I had to laugh when I saw this sign:

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Even though the dog wasn’t there, it was effective in keeping me at an extended distance. But my favorite part was the word “potentially.” Aren’t all dogs potentially vicious — if taunted or provoked?

I think of the wide range of emotions and behavioral expression that animals and people potentially have. Employees could put a sign at their desk or family members could hang one in the kitchen: Potentially _____________. Potentially Happy. Potentially Crabby. Potentially Snarky. Potentially Giddy.

We all have the potential to pick our attitude and emotions. Take care to choose one that doesn’t keep others away.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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