Success as a Cat
Years ago, Olivia Felini was homeless.
Now she is the president of a company. And she has achieved fame as a published author. [ See the link to her article below ].
So Olivia feels contented, knowing she has done well.
By the way, some of the techniques that she used to achieve this success can be used by people.
So as you read this, consider how you might apply these strategies to achieve more in your life.
Perhaps, you too can become as successful as a cat.
Here’s her story.
Olivia was living in the upper right cubicle at a pet store where they kept rescue cats.
As with any dwelling for the homeless, her accommodations were minimal. She had food, water, and enough room to turn around.
I noticed Olivia during a visit to see the rescue cats.
But Olivia was different: She looked at me, while other cats slept or looked at the backs of their cubicles.
So I scheduled an interview.
Relationships begin with eye contact
Olivia had to pass two intensive interviews before being accepted into my firm.
She excelled in both of them.
Most notable, she showed an interest in me. She demonstrated confidence. And her manner was consistent in both interviews.
So I offered her a position as office clerk, which she accepted.
People become interested in you after they know you’re interested in them
Olivia quickly completed our New Employee Training Program, which is based on a traditional, “in-the-box” model.
Since then she has been a self-starter who works with minimal supervision.
For example, she volunteered for the patio project (she watches the patio).
She also watches the phone.
And she watches the neighborhood.
You might conclude that Olivia has built a career out of watching.
Find ways to be useful
Olivia also helps deal with telemarketers.
Usually, I let my answer system screen calls from unknown numbers.
But sometimes, I find myself on the line with a telemarketer.
Then I rely on Olivia. Here’s how it goes:
“I want to speak with the person in charge of your web site.”
“She’s taking a nap.”
“Can you take a message?”
“She wouldn’t be able to read it.”
“Because she’s a cat.”
“Yes, with four legs, whiskers, and fur.”
Telemarketer hangs up (angrily).
Olivia seeks creative ways to provide help. Often these involve assistance no one thought they needed (as shown in the above photo).
Because of these outstanding contributions, Olivia was promoted to office manager.
Seek expanding excellence through innovation
Olivia knows that her effectiveness depends upon being rested.
So she takes frequent naps.
Sometimes she even takes a nap while taking a nap.
In the Meow handbook, this is described as a two-level nested nap (i.e., one nap inside another).
As of today, no cat has managed to take a three-level nested nap. But Olivia is working on being the first.
Your performance depends upon your health
In 2010 – 2011, people stopped buying my workshops on leadership skills.
So with Olivia’s help, I changed the business focus to photography. As part of this reorganization, Olivia was promoted to president.
Now I take photos of birds, which I use in articles and talks to inspire respect for nature.
And Olivia watches the office.
There is always a solution if you are willing to look for it
Certainly, leadership matters.
So I tell Olivia that she is a “Good Cat” every time I see her.
1) Kind words convey kindness.
Sending constant pulses of kindness creates a positive work environment.
And everybody performs better in a friendly environment.
2) Expectations define behavior.
If I expect Olivia to be a good cat, then everything she does is good.
And that makes life better for both of us.
3) Thoughts become life.
When I praise others, I’m actually praising myself.
And that makes both of us feel good.
Effective leaders create a positive environment that facilitates excellence
Cat Wisdom – Advice from cats for cats, which also might be of interest to people.
Keep Your Cat Safe – Article by Olivia Felini.
Meet Olivia Felini – Olivia’s official career profile.
27 Ways to Show Kindness – The key to effective leadership and lasting relationships.
Why Kindness – How kindness is both smart and practical.