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Dogs are great. They are loyal, enthusiastic, and ready to play when you are. I can’t imagine a better friend or partner. Dogs are also spontaneous. They literally follow their noses sniffing whatever is in front of them; the ground, you, other dogs’ butts. (I think the latter is sort of a doggie handshake – they can be friends after that)

I, admittedly, have trouble with spontaneity. I like to plan my work and work my plan – a phrase a former boss used frequently.  More often than not, however, I find myself needing to “punt”, my plan foiled by impromptu meetings, client needs, or some other pressing matter. Not that planning isn’t important, it is. But being flexible is at least as important.

An ability to be spontaneous is crucial, especially in business. Of course, it helps if you enjoy spontaneity; enjoy surprises. It’s what makes life interesting. I am trying to be more like my dog.