Things we can learn from dogs, from an organizational perspective

Anecdote: Things we can learn from dogs

Came across this in my feed this morning. Although it has nothing to do with edtech, it has everything to do with organizational behavior. Our own organization has gone through a tremendous amount of change over the past year with more to come. Add to that the start of the academic year and move-in this weekend and as you can well imagine, patience is starting to wear a bit thin.

Well, being a dog person myself, I could relate personally to this list. But beyond myself, this list has potential as a guideline for organizational behavior, if folks could relax long enough to play with it. All too often we take are jobs more seriously than we ought. Yes, there are important projects, deadlines to meet and customers to satisfy but in the end, when the books are balanced, are any of these things more important than the people who make it happen?

So take a moment and consider the following list of things we can learn from dogs. Unabashedly pulled from the Anecdote blog post of the same title:

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

4. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.

5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

6. Take naps and stretch before rising.

7. Run, romp, and play daily.

8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

9. Be loyal.

10. If what you want lies burried, dig until you find it.

11. When someone is having a bad day, be silent. Sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

12. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

13. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

14. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

15. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…. run right back and make friends
16. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.

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