20 Unexpected Leadership Insights from Zuzu the Dog: Have Fun
The celebration continues! It’s been 20 years since I founded PeopleSense Consulting, and I’ve had the honor to receive inspiration from many wonderful people, experiences, and animals since.
This month, I’m celebrating by sharing 20 unexpected bits of leadership wisdom I’ve recently gained from my adopted dog Zuzu, a joyful (but sometimes challenging) presence in my life.
So welcome to Part 2 of the series! This week’s theme is…Have fun!
1. Display exuberance in what you love. When Zuzu greets someone–anyone–it is with every fiber of her body. Her tail and in fact, her whole body, swing fast and furious from side to side. The legs enthusiastically rise up to touch you and the tongue eagerly offers kisses.
3. A little excitement goes a long way. There are many times during the day when Zuzu tells me that she has some energy to expend. I can get caught up thinking she needs an-hour-long walk.
But I’ve found that most of the time, having a 10-minute walk/sniff around the yard satisfies her. A change of scenery, even for a short bit, can do wonders to change our mindset.
4. Show gratitude. Above all, Zuzu is a happy soul. She moves from one activity or person with aplomb. Whether honoring a difficult request (she WILL sit and stay even when she doesn’t want to!) or running through the room with glee, she lets us know she is full of joy and gratitude for all she has.
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