Mr Grizzly

Don't Run

What I learned from Mr Grizzly:

Everyone should visit Alaska before they die. But If you're in Alaska and come upon a Grizzly Bear there are a few Do's and Don'ts.

Don’t Run - Because bears can run faster than humans and if you flee it is a natural signal for the bear to attack. Back up slowly and talk to it. If it charges, there’s a good chance that it will be bluffing. If it’s going to attack, drop to the ground in the fetal position, put your hands behind your head and hope for the best. The chances are, despite their size, the bear is more frightened of you attacking its child or food supply than it is sourcing you out for its next meal.

I love the Alaskan wilderness in all it's pristine glory. It inspires and rejuvenates the soul. 98% of all of the Grizzly Bears in America live in Alaska. Grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators and these awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals - they demand respect. Getting up close is an awesome and humbling experience.

In business, and especially in sales, we often resort to sports cliches, war stories or predatory wildlife examples to motivate, illustrate or dramatize presentations and the tactic is often overused however I think a lot can be learned from Mr. Grizzly. He is the kind of person you would rather not have to face, the competitor you would prefer was working for you. But he is also the one you should not run from. He can run faster than you and running provides a clear signal for him to attack. Drop to the ground in the fetal position and hope for the best.

Unless you are also a Grizzly.

In Business we can learn a lot from Mr Grizzly. There are some people that demand respect and there are some that should drop to the ground. There are some people that are protecting their loved ones and food supply and there are some that are being sourced for the next meal. Whatever campsite you are in and whichever you are - take the advice of those that know what to do when faced with a Grizzly:

Don't Run

That's what I learned from Mr Grizzly.

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