"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!" by Tim Faith

Gartner 08 Oct 2019 12:56

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 8, 2019  |  Submit a Comment

Cried King Richard III, in the battlefield of Bosworth.  At least, according to William Shakespeare.   Was it the fact that there were no more horses on the battlefield?  Apparently not, as his loyal councilor Catesby offered to find another horse.  Was it that Richard was completely incompetent with that horse?  Not according to Shakespeare, who wrote that Richard had slain 5 of the Richmonds on the field of battle prior to his lament. 

So why the wail that has subsequently been used to point out the contradiction of offering something as vast, powerful and profitable as the potential Kingship of England in exchange for a something as common as a horse?  There are times when a horse is just a horse.  It’s a means of conveyance, a working tool, a pet.  However, there are times when a horse can be a symbol of something much more significant, or when the horse is a trusted companion that has seen your best and worst of days.  It allows you to take a higher level view of the landscape and make better informed decisions with quickness and authority.   There are times when the Mission Critical Priority for a leader is so important that the leader needs every advantage available.  A good horse, a trusted counselor, a robust system to evaluate what is happening right now and to support the effort; these can be just as important as the kingdom itself.   To quote another great literary work, “A horse is a horse of course of course”.  Unless, of course, it is.… something more.

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