In life, are you the sheep, shepherd or dog?
It’s been flattering to be asked to speak at many business events and many people suggested that I write a book based on the material I share from the front of the room.
So what can a shepherd teach you about building a magnificent team around you?
I guess I’m not your ‘average’ shepherd since I supplemented my farming income, since the devastating effect of Foot and Mouth Disease on my business, with direct selling, business mentoring and coaching.
This book explores the three characters in its title: sheep, shepherd and dog in a literal and metaphorical sense. From my somewhat unusual skill-set of shepherd and facilitator at Raising the Baa I have made my farming stories relevant to the business world.
Sheep may be seen as your customers, the dog your colleagues or other associates and the shepherd is usually perceived as the leader.
"Sheep, Shepherd, Dog is a good read for anyone running a team or managing a group of people. It provides a lovely slant on common team building problems from the point of view of a team comprising some Sheep, a Shepherd and a Dog. This, in itself, sets it apart from more traditional team building books, and makes for a more interesting read. I would recommend the book not only for managers, but for those within the team or anyone running a business, as there are many anecdotes and nuggets of valuable experience that Chris shares."Amazon Review, 15 Jan 2016