The Truth Hurts

Hard To Believe That It’s Been A Month Since jeff noel, The Blog Whisperer, Posted Here

Do you have dreams of writing a book? Ever consider a crazy title like, Leadership Is Like Training A Puppy? I would. Wait, I am.

Yeah, jeff noel, The Blog Whisperer here, even though it’s been a month since I’ve posted here, it’s only been a few minutes since I’ve posted here. Have written over 4,000 posts the past 2 years.

Cooper, our Yellow Lab puppy, inspired this Blog and website. Not many Dogs have their own blog. Not many bloggers write 5 daily, differently-themed blogs. Anyway, we’ve had these two Ducks occupying the same spot in our front yard, under an Oak tree. Closest water is 300 meters away.

Our ‘water dog’ is curious why these ducks float on land.

Always a helpful Lab, Cooper sort of directs them on their way.

Training, in any arena, has it’s moments. Things come at your leadership team that no one ever saw coming. In this case, the benign arrival of the squatting Ducks.

In other cases, severe and life-altering moments…

Wait, that wasn’t it. This is it…

Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.

The time to prepare for pain is when the sun is shining.

Yeah Sounds Crazy

At Least Where I Come From

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Leadership IS like training a puppy. Seriously.

The ingredients are exactly the same.

  • Love (servant leadership)
  • Selection (pick the best you can afford)
  • Vision (well-trained people & pets)
  • Mission (great service)
  • Consistency (at every step)
  • Training (master the fundamentals)
  • Support (care & “feeding”)
  • Rewards (what gets rewarded gets repeated)
  • Purpose (teamwork)

Earlier today, our ‘puppy’, Cooper, was not cooperating. He would not let me get close to him – he knew I was disappointed. It took me a few minutes to get into a position where I could make myself clear.

At just the right moment, I grabbed the thick neck fur and skin of this 85-pound Lab pup and forced his muzzle into the grass. Like a wrestler, I quickly mounted on top of Cooper and with my body weight, pinned him to the ground.

My face was now in his face – 3 inches apart. And in no uncertain terms, I used a tone that was crystal clear – I’m Akela (leader), you listen to me. Period.

Moments later, upon releasing Cooper from that alpha dog grip, Cooper came and laid at my feet. Our son (10) witnessed the whole thing and I asked a very specific question.

“Do you see the difference in Cooper’s behavior now that he’s clear on who’s the alpha?”

I then got down on my knees and loved Cooper as sweetly and gently as I could. From ‘death grip” to the loving embrace in 2 minutes.

When you are crystal clear as a leader, people get it. It takes time (this wasn’t the 1st ‘death grip’) and patience. And sometimes, you need to get in someones face.


Once to be clear (on your expectations).

And once to be clear again (on your love for their role in the team).

Leadership is like training a puppy. Most of us are not very good at training pets. And most of us are not good at leadership either.

What can we do? Read. Observe. Try. Fail. Learn. Try agin. Remember your higher purpose as leader is to lead, not manage.

Leading is about being in front, showing the way.

And it’s also about teaching. At least where I come from.


5 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Facebook Fan Pages

Yep, jeff noel here, a small business entrepreneur (like many of you), Orlando-based Professional Keynote speaker, and this place is not far from home. Everything I do offers inspiration for Mid Life Celebration’s Facebook Fan Page. Where does your Fan Page inspiration come from?

5 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Facebook Fan Pages. Mashable, which I referenced in yesterday’s post, came up with 5 great tactics to give heavy consideration to.

If you’re like many small business entrepreneurs, you haven’t quit your day job. The main reason I haven’t quit mine is because it’s hard to imagine life without it.

My gig is one of the coolest and sweetest out there, Professional Speaker for a world-class organization. Cooler still, I can practically walk to Cinderella Castle. But I digress.

Launched a Facebook Fan Page for Mid Life Celebration, LLC a few months ago. Am going to give some time and effort to those 5 tips. You’d be a fool not to. I’m not saying believe it all, just to be prudent.


The Truth Hurts

The 1 Thing That Makes A Champion

Important, but not very catchy…

Focus, leadership, creativity, vision, help you stand out and garner praise…

Since 1949, less than 700 cities have received this…

What makes a dog a champion? What makes a leader great?

Hold on, because this is so profoundly true and simple that we are quickly tempted to dismiss the revelation.

What makes a dog a champion? What makes a leader great?

The judge, and it depends who’s judging.

If the American Kennel Club is judging, well, it goes without saying where the bar is set. Or, if Fast Company, Mashable, or The Huffington Post is judging, same thing.

But in your world, who judges you? And perhaps more importantly, how high do you think they set the bar?

And finally, how willing are you to jump over it?

jeff noel is the author of a dozen different blogs. The Blog Whisperer, and CEO at Mid Life Celebration, LLC, jeff realizes the importance of ‘different’ in the digital economy.

Leadership Is Like Training A Puppy is serious about making a difference. jeff noel and his blogs have become one of the most prolific bloggers in cyberspace.

To stand out in a massive 100,000,000 blog forest, using creativity with blog names and having an unusual or questionable hook, make all the difference in whether people will click through….or not.

How can Leadership be like training a puppy? If I have to explain it to you, you won’t understand….