Many of you reading this (Thank you!) are business owners, founders, CEOs or entrepreneurs. We are by trade, leaders. We made the choice to sign the front of the check, not the back. In doing so we assumed the task of choosing our own way. Or as the saying goes, we chose to work like dogs.
But if you think of it, working like dogs might not be such a bad thing. In fact, we might be well-advised to lead our companies, serve our customers and employ our people with the character of a canine and the mindset of a mutt.
Dogs, for instance, are known as man’s best friend. There’s a solid start right there. How many of us can claim to be labeled so fondly?
Dogs are authentic and real. What you see is what you get. Genuine to the core, they wag their tails as if no one is watching. They’ll bare their teeth but only when absolutely necessary. Never needlessly.
If they don’t like you they won’t pretend. If you don’t like them they can smell it two rooms away. But if you treat them with kindness, they will treat you like a king.
Dogs are fearless and enthusiastic. High on energy. Low on drama. Operate on just those four principles alone and you’ll stand with the greats of industry leaders.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”
Dogs have no hidden or secondary agendas. They are unbreakably dedicated to the pack. They are not wired to prioritize me over we. (OK…except at feeding time. Nobody is perfect.)
Dogs are infectiously happy. Their enthusiasm comes without interruption. They cope well with adversity. They shake off the rain. They sleep soundly at night. They miss us when we are gone and openly celebrate our return.
A dog seems unencumbered by much of the junk, chaos and clutter that so easily confines and confuses its human masters. What business professional would not embrace a reputation for such clarity and simplicity?
Today’s business frontier is unfolding faster than ever while the index of predictability grows smaller than ever. To be successful leaders in such a world will increasingly call upon the optimized use of our physical, mental and emotional resources.
The future will require a clear and confident understanding of who we are as individuals and what we’re capable of under pressure. One of the best examples we could follow, loyal and dependable to a fault, might be curled up at your feet.
Executive Health and Performance Coach Billy Sheehan partners with time-challenged professionals to reengineer the relationship between their personal health and professional careers. The resulting balance creates the optimal environment for achieving the highest levels of long-term success.
Learn more at www.billythecoach.com