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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/26/2020

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/26/2020

 

Our prior white German Shepherd was Koufax, a fierce protector of the house, great with children, and very smart. Like all Shepherds, he was high strung, and the vet tells me white Shepherds are even more high strung!

One day, my wife came home with the two dogs, all three of them drenched, yet it wasn’t raining outside. She had decided to take the truck through an automated car wash, and Koufax became so nervous that he tried to jump on her lap. While the two of them wrestled, his paw hit the driver window “down” button just as they were transiting the “rinse” station. Both dogs thought it was great, my wife threw out her clothes.

Rather than learn a lesson, she decided to prevent it from happening again and returned in a week to the car wash. This time, when Koufax tried to move over the console to the front seat, she grapped his collar. As he bucked like a bronco, he hit his head on the sunroof mechanism, unfortunately just under the “soap” station. This time, my wife, covered with dried foam, looked like a crazed Yeti who had been flushed out of the Himalyas. I told her the good news was that it probaby wasn’t toxic, but perhaps we should Google it.

The moral here is that the cause of the problem was not the “down” window button, but Koufax’s stress. The preventive action was to leave him home when getting the truck washed. But how many of us try to change some behavior (our own or someone else’s) instead of just avoiding the situation where it can occur?

And that’s why, mutatis mutandis, I don’t network and why I don’t run for public office.

 

 

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

—Andy Warhol

 

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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