Animal Control Meeting Rules

imageAnimal control professionals deal with a lot of different animal behaviour in the course of their duties. There are lessons to be learned from what they deal with every day. We can learn a lot about how conduct meetings or participate in kaizen events, (rapid cycle improvement projects) by simply applying some of their rules.

  • Don’t chase rabbits. Rabbits are small quick rodents who survive by running away from danger. They zig zag patterns back and forth to confuse who ever is chasing them. Don’t fall into this trap. People will try to divert your meeting and purpose. We waste enormous amounts of time and energy when we don’t have a clear, established goal. Set a goal for your meeting. Drive the agenda and effort in achieving that goal.
  • Don’t flog a dead horse. There comes a time when you realize that no matter how much effort the team puts into a project, it simply will not work. When it’s over, it’s over so move on and don’t waste any more time on it. If several projects arrive at the same conclusion accept the result.
  • Don’t be a dog with a bone. When assessing different options, be open minded to different ways of doing things. Don’t take a stand on your proposed solution and refuse to even consider other options. This shuts down the entire process. Be open minded.
  • No kangaroo punches. Respect is a key to all relationships. Respect for the individual is the first rule of every team. This means no sucker punches or psychic bullets that blind sides anyone.
  • Move like a turtle. Act with a sense of urgency but not with a sense of panic. Have your eye on the objective and as a team, move towards that goal at steady, measured pace. Remember, haste makes waste.

What Others Have Said…

Michael developed a LEAN program for our hospital. This involved training both managers and front line staff in LEAN and its application in every department. Two LEAN projects were conducted in an effort to reduce inventory. There was a reduction of $135,000 in pharmacy inventory and $200,000 reduction in OR inventory."
Richard E. D’Alberto, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Laurens County Hospital

"Michael is a great speaker. He is inspirational and knows his trade."
Lynn Yarbrough

"Great quality- appreciate his openness to field question on the spot"
Rita Jones
CEO, Dundy County Hospital

"Michael is an outstanding, knowledgable speaker, keeps the flow going an involve the audience well."
Stephen Stewart
CEO, Artesian Valley Health System

"I like the process in implementation"
Brad Langdorf
VP Clinical Services, Community Hospital

“Michael is an excellent speaker. Content is exciting and educational.”
Mollie Heisel
Human Resource Coordinator
Brown County Regional Health Care
“Very good; usable; informative; real; encouraging”
Valerie Gigolyk
Loewen Windows

“Without your personality, coaching and spirit, we wouldn’t have made it so far.”
Ann Corrigan, RN
VP of Patient Services
Henry County Health Center

“We are utilizing the information on a regular basis. It has been exciting to see this growth.”
Pat Hales , Director of Quality and Educational Services Misericordia Health Center

“Excellent speaker- funny yet seriously important to improve our daily lives.”
Rebecca Ricartti, HR Director
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

“Michael is fantastic. Keeps the learning Entertaining and interesting.”
Stephen Stewart CEO
Artesian Valley Health System

“Great. Enjoyed the session.”
Curtis Hawkinson CEO
Community Memorial Healthcare

“Very clear and concise presentation. Always includes stories that make you think.”
Heather Greenwood, Med Tech
CHI St. Alexius Health

“Michael is a great presenter and presented he content in a manner that made it interesting and useful.”
Lynne Yarbrough, OR Director
Johnson Regional Medical Center

“Knowledgeable and energetic.”
Valerie Hangman, QI Coordinator
Providence Medical Center

I was impressed by the content and the clarity of the speaker.”
Jennifer Russell
Government of Manitoba

“Excellent quality, excellent information & keeps his agenda enthusiastic and timely.”
Terri Davis, RN
Providence Medical Center

“Dynamic speaker who leads the group to discover the answers for themselves.”
Jeff Dolan
Canada Cases Ltd.

“Mike is inspirational. A Great Motivator.”
Glen W. Buckler
Two Small Men with Big Hearts

“You have to see Michael Bayer’s presentation.”
Lois French

Investors Group

“Excellent speaker with an important message”
Rob Vineberg
Regional Director General
Citizenship & Immigration Canada

“Excellent speaker- funny yet seriously important to improve our daily lives.”
Rebecca Ricartti,
HR Director
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

“Fantastic! My cheeks hurt from laughing so much, yet I also gained so much knowledge too! Thanks!”
Daiva Griese
One Legacy

“Excellent, worthwhile. It was as good as it gets.”
Stephanie Bloodworth
Case Manager, New Directions

“Fantastic speaker. Great for any industry.”
Ron Farmer
Personal Banker, CIBC

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