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The Dog Poop Initiative Paperback – Large Print, March 28, 2005
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"Just because it's not your dog's poop, doesn't mean you can't clean it up!". -- Bob Goodnough, Ace Hardware Corporation<br /><br />Anytime I open a lesson with, "today were gonna talk about dog poop" I instantly have everyones attention. -- Joanna Urry, School Teacher<br /><br />The Dog Poop Initiative is a lesson for parents and business leaders alike. --Paula DePalma, Director Nemours
Kirk, Thank you again for your call a few weeks back. We have received everything and have already started working with all of our Managers and Supervisors. I will be running seminars in December. I have also received Purple Cow and The Big Moo. I have just started Purple Cow but am hoping to get deeper into it soon. Here is my story: Two weeks ago we had a large rain storm move through Seattle (shocking, I know!). With it being Fall, the leaves were dropping like crazy and they had clogged the drain in our parking lot. There was a huge pond in the main parking lot. I watched as one, two, three people came walking in our building with their pants wet up to their shins. I had personally walked around the pond when I came into work, assuming that maintenance would take care of it. Finally, I was walking to the bathroom when a woman came in the building, soaking wet from mid shin down. She gave me this deadly stare, pointed at me, and snarled, Can someone put up some cones in the parking lot! I just got soaking wet because I had to walk through a puddle! Inside I laughed because she could have walked around the pond but chose to continue through it without doing a thing about it. I sat at my desk and thought, This is a PERFECT pile of POOP! I went down the back stairs, grabbed a large broom, walked out to the puddle, took off my shoes and socks, rolled my pants up, and then made my way to the drain. There were so many leaves in the drain that the broom was worthless. I then reached in with my hands and proceeded to scrap the leaves out. It took me about 15 seconds and the pond was gone in about one minute. I walked back in the office, barefooted and all, and the POOP was gone. I thought you would enjoy a good old genuine POOP story! Jason Ziemann SanMar --Jason Ziemann
Six Sigma Black Belt Dear Mr. Weisler, I work for SAIC and we are teamed with Boeing on the Army's Future Combat Systems program. One of my duties is as Site Lead in Vienna VA for Lean Six Sigma initiatives. In that capacity I was invited to attend the Boeing "Make Lean+ Count" conference in Seattle about a month ago. One of the presentations by Floyd Sheets and Steve Holt was "The Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff" and included (with a used by permission statement) "The Dog Poop Initiative." Boeing has made the briefing available to me for presentation to our Six Sigma Community of Practice next week. My concern is that while you have granted Boeing permission to use your work in this briefing, that permission does not necessarilly extend to me or SAIC. Rest assured that if permission is granted the presentation will merely be for awareness and potential further inquiry by our Six Sigma practitioners. Your work would not be included in other training venues without explicit permission from you. I would appreciate your consideration in this matter and hope that you can accommodate my request. Regards, E. Gordon Hagewood Certified Six Sigma Black Belt --E. Gordon Hagewood-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
About the Author
Chief Morale Officer, Kirk Weisler gained national recognition while working in the, high turnover, low pay, low morale world of outsourced contact centers. It was there that he created for himself the title, Chief Morale Officer, and then helped to create an outrageously cool corporate culture. The measurable results of that cultural creation were so dramatic that Kirk was invited to share them, first nationally, then internationally. He now travels around the world giving experiential keynotes on the everyday things leaders can do to positively influence climate and build great cultures for themselves and their people. Besides being an expert in the area of culture Kirks unique background as a US Army Ranger, his work with At-Risk Youth and experience as a Master Team Builder make him a very fun, engaging, and sought after speaker. his personal mission to help leaders increase engagement, morale, motivation, build GREAT CULTURE. The Book you are about to purchase is a wonderful reflection of his unique and highly creative approach to making our the world of work a better place to play and score real goals, and get real results!
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This message can change your organization, Church, Family, Company. I am striving to be a scooper. Brilliant story!
A must have that presents a realistic and effectively different view on taking responsibility.
The point of the book is NOT that the author is proud of having picked up poop, as this earlier naysayer reviewer mentioned, but that he used an everyday example to motivate kids to fix the problem. "Are you a pointer or a doer?" It really makes the kids think about the point of complaining when a solution is available... One that even adults couldn’t see…
Don't get me wrong: I love books with humour! But I'm tired of frilly books that are only written to make kids laugh or sponsored by Big Brands marketing companies to encourage us to buy more things...
Contrary to what you are saying, RS Cobblestone, Weisler is not the one trying to make the issue complex: YOU ARE! He actually simplified it so that even idiots like you could understand it, but obviously, the "pooper-scooper" example was lost on you, even in its simplicity... Why do you have to go and wreck the idea of encouraging kids to see problems and have initiative?
Weisler chose to write about a simple event... We don't need your big environmental schpeel about SUVs or anti-obesity snarky remarks about the chances of becoming obese by drinking Gatorade AFTER a soccer game (not while sitting on a couch playing video games for 12 hours…) Weisler is addressing kids, not parents... So that perhaps in the future, they don't grow up to be idiots like you who can't see the morale of a story for what it is: Take care of the environment in any way you can at your age...
Says RS Cobblestone: "There's a bit too much back-slapping for cleaning up the poo. So, a cute book for early readers, but, please, don't depend on this book to turn you or anyone else into Mother Teresa."
Disgruntled RS Cobblestone reviewer: Get a life!!! Stop "pooping" on someone's idea to get the kids to get involved in their community. Perhaps you should stop your whining and find some poop to scoop... in Hawaii... Or write a book yourself instead of criticizing others who try to make a difference on this world...