The Dog in the Vet's Office

Ah-ha Moment

As Mary walked into the veterinarian’s office to pick up her cat she could find no one in the reception area. After her reception bell-ringing went unanswered for a few minutes she peaked down one of the halls she gasped when she saw a dog emptying the trash.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to frighten you,” said the dog to Mary’s amazement.

“This is just part of my job.”

“That’s amazing,” she said. “Does the vet know you can talk?”

What did the dog reply? Scroll down to find out.

“No, and please don’t tell her, she’ll have me answering the phones, too.”

Many times, team leaders do not take the time to learn about their team members. The result is that team talent goes untapped.

But this is only one side of the story. The dog did not want the vet to know about the hidden talent. Why? Possibly because when a team member shows a specific talent, they are assigned tasks or responsibility even though they may not enjoy it. This can lead to burnout very quickly.

A Sequoia towers over those that are on the team (forest) and creates an environment where each member of the ecosystem flourishes using their talents to support the team (ecosystem). For some this means regenerating nutrients into the soil. Other may provide the berries or seeds for the wildlife that maintain the vitality of the forest.

Whatever, the system has worked for thousands of years to keep the beautiful and towering trees thriving in Sequoia National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and Big Sur. Being a Sequoia Leader allows you to see the talent is there while allowing the team member an environment where they can use the talent of their own fee-will as they see it will help the entire team.