The Dog Poop Initiative

The Dog Poop Initiative Author Kirk A. Weisler
ISBN-10 1932280839
ISBN-13 9781932280838
Year 2005-03-28
Pages 24
Language English
Publisher Team Dynamics, Inc
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This book was inspired by an event that took place in the summer of my life as a soccer coach and dad My family and I showed up to the soccer field where my five year old son was going to play and as the two previous teams finished up As our boys gathered some helpful parents from the already playing teams pointed out a large pile of Dog Poop on the field and warned us to point it out to our boys A few moments later the coaches of the departing teams also pointed out the poop and gave us the same admonition Next came the referees assigned to the field for the evening who told us the same thing After this third warning my sons other coach and I looked at each other and without saying a word turned and went to separate trash cans on the field in search of something we could use to scoop up the poop We found a large piece of cardboard and had it cleaned off the field in less than a minute I still remember some of the dumbfounded and bewildered expressions of the Adults who had so helpfully pointed it out but who apparently had never considered actually cleaning it up As I viewed all the parents that lined the field and pondered all the parents and coaches who had been there throughout the day each one dutifully and diligently passing along the Poop Warning I marveled that NONE had taken the initiative to clean it UP What an opportunity to teach by example the important principles of service teamwork selflessness and INITIATIVE In my minds eye I could envision each of these adults ten to fifteen years in the future lamenting how their own teenagers dont take initiative nor even understand what it is Sadly I would guess that even then it will not occur to these pointing parents that a large portion of what their teenagers dont do is a direct result of never having seen their parents do it My rough calculations put the estimate at a potential 220 plus Adult Poop Pointers and only 2 Poop Scoopers With the Initiative Bar so low those of us who are willing to take it end up looking like high jumpers But what an opportunity to show our children how they too can effect change by taking initiative As I relayed this story to colleagues and friends I found that a tremendous amount of people are just as upset or more so as I am with the lack of initiative in society The ever growing mindset of Its not my job or Someone else will do it plays itself out all too often in myriads of ways that impact each of us on a daily basis The response to the story was so strong that I included it in my next few speaking engagements Some people even told of using the story in staff meetings All that led to final publication of The Dog Poop Initiative I hope you enjoy it

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