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Be a great boss: advice from my kittens

Posted by Janet Smith on April 25, 2008

I love cats. And I love my Morale-Based Marketing system. But until I woke up this morning, it never occurred to me that there might be a way to combine the two.

This past Sunday our family adopted two seven-week-old kittens. Siblings Bix and Bessie (we name our cats after great jazz and blues musicians) are adorable, playful, friendly balls of fluff. (Our adult cat, Abbey, doesn’t think so—but that will be the topic of a future blog post.) These kittens have two speeds: Fast forward, or sound asleep.

Obviously, I am completely kitten smitten. But still, it surprised me when I woke up and realized that in my dreams last night I created something called the Meow-Based Marketing system. I’m very passionate about the reputations of organizations, the morale of employees…and about cats. I’m not sure where my subconscious was taking me with Meow-Based Marketing, however. How funny!

I will admit that work is more fun than ever with Bix and Bessie around. They walk on my keyboard, knock things off my desk, bat at my pen while I’m writing…and occasionally curl up together on my desk chair (behind me, while I’m sitting in it), and snooze. They purr. My morale is higher than ever!

As I’m writing this, I think I’ve analyzed my dream. Bosses everywhere: Be a kitten to your employees. Be warm, playful, and friendly. Don’t bat at pens and walk on keyboards…but do visit your employees often on their turf, at their workstations or in their offices or classrooms or on the retail floor or in the field or wherever they do their work. Take every opportunity to say nice things and demonstrate that you care (isn’t this the human translation of purring?).

Do these things with energy and enthusiasm, and your employees will end their day feeling more loyal, connected, and happy at work. You’ll feel great, too.

Then you can go home, curl up on a chair, and get some sleep.

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  1. Beth Paulsen

    Dear Janet,
    I love your kitten analogy! It is purrrrrrrrrrfect!
    Keep dreaming your great dreams!

  2. Debbie and Doug

    Great blog comment!! Thanks for sending. We can learn a lot from our furry friends.