This leadership article reveals the power and importance of effective communication skills, all "stuff" my dog Oscar has taught me.
Read on for 'Oscar Wisdom...'
It’s amazing how much Oscar communicates with us.
He can’t say a word but he’s always communicating. Oscar’s our 17 pound shi-poo is a very important member of our family.
He's pictured here in his Priceless t-shirt that reads: Collar: $38 T-shirt:$22 My pup: PRICELESS
In my interactions with Oscar I see genuine communication wisdom that would help us all improve every relationship. He provides so many cool examples of great communication even though he can't even speak our language:
Our neighbors have just added two cute-as-button puppies to their already busy household. I ran into the new puppy parents separately, several weeks ago – both were expressing distress. It seems their new 'family members' are a handful and they can’t get them trained to not ‘mess’ in the house.
We’ve had such success with the bell hanging on the front door (Oscar was trained in just a few days) I tried to share that idea with each parent. They were very busy complaining, so I guessed they didn't hear my suggestions because when I ran into them again this weekend, they were still complaining about puppy-mess problems.
Other then the fact that you now know that we have a very smart and cute dog what’s the point of this leadership article?
The point is that there are key communication principles that apply to how you communicate with ALL beings (be they human or animal). They apply to dog or kid parenting, in sales, in leadership or on a team.
The most important point of this leadership article is that: Every living thing is communicating. The question is – are you tuning in and listening aggressively or do they have to create a 'mess' to communicate with you?