The spirited holiday season is upon us, and I’m hearing a festive jingle … except, this time it’s not Bing Crosby streaming via Bluetooth. The sound is coming from my dog’s tags, her whole body wagging with excitement at 6 a.m. because she knows it’s time. Eager myself for the mental exercise of calmly planning the upcoming workday, I clip on the leash and we take off.
A few minutes into our jog, I visualize the Chinese calendar placemat I’d been given at dinner the night before. What I remember next triggers a jolting change of course: 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. Feeling as though the winding path ahead was suddenly illuminated, I pick up the pace.
This memory leads to more creative thinking about self-improvement and one “brave” (don’t care if anyone laughs!), out-of-the-box question: How might dogs inspire us to become stronger leaders or more successful workers in general?
Yes, channeling their...(register to read more)