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Leash your puppies to your pack leader

Leash your puppies to your pack leader

On Sunday morning I was doing some yard work and wanted to allow our two dogs to get some fresh air and play outside. Bruno is our 11-year-old full-bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier that is as obedient as dogs come. If I ask him to “stay” he will remain motionless for hours. Lulu, on the other hand, is a rescued 1-year-old chihuahua, terrier, dachshund, puddle-drinking, bug-chasing mix. When I’m asked what type of dog she is, the easiest and most truthful answer is “white.”

We don’t know anything about Lulu’s background. When we adopted her, she did not know how to walk on a leash or climb stairs. She was far from being housebroken and left us her version of presents throughout the house for the first month. Bruno comes from an award-winning pedigree and passed two obedience classes with flying colors. He is our prince and often behaves more like a human than some people I know.

Bruno has been able to teach Lulu many things around our home: how to wait for food, how to go down steps, how to use the lawn and not indoor carpeting for bathroom breaks, and even how to play properly. As he is our anchor, I tied Lulu to him so she would not run away. It made me consider mentoring and the benefit that aligning a junior person with a senior leader creates. A newbie salesperson might not know how to dress, how to act, how to solicit, how to interact with operations, etc.

Do you assign a “buddy” or a “mentor” to your freshmen salespeople so they can quickly learn the ropes and produce revenue? Would you suggest it as a tactic when hiring inexperienced sales people?

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