Another Reason to Love Your Dog
One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that people who have and love pets are usually the good people to work with. They are usually easier to get along with and they tend to be competent and decent people. This is not a black and white rule, because some pet lovers are not as good as others and I have found some good people who don’t keep pets. But it is a good guideline and it seems pretty consistent.
Now I have discovered another reason to love our dogs. Apparently the French took some time out from their surrendering training to do some scientific study. I found this in the news this morning.
“Man’s best friend may cement his position if early results from French researchers can be replicated. A team of researchers from Tenon Hospital in Paris reported Tuesday at a San Francisco meeting of the American Urological Assn. that dogs can be trained to detect the characteristic odor of unique chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors, setting the stage for a new way to identify men who are most at risk from the cancer. If developed, the test might be more effective than the PSA test now used because it would have fewer false positives.”
That’s pretty amazing. Our best friends may have the ability to sense the odor to provide an early detection of cancer. The earlier we find the cancer the better our chances to beat the disease. Won’t that be an amazing advance in science? Using our pets to enhance our ability to stay healthy and beat a terrible disease.
Someone had to have a very creative mind to start thinking along those lines to do the research to determine if this is actually possible. Creative problem solving is a skill shared by most effective leaders. The researcher who began these studies was being very creative when he or she started to do these studies. A clear case of thinking outside the box led to what appears to be a very positive outcome.
Creative thinking has led to solving a number of difficult problems, and will lead to the solution to many more problems in the future. Understand the situation and determine what the problem is. Then make sure that what you have identified as the problem is not just a symptom of a larger problem, and then look for all possible solutions to that problem. This is where that French researcher was very creative. When you’ve identified all of the possible solutions that you can come up with evaluate them and select the best alternative. Then you have to implement the solution. After a while, look back at the situation and determine if the solution you put in place is still effective. Sometimes this process takes weeks and sometime this process takes seconds. It is a function of the severity of the problem.
Creative problem solving is an effective tool for any leader. What we need now is for that French Researcher to find a way to get the American Voter to smell deception and misdirection. Far too many of our voters can’t see the lies right in front of them. A blatant liar will stand in front of them and swear that the sky is red, when the voter can lookup and see that the sky is blue. Too many voters will let themselves believe what the liar told them. I don’t know if they really believe the liars, or if they don’t care what the liars say. They still vote for the wrong people.
Not enough of us care about the integrity of the people we vote for. I want a candidate to tell me what they will do in office and then I want them to do what they promised. Cut my taxes and stop spending money. Make government smaller and stay out of our lives as much as possible. The candidate with that message is who I want to vote for. I want a candidate to answer questions with as few words as possible and to mean what they say. I don’t want a candidate to be vague enough to leave the possibility that the answer can be whatever they want it to be.
We need to teach the voters to smell out the crap the candidates hand out and let the candidates know we smell crap and not roses.
I want that French researcher to help us out with the fowl smell coming from our candidates. Our dogs deserve better and so do we.
Vote the Bums Out,