I recently read an article in the Star Tribune about a new executive training program that uses seeing eye dogs to help managers improve teamwork and communication skills, builds trust, and problem solves at work. The company Leader Dogs for the Blind, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan started its executive training program five years ago. It has worked with Purina and Mitsubishi Motors.
The training involves the manager putting on a blindfold and then using precise commands to communicate with the seeing eye dog. The manager must trust the dog to lead the way. Most managers want to be in charge, but through the exercise they learn how to give and take. The executive training courses may involve blindfold walks, white-cane walks and team-building activities with the use of a clicker. The participants learn how to give and receive instructions through cues. In the business world this translates into helping different departments communicate better with each other.
If you are a business looking for a unique and innovative way to train your management team, you might want to check out this program.