Dogs are fantastic creatures, influenced so much more by what we do than by what we say. Do we lead in the workplace the same way? Are we conscious about our influence, our leadership?
Recently my husband and I finally “foster failed”. In our dog rescue, Operation Paws for Homes, a foster fail is defined as taking in a temporary foster (a shelter dog rescued from a high kill shelter) and then adopting them yourself – making your home their forever home. This little Chihuahua mix quickly made his way into our hearts and we couldn’t bear to part with him.
Fast forward seven months later and we have a “growing problem” on our hands. Our cute little foster fail is quickly becoming public enemy number one! How did that happen? Well, the signs have been there and problem behaviors have been escalating. We knew we needed to dedicate more conscious time to him, reinforce good behaviors, establish trust, and provide the basics…. but where to find the time? At this point, we knew it was time to bring in the professionals, a private trainer to come in and intervene.
It’s a story told too many times by many of our clients in corporate America. We manage people every day with specific assignments and direction, but do we consciously lead? Do we really know how we influence our people? Do we make what Covey calls “deposits in the emotional bank account” of others, taking the time to gain/build trust? Do we ask for help when needed before our “growing problems” become “public enemies”, distractions and/or potential barriers?
The honest truth is, most of us are spread too thin and we only have so much time, energy and effort to give. Some things have to suffer…. right?
“Change takes effort. And the reality is, most people don’t want to put in effort to better their life.” ~ Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer
Current Lesson: Good leaders acknowledge their shortcomings, regardless of the reason, put in the effort to do better and seek out assistance when needed.
Written by Sonja Gladwin, Director, Sales and Solutions, Center for Workforce Solutions at Anne Arundel Community College and Regional Leader, Global Corporate College. Sonja leads a group of innovative training professionals that solve business challenges, providing training and business solutions that attain measureable performance results
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