sense, by John Miller

 Good old fashioned horse sense has a lot to offer our modern world, but it is about as uncommon as common sense. Horse sense: Who needs that? We have computers, calculators, formulas, and theories to solve complex problems. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like computers and gadgets and stuff, but there is something about horse sense that you cannot compute in binary code. You either got it, or you don’t.

 

    Good old fashioned horse sense has a lot to offer our modern world, but it is about as uncommon as common sense. Horse sense: Who needs that? We have computers, calculators, formulas, and theories to solve complex problems. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like computers and gadgets and stuff, but there is something about horse sense that you cannot compute in binary code. You either got it, or you don’t.
     Horses have had a good bit of influence in my life. I remember coming to Sugarcreek to admire the Forty-Horse-Hitch parade around town over twenty five years ago. I remember the horse that balked, the one I loved to ride, the one that calf manna brought out of retirement to race again, and the stately teams that worked the land. 
     There is something noble about a majestic team of Belgians working together as a team. They start pulling together, they share the load, they sweat together, and they also stop together. There is even a kind of shared pride that is evident when you watch the nonverbal expressions of a good team.
    Some horses have more sense than humans do. I guess that is why we call it horse sense. Have you ever heard anybody talk about “human sense”? I have not. Perhaps there is a reason.
    Teamwork is in vogue today. Volumes have been written about it. Consultants charge hefty fees to teach you about it, but I have seen my share of so called teams that had they been horses, we’d have sent them to the slaughter house a long time ago.
   You see the elements of good teamwork are really quite simple—horse sense, I guess: We start working together, we sweat together, we pull our share, and we all get to go home together with a sense of shared pride that makes one want to get up in the morning to experience more.
    Now, that does not sound that hard or difficult to understand does it? It’s just horse sense. It certainly does not seem like it would take a consultant to teach it or a huge book to explain it. But apparently it’s not easy for the human set because many bite and snort, huff and puff and get into a miff instead of pulling together like good team of horses. Perhaps that’s “human sense” but it sure does not make a lot of sense.
    Having said all that, there are some companies and people that recognize that teamwork doesn’t just make horse sense. It makes dollars and sense.
    It is really not that complicated. If we all start together, pull together, sweat together and do our share, a lot more gets done in a lot less time and that saves a lot of money. More importantly, it creates a pleasant environment in which to work.
     Teamwork makes a lot more than horse sense. It makes dollars and $ense. Isn’t it time to join the team?
 

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