Celebrate the differences that can become strengths

In a recent piece I read about master dog trainer Steve DeBono he says that often times the dog owner needs training, not the dog:

“A typical client might meet me at my Behavior Center and say “my dog is aggressive to strangers”. This is just a judgment of the behavior they’ve seen – not actually a description of what happened. They’re usually emotional—afraid that their dog might bite someone or ashamed that they have one of those “aggressive dogs”. And their goal is to bring their dog to every restaurant patio in the city and happily let people pet them and kiss them on the nose, just like their friends’ dogs can do. 

These are preconceived notions about what their dogs should be, but might be unrealistic for who their dog actually is.

It reminds me that usually when I have a "trouble" employee I have to take a look at myself first.  Am I pre-casting them into a role they don't have the skillset to perform? Did I fail them in on-boarding?  Did I hire wrong?  I have to take responsibility as the leader and make corrections, more often than not corrections to my own behavior.  

Read the full piece about Steve DeBono here