Mean Dog Alert

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I’m sorry to report the sighting of a few mean dogs across the country and even just down the street.

You may have seen a few too.

For most of us, it doesn’t take long for a mean dog to make us feel mean.  To growl, bark or bite back.  If not stopped, it won’t take long before everyone on the team is at each others’ throats.  Or perhaps the mean dogs band together and focus their attack on others. If it continues, in fighting is almost guaranteed. And morale and productivity has been out the window for a while.

For all of those reasons,  it is absolutely critical for leaders to be on the look out for mean dog behavior and be ready to stop it immediately.  That includes the mean dog that lives inside of each of us as well.

Which dog is winning?

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Everyone faces a battle

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Let us remember though that while Heart Month, Doing Business with Heart Month and Random Acts of Kindness Week will be over soon, the battles people deal with every day will not.

Be kinder than necessary for everyone is facing some sort of battle.

This quote reminds us that when a person interrupts, pushes ahead in line, ignores us in the hallway or whatever it is that rubs us the wrong way or ticks us off – it’s probably

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Ships & Boats

An important message for leaders and teams from Martin Luther King, Jr:

We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.

Seems like lots of people forget this….making it nearly impossible to get anywhere.

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Scary stuff ahead?

Do you have some new projects, new challenges, new resolutions ahead that are scary as heck!?

If so – I hope this week’s quote helps you as much as it has helped us.

Saddle up, keep eyes on the horizon (destination) and enjoy the journey along the way.

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway

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No power?

Today I had the pleasure of addressing a group of Hometown Heroes – people in our community who have made it a better place to live.

I introduced the quote below and thanked them for tapping in to their own power to make a difference in our community – helping people get food, housing, medical treatment.  Raising money.  Saving lives.

It’s important to do the same in  our every day office lives.  It’s easy to say:

  • I don’t have enough information to do my job.
  • They won’t ____ (fill in the blank).
  • They are making me feel _____ (fill in the blank).
  • There’s nothing I can do about _____ (fill in the blank).
  • I’ve tried and tried and nothing works.
  • I have no control.

Okay – I’ll admit it. I’ve heard the same phrases in conversations with myself.

We have no power. We might as well give up or give in.

Please don’t give up OR give in!

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