Unsuspecting business lessons, as taught by dogs

  1. Consistency in routines - dogs crave a consistent schedule, which contributes to their overall well-being. The same can be said for humans.

  2. Be eternally optimistic - you’ll always be greeted with a wagging tail when you come home to your four-legged friend. There is something to say about being optimistic, even when the going gets tough.

  3. Don’t lose your sense of playfulness - no matter their age, dogs always seem to be in awe over the simple things. Having a sense of wonder brings joy to your work.

  4. Loyalty - dogs are fiercely loyal companions.

  5. Protect what’s important to you - ever try to steal a toy from a dog? Chances are they didn’t like it, and probably pulled all the stops to protect it.

  6. Be adaptable - dogs can make it work in different households and under various supervision. They just seem to figure it out.

  7. Negotiation - dogs don’t perform tricks for free. Chances are they’ll need to be persuaded with a treat. Despite not being able to verbally communicate, they sure do know how to negotiate using other mannerisms. Effective negotiation is key to get the most from both parties.

  8. Establishing hierarchy - speaking of negotiation, dogs also negotiate among themselves to determine the pecking order and alpha of the group.

  9. Know your role - with the established hierarchy comes a sense of duty to fulfill your role.

  10. You accomplish more working in teams - when dogs work in packs, there’s no stopping them.