Dogs are amazing. They innately know some things that we as Leaders deserve to observe and implement about business, and people.
5) If you smell, it’s time for a bath.
Good hygiene and grooming are very important in business. No matter what business you are in, you need to avoid offending people with how you look or smell. Every business has a dress code or culture to follow with great variances. But whatever that code is, be the best in your field. For Leaders and Business Owners wanting to gain clients, there are some keys to your best look:
~ Keep Hair clean, cut and up to date on style. (if you don’t know, go to a salon that knows and get them to help you or at least affirm or debate what you think is a good style/cut)
~ Clothes should ALWAYS, in all ways, be clean, pressed, and be the right SIZE. (when you gain or lose weight, get the new size. Tight on cash? Go thrifting or Ebaying for great deals)
~ Shoes always need to be polished, by you or someone. (unpolished shoes send all kinds of negative messages to your boss, clients etc)
~ Shower daily. Yep.
~ Teeth & breath need to be clean. (if you smoke and or drink coffee, brush after or use a mint or mouthwash please)
4) If you bark loudly and/or often, you will struggle with people- often.
As an extroverted person myself, I learned this important lesson: There is a difference between your inside voice and your outside voice. (If you don’t know what I mean, get a coach or mentor to explain) 🙂
3) Forgiveness is King.
Forgiveness allows the relationship to reset endlessly, love unconditionally, and your tail to wag frequently.
We all make mistakes. It’s called being human. Let 99% roll off, and work out the rest. Save your energy for your work goals… avoid the drama!
2) Train them up in the way they should go.
Dogs act exactly how their owner trains them to. So do people. Be accountable as a Manager, Leader or Business Owner. Train them correctly, support them adequately, and they will succeed. If they don’t, they need more training and support, perhaps more than just by you. Bring in a neutral, objective Business and Life Coach. (*Hint- if your whole team is not acting as you would like them to, it’s not the individuals, it’s the system, the leadership, or both.)
1) The best dogs are irreplaceable.
And so are great people. They are not expendable.
~ Get really good people in the RIGHT job for them. *No one succeeds long-term in the wrong position. (which means YOU need to find, screen and place or transfer them well)
~ Train and support them exceptionally well in business, and their life. (they are not neatly separated with walls as we would like to think)
~ And above all, encourage and affirm their strengths.We get a lot of negative. We need to know what IS working about what we are doing, which propels us to do that more.
Employees, partners or associates will be very loyal to you, as you create and maintain a healthy, positive business culture for them to thrive in.
CILC | CMC | CEBC
Certified International Business, Leadership & Life Success Coach