PRLog - Feb. 21, 2014 - WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- After working for major corporations in the information systems industry, where training their management staff to be excellent leaders was a priority for success, Christine Palm Shaughness switched careers to work with animals. She found quite a different state of affairs in animal welfare organizations.
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“As I consistently encountered poor leadership skills in animal organizations, it occurred to me that their management styles were just like the outdated punishment-based dog training methods that I find so objectionable:
The huge numbers of homeless animals in this country are depending on us to help them. The animal welfare organizations need excellent leaders to ensure that the organizations are operating optimally. Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations discusses what happens to organizations when managers use outdated management styles which alienate employees, volunteers, donors, and supporters. The book identifies what it means to be a good leader, the role of the board of directors, and reviews how the theories of positive reinforcement dog training can be used as a parallel to understanding the need for updating management skills to be better leaders.
People are really no different than dogs. We want to feel good; they want to feel good. Everything in life is about pursuing that which brings us pleasure and running away from what inflicts pain. Dog training methods use this exact principle - dogs want to feel good and wish to avoid unpleasantness. So then, doesn’t it make sense that employees and volunteers wish to feel good about the work they are doing and not live in fear of getting punished?
The message of leadership excellence not only applies to animal welfare organizations;
Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations can be purchased through the publisher’s web site: http://www.amazon.com/
About the author: Christine Palm Shaughness followed the guidance of the animals and after a 25-year corporate career in Information Systems decided to work with animals. From her academic studies in animal behavior, practical experience as a pet behavior consultant, and work with animal shelters and rescue groups, Chris’s mission is to be the voice for the animals – to show how they are our spiritual partners and teachers. She is the author of Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK! Happy Stories and Helpful Advice and co-produced the documentary, Uncaged: Second Chances for Puppy Mill Breeder Dogs. Chris shares her home in West Chester, PA with an ever-changing population of foster dogs and older, previously homeless dogs. Her goal is to open a sanctuary for homeless senior pets.