While Patterson admits to receiving more than a few raised eyebrows to the idea you can use dog principles on employees, managers ultimately embrace the notion once they fully understand the concept. “The truth is, many people can relate better to dogs than they do people. If I brought a 200lb St. Bernard home to a studio apartment, then I’m asking for trouble. Using the same logic, if I hired an employee who doesn’t possess the skills and characteristics needed for the job, or whose values and work-ethic doesn’t align with our company’s culture, I’m asking for trouble as well. As I dog owner, I wouldn’t expect my new puppy to know how to sit and stay without the proper training and reinforcement. As a manager, I shouldn’t expect a new employee to perform effectively at his or her job without providing the proper training, coaching, and motivation either.”
In his book, Patterson explains his approach, detailing in each chapter the steps to employee developing by using his own two dogs as a point of reference. Chapters and lessons include Choosing the Right Breed (interviewing and hiring), Bringing the New Pup Home (training and onboarding), Preparing for the Occasional Accident (disciplinary issues), and Don’t Forget to Let Them Out to Play (creating a great place to work).Sit Stay Succeed! is available at the author’s website http://www.mikepat.com, and everywhere books are sold.