We owned a miniature dachshund that joyfully welcomed us home every day. We miss the sound of his miniature paws following us.
One day I arrived home to a “normal” welcome-home from my wife and realized that we acted more excited to see Spunkie than we did each other. In that moment, I said, “I wish I was a dog.”
Act like a dog-leader:
- Jump up and down and run in circles, when people come to work. “I’m so excited to see you.”
- Lick people in the face for no reason.
- Forgive offenses.
- Sit nearby and cast occasional glances. What’s next? Do you need anything?
- Treat people as good as your dog treats you.
5 dog qualities for leaders:
- Enjoyment. We already know everything isn’t perfect. Decide to enjoy yourself at work.
- Predictability. Adopt rituals and rhythms. Predictability feels like stability. Walk around at the end of every day saying thank you, for example.
- Loyalty. Stand up for your team, even if it hurts.
- Simplicity. Be clear and direct.
- Protectiveness. Make sure nothing prevents people from maximizing their talent.
Treat people like dogs:
- Accept their nature. Don’t expect poodles to act like shepherds.
- Give clear directions. Come. Sit.
- Offer praise quickly, joyfully, and profusely. Imagine praising a dog two hours after they fetched the paper.
- Scratch ears and rub bellies. Make people feel good.
- Let them run around once in awhile.
Which dog quality is most applicable to you?