[Today’s guest post comes from Mr. Pilot James, AKA “Pilot”, a Doberman Pinscher who will be celebrating his second birthday this year. I’ve known Pilot for a little over a year, and seeing him grow from just a puppy into a dog has been quite the journey. I hope you enjoy the wisdom he shares.]
A Dog’s Guide to the Corporate World
I’d like to start off by thanking you for taking the time to read this. I know you’re busy, and you have more email in your inbox than ever before. This Information Age is really taking its toll! You could be doing countless other things, but you chose to read my article. Thank you.
A little about me. I was born in a small town in North Carolina, just past Concord Mills Mall (if you know where that is). I moved to Charlotte when I was about three months old. I currently live with my mom (I know, lame). But in my defense, I’m not even two yet.
That’s a picture of me. Sorry it’s grainy, but I downloaded it from Facebook. I can’t take my own pictures. No thumbs.
So I’d like to talk a little bit about my success in the corporate world. And I’ve identified some tips that you can copy for your own promotion.
Keep Your Coat Shiny
I’m not sure who said it, but you’ve probably heard the quote, “Don’t dress for the dog you are. Dress for the dog you want to be.”
This is so true. Refer to my picture. My nails are trimmed, my fur is clean (and shiny), and my tie is straight. If someone likes your outward appearance, they will trust your inner self.
I remember this one time when I just got done playing in the mud, and didn’t have time for a bath. I heard the doorbell ring, and I sprinted over there as fast as I could. You should have seen the mailman’s expression! He must have thought I was some kind of scary dog fighter or something. I explained it, and we had a good laugh. But – imagine if I needed him to approve my time card?
It’s just a good habit to always look your best.
Wag Your Tail
Be excited to see other people at the office. Show them your enthusiasm.
Look, I know. You spend too much time at work. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. And the people don’t make it any better.
But the truth is – it’s that way for everyone else, too. People aren’t like dogs in that they don’t automatically get excited when other people are around.
But people do like to be liked. And they do respond in kind.
That means they will like you more, and they too will be more friendly if you are first.
Give Treats Often
From a practical standpoint, you should give dogs more treats. What do they cost, like five cents? And they’re delicious! We don’t even mind sitting or what not. If you take one thing away from this article, make sure you give dogs more treats.
In the corporate world, it’s the same thing. It’s nice to know that someone noticed your work. That someone noticed you. And a great way to do that is to give them a “treat”. It might be an email, an in-person thank you, or an actual award of some sort. It doesn’t matter what its form, just that it’s given freely.
Now, a word of caution – you can overdo this. If there is no fulfillment in the work itself, that is – if it’s mundane and pointless, or worse – stressful, then treats won’t fix that.
But if the work is fulfilling, and the treats are good – you will have a day at the park.
Earn Your Treats (even when nobody is watching)
From the other side of that coin, do whatever you can to constantly earn treats.
Whether or not someone asks you to sit, sit. Or in people terms, “add value”.
And when you’ve sat already, just keep going.
Nobody’s going to be mad if you lay down before they ask. Or if you keep going and just roll over.
In fact, just do all your tricks (add constant value), regardless of the commands you receive.
It works every time. Mom says, “Sit.” And then I do all my tricks (while wagging my tail), and she bursts out laughing. She loves it!
So too, will your boss and coworkers love it.
One last thing. I’m pretty involved in this charity that supports bringing dogs into the workplace. If you liked this article, please consider giving a donation to Take Your Dog to Work Day, a nonprofit organization.
Thanks guys, I hope to write again soon!