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So read each character description to discover which animal you most closely resemble in practice. Then use the advice to improve your communication skills and performance.
THE CARELESS CATA careless cat does her job, but it's riddled with errors, so colleagues and clients don't trust what she says or does.
If you're a careless cat, don't hurry through tasks and projects just to check them off your list. Slow down and check that you've followed processes exactly. Look up facts before spouting off to clients. And correct any errors you do make. When you demonstrate care and attention, you build a relationship of trust with team members and pet owners that boosts your credibility.
THE BOLD BULL
A bold bull charges through life, rushing through the process to realize the result and bowling over those in her way.
For example, say a team leader who shows bullish tendencies manages a group of more experienced team members. She gets consumed by her brilliant ideas and her team members' wisdom and experience fly right off her radar. So when senior team members respond to her ideas with reasons why they won't work, she pooh-poohs their opinions as cynicism.
This bold bull isn't taking advantage of a valuable resource at her disposal: her team. Experienced team members can point out potential pitfalls in their leader's ideas and help her analyze her plans and make them stronger. So before introducing her ideas to the rest of the practice, this bold bull should ask her team what's missing, then focus on improving those parts of her plan, Gair says. This way, she'll create stronger ideas to present to the whole team.
THE BIG-DREAMING BUTTERFLY
A big-dreaming butterfly flits around all day—pausing only briefly to espouse a new idea—then flutters off, chasing another dream.
Making your ideas into SMART—simple and specific, measurable, attainable, result-oriented, and time-oriented—goals sets the stage for change in practice, Dr. Cloud says. "Use available training materials, and don't depend on your boss to make things happen," he says. "Practice the skills that will make your ideas a reality. Relieve work from the veterinarian, instead of piling more ideas and tasks on him or her. Detail your ideas and how you'd implement them first. These extra steps launch you from star to superstar."