- This guide is a companion to the book, The Art of Picking Up Dog Poop: Leading from the Middle.
- Whether you want to explore on your own or with your team or small group, this guide offers the following insights for the leadership nuggets arranged by chapter:
- Think about your story. Explore the leadership nugget in your own experience.
- You will find a few open-ended, and maybe tough questions for each chapter to help start the conversation – whether with a friend, mentor, or even with your team.
- Each chapter also has an individual challenge to help you grow your own leadership style. Subscribe to my newsletter and download your FREE copy today!
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What People Say
★★★★★“I absolutely loved it! Really good points on leadership and showing up. The stories about dogs give an entertaining context to complex work situations. I would recommend it to others who are in the midst of the muck and more – to provide perspective and a reminder of what’s really important.”
★★★★★“What a fantastic way to relate leadership and poop! Fresh insight on the leadership trials - and being a leader no matter where you are in the pack. I can totally relate to the task of poop-picking-up and all the pleasure of it. It’s a small price to pay while getting to love the beasts that leave such a small stinky treat. I enjoyed your humor, your leadership nuggets, and your helpful ways to manage right from where I am.”
—Stefanie R., fellow dog mom and middle management protégée
★★★★★“From nuggets of poop to nuggets of wisdom, this book is AWESOME and offers key leadership tips for managing from “the middle.” Seriously! By leveraging humorous, unique, but relatable nuggets, leaders pick up tips to establish synergy within the team to deliver on schedule.”
—W. Clifton II, PhD
★★★★★"Great read with exceptional tips for all leaders!This was such a great reading book, and I challenge anyone to not be able to come away with a new thought on leadership. And being a dog owner, I truly can relate to intertwining of leadership and the chores of dog ownership! I highly recommend this book to all levels of leadership; the newly promoted will get some expert insight into rising up from the team while tenured leaders will receive new ideas to implement. This book is packed with expertise, valuable and relatable experiences that bring a fresh perspective to the challenges faced at every opportunity and level of management and leadership. You will not be disappointed and you will have a few ah-ha moments with a few chuckles along the way. I encourage every leadership/executive team to incorporate this into your management training."
★★★★★"What a comical way to show a connection between picking up poop and leadership, it is certainly a messy job. The stories are relatable while teaching key points of successful leadership. It is all about being a servant whether to our dogs or our coworkers. Loved, “When leading from the middle, we need to be the light. We need to bring the energy and fresh perspective to keep the team moving forward”. Keep showing up leaders. The work is hard but the payoff is investing in others and building relationships. “At any level, leaders emerge with perseverance in the storms.” I will now be forwarding every poop reference her way!"
★★★★★"A book filled with humor, wisdom and lots of leadership experience. A gem!This is a delightful book! It is an easy read...a great book for an airplane ride or an afternoon on the beach. After reading this book I bought one book for my husband who has worked in middle management for over thirty years, as well as my son and son-in-law as they begin their journey in the workforce. These funny stories are filled with gems on how to deal with co-workers, bosses and big projects. Anyone who has worked in a large company or corporation will relate to these chapters, and anyone starting out in the business world will blessed with the experience and wisdom Connie Martin has to offer in book."
—Amy M. (amazon)
★★★★★"Excellent Read! Cat Approved - 5 Paws Up!This book seamlessly relates real life adventures of picking up dog poop to leadership challenges in the workplace. It is both entertaining and very insightful. Every story contains a little nugget of wisdom that leaders can pickup and readily apply to their unique situations at work. I will definitely recommend this to all family and friends."
—Volodymyr P. (Amazon)
★★★★★"Terrific insights on lifeIf you can relate to life is sometimes like dealing with a busted bag of dog poop in your hands you can relate to this author’s words of wisdom. I also am a dog owner and certainly find relevance in these stories! She nails it with the perfect metaphor on the receiving side of cleaning up or avoiding messes from those who might be totally clueless to what they are handing you, and on the sending side avoid handing off a busted bag of dog poop to someone else. She writes truth in life from a perspective of insight, a bit of self-deprecation, and a lot of humility and humor to reveal she is writing about us and our daily struggles of trying to do good in the world, or at least do our best under the present circumstances."
—Mark L. (Amazon)
★★★★★"Great book!!I LOVED the correlation between picking up dog poop and leading from the middle! The techniques and leadership guidance are extremely helpful! Would recommend this book to anyone, as these lessons are useful in general! There are so many great nuggets of information. Being newer to leadership, this book gave me some insights and ideas on how to approach leadership from a new perspective."
—Kristina R. (amazon)
★★★★★"Knowing YourselfConnie’s words clearly laid out how to grow to be a respected leader. I learned that to grow we need to know ourselves, learn to take feedback and redirect the course we are on despite the circumstances. She encourages the reader to look at growing “pains” as necessary to clean up our preconceived ideas of what leadership looks like. Thank you Connie for using humor to demystify the role of leadership and just going for it!"
—Alba A. (Amazon)
★★★★★"Highly recommended !I am not a dog owner, but I found many instances laughing out loud while reading this book. The life experiences smoothly relate to middle management & leadership. One chapter flowed into another and once I started reading I was unable to put it down. Any corporate person considering advancing to management should be required to read this book. Looking forward to the next book this author writes. Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. Proverbs 18:15"
—Nancy T. (Amazon)