I am a horse crazed maniac. As a kid, teen, and young adult, I watched Seattle Slew, then Secretariat, and Affirmed win the Triple Crown. And now as a mature adult I am celebrating the incredible feat of American Pharoah and his team. I am in awe.
It takes a team of smart people making good decisions in the best interest of their equine team member (the horse) to win at this level. When jockey, Victor Espanola in one of his many interviews said that the team wanted to keep their horse happy, he was expressing leadership intelligence beyond his personal ego. Victor knew if Pharoah was happy he could do his job and run faster than any of his competition. Wow…what a simple and brilliant concept. I wonder if we should try it on people?