Joanne McIntyre - 6 July 2017
Sometimes inspiration can come from unexpected quarters, and whether you are contemplating your business or private life, some advice will always ring true.
I recently became a dog owner for the first time and welcomed an Entlebucher Sennenhond (Swiss Mountain Dog) puppy into our home. Fletcher comes to work with me every day and enjoys interacting with colleagues, sleeping under my desk and making sure that I get out from behind my computer regularly.
During a two-day management training course during discussions about the workplace it occurred to me that there are some interesting parallels between dogs and the world of business. So following are some words of wisdom, translated from Fletcher for you.
- Keep an open mind; you can’t judge a dog by its fur. If you haven’t dealt with a company or industry before don’t assume it’s not for you, opportunities are everywhere.
- Don’t be afraid to make contact and touch people. Reaching out and building a network is essential to a successful business. A phone call is probably better than a wet nose on their leg though.
- Try anything once; you don’t know a branch is too big until you try to drag it. In business the winner is often defined by ‘who dares, wins’.
- Be loyal. Relationships are everything in business.
- Eye contact = waggy tail. Meet your customers and peers face to face if you really want to nurture the relationship.
- The journey is a joy in itself. Dogs aren’t result-driven, they enjoy the ride and your company along the way. So don’t just focus on the bottom line; take time to enjoy what you do.
- If you want something, chase it! Success comes to those who pursue a goal with determination.
- Don’t forget walkies! Carry out regular fitness tests and reviews of your processes and procedures to ensure your business is fit.
- Bark loud & show your teeth. Defend what you’ve worked for; stand up for what you believe.
- Forgive and move on. Baring grudges holds you back and stifles your (business) relationships.
I hope you can relate to some of Fletchers’ tips.
Fletchers’ final words of wisdom:
Don’t take yourself too seriously; somebody somewhere has seen you chasing your tail at least once.