Home > Extra Points > Extra Points: What Do You Smell?

Extra Points: What Do You Smell?

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I walk the dogs on the same route every day. While it may seem boring, it’s safe, lighted, and frankly about the only place that really works for us. I tend to either listen to music, a book, or sometimes even use the opportunity to think about absolutely nothing. It’s very therapeutic for me, and gives the dogs (and me) good exercise.
That being said, you’d think the dogs might get bored. On Saturday, I took the dogs extra early as we’d missed a few days and I knew we had a busy weekend with family and this might be the only opportunity. It was raining but they cared less than I did, so I bundled up without my phone and decided to simply clear my mind and seek out some “quiet.”

It never ceases to amaze me how eager the dogs are to uncover new opportunities in what would seem a mundane environment. With the rain and the few days off, apparently a cornucopia of new olfactory opportunities abounded. Both Captain Jack and Bella made sure that nary a new sensation wasn’t inspected or at least urinated on.

We humans don’t have the incredible sense of smell that dogs do. Rather, we use our visual cues. That’s why we get easily bored. Unfortunately, this easily happens with our daily lives. Boredom leads to many professional perils for a business: Miscues, inattentiveness, lack or production, apathy, complacency, and turnover. Effective leaders are able to sniff this out like Captain Jack on the trail of a squirrel. While we might think it’s the responsibility of an employee to keep motivated, I think that it’s up to the leaders to follow the example of my dogs to sniff out opportunities to improve the people in their influence.
Yes, if you’re an employee for someone, you’ve got accountability, especially to yourself and your family. My message today is to CEOs, business owners, and leaders to provide an environment that stimulates growth, development, and performance. While the work may all look the same, every day’s opportunity is unique and at hand for those that have their noses pointed in the right direction.
Quote of the Week:

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

~ John W. Gardner (American Educator)

© 2017 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Do you need help creating a business continuity plan for your business? Call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. The time to act is before you need it. Email me at dan@danweedin.com.

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: