More than 13 years ago, Intelivate’s Kris Fannin met a rescue dog that has taught him some of the most effective leadership approaches of his career.
UPDATE: We are sad to report that Intelivate’s unofficial mascot, Marcus Fannin, passed away very peacefully at home. Kris Fannin documented their last day and some of the other lessons he learned from the experience.
More than 13 years ago I visited a shelter in Chicago to meet a young rescued pit bull. The rescue organization saved Marcus from the gas chamber (literally).
When I arrived, I was asked to go to the roof for a meet-and-greet. The volunteer told me Marcus was extremely shy, and she gave me some treats to entice him. As soon as I saw him, it was love at first sight. For me.
He could not stand me.
No matter what the volunteer did and no matter how many treats I hung in front of me, he would not come anywhere near me – not even to take a treat. She started packing the dog cookies up to bring him back.
What I asked shocked her.