It’s time to wrap up the Clinton ‘n Kate show. We’re breaking up. Clinton will, I guess, keep on training horses and their people. I mean, he does a decent job at it. And, I will move back to posts related to inspired living and good behavior discovered in unexpected places and in unexpected ways.
But, before we go (you knew that was coming), I want to include 3 Clinton-isms that weren’t included in previous Clinton ‘n Kate posts. I wish I could type these out using his Australian accent – just for added impact.
“Get out of my personal space.” I can think of a few experiences in my professional life where someone put themselves in my personal space. Clinton uses a 4 foot stick to help correct this type behavior. I’m just sayin’.
“You want your horse to use the thinking side of his brain, not his reacting side.” Reactions. Now, this can bring on some problems when peppered with unfiltered emotion, too much time and an unlady-like mouth. I agree with Clinton. It’s a brain thing. You have to train your brain to slow down and think when certain situations feel like a trigger.
“He who moves first, loses.” I love this one. When there is a conflict, it can often lead to a standoff. For leaders, it’s critical that your foothold be strong and unwavering; otherwise, you will find yourself modifying your business plan, company policies or even your sense of right and wrong to accommodate the one who dug their heels in the deepest.
Clinton offers a clinic that is a train the trainer program. He works with participants in perfecting his method so they can start their own business teaching horsemanship. All the while I was listening and watching Clinton move through the different parts of his program, I was reminded of what a good trainer provides. Information, of course, but in a way that makes it relatable and usable to the people receiving the information. I’ve heard from readers this week who are not horse people but who say they learned some great life lessons from Clinton’s comments. In his train the trainer clinic, I wonder if he prepares his students to share this knowledge as well as he does. I wonder if he shares these nuggets with them and teaches them how to pay them forward to future horsemen and leaders in the easy and personable way he doles it out himself? I hope so. Because leading and training? These are big deals inside the training pen and out.