Eileen’s Lessons – August 2017
My dog, Jada, has an arch nemesis who lives down the street. Her name is Molly. Molly and Jada go absolutely wild when they see each other, and not wild in a good way. Funny thing, sometimes when we see Molly, I will pick up my dog and hold her. When I hold Jada, she stops barking, but that is when I notice her shaking. It would seem as though Jada (and probably Molly) are a bit frightened of each other and each one barks at the other to give off the “don’t mess with me” vibe.
Don’t misread me, Jada has a warm personality and is a very friendly dog, but she’s not welcoming to everyone and everything. She clearly likes to protect herself and us against potential threats like other neighborhood dogs, the mailman, the garbage man, school buses and pretty much anything that moves.
What are the two dogs really doing? Both Jada and Molly are small dogs of equal size. It would seem by attempting to make the first (verbal) strike, the dogs are hoping the other dog (mailman, school bus..) is more put off and don’t notice that the dog making the distraction is only 17 lbs.
Happens in the workplace doesn’t it? Many times people will distract us by yelling, screaming and making a fuss about something with the hope that we won’t notice something else as a result.
What can we do as managers? The key is to keep this behavior in mind and not allow it to distract us from the real issues.
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