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Two Minute Drill: What’s the Lesson Behind This?

What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is dogs, onions and lessons to be learned. Last night I went out to a local restaurant, did some work for a few hours, and came back and saw my dogs. I walked inside after getting some love from them and I looked down at the dog bed and I saw a shredded plastic bag and remnants of an onion skin.


Dogs, onions, and lessons to be learned

I remembered that I had left my onion on the countertop in the corner of my kitchen, and suddenly that onion was gone. I immediately panicked. I didn’t know what to do. I Googled immediately “are onions harmful to dogs?” They’re incredibly toxic.

If there’s too much, it creates hemolysis. It’s the destruction of the red blood cells and what happens is the dogs can have anemia and ultimately die.

I put them in my car, took them to the vet, and called poison control. Three and a half hours later, they were able to induce vomiting and they were sent home. The instructions were just to go home, monitor them, and make sure they don’t show signs of anemia, which I understood.

I got home and I was like, I don’t understand, what happened. I’m looking around the dog bed, and around the rest of the house, and all of a sudden, I turn to the left and I see that they never ate the onion. They just played with the onion and it just rolled into the corner.

I took them to the vet, they were made to throw up, and they never ate the onion. I was both frustrated as well as relieved because I knew that, they both going to be okay.

At the end of the day, I asked myself, what’s the lesson to be learned from this? And I still haven’t figured it out.

Obviously, don’t leave food out on the counter, especially if you have dogs around. Lesson learned but, there’s got to be another lesson to be learned from all this, and I just haven’t figured it out.

So, I’m going to ask you guys what’s the lesson to be learned? I don’t have all the wisdom in the world. I would love to hear what you guys think. Let me know in the comments and share the lesson learned.

That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. You guys have a great week. Talk to you all next week.


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Marc Abla
1 year ago

I don’t have all the wisdom either, but…

Sometimes those who excel in Wonder and Invention (6 Types of Working Genius) are so action-oriented that they forget to either exercise discernment or engage with someone who does excel in discernment. We jump right into the action and forget to look around the room to ensure they ate the onion and didn’t just play with it (btw – my dog just plays with veggies). Maybe the lesson is to take just a moment more and ensure that the action we want is appropriate. Don’t take too long, but longer than those who love Invention want.

Jay Greenstein
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc Abla

Sage advise Marc! Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments!

Jeff Lesher
1 year ago

Hmmm…lessons? Assess, act, learn, and adapt. Maybe – depending on the potential consequences – check your work…balance urgency with thoughtfulness. Among the challenges anxiety presents us with is the narrowing of our field of vision – emotionally and literally. In this case, it seems like you acted as you should have given what you knew and the possible fallout.

For all of us: let’s continue to learn, evolve, and always give ourselves (and our pups, our kids, our other loved ones) a little grace.

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