You Can't Fire Your Pets

Best-Selling Book Update

Yes, my first best-selling book has been delayed.

And I’ve been sitting on the fence and haven’t done much (except think about it) in the past six months.

This has to change. It’s going to change. There is no try, only do.

The same with training a Puppy. This morning Cooper didn’t listen to some basic commands.

There were only two choices.

  1. Do something (nip it in the bud)
  2. Do nothing (making the behavior acceptable in the future)

This is the way leadership works. Our choices, conscious or unconscious, make us believable as leaders. Or not.

Believability is a long word for trust.

Trust is a leader’s secret weapon.

Cooper can trust that if he doesn’t listen, there is a price to be paid.

Leaders can not afford to have their followers second guess their command.

You know this right?

In the end, Cooper and I had some very tender moments of reassurance that it was the behavior, not him, that was unacceptable.

You Can't Fire Your Pets

Leadership Is Like Raising A Puppy

Yellow Lab, Cooper, at six months – yesterday, December 12, 2010:

Six Months - 12.12.2010
Six Months - 12.12.2010

Pets and people aren’t stupid.

But ineffective leaders often think they are.

The same principles that govern a well-trained Dog, will also govern a well-trained employee.

You’ll see.