I was a border collie in a previous life.

At some point in your life, you’ve undoubtedly been asked the question, “If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be?” You may even have felt a strong inclination about who (or what) you were in a “previous life” (if you believe in that sort of thing).

OK, I’ll buy… I was a border collie.

As a Traffic Manager, I have certain personality *ah-hem* “characteristics” that either endear me to those I work with or drive them up a wall. Let’s compare the beloved collie with “me” (or “you”?).

Michele Welton, in her article, “Border Collie Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics” lists a number of things that make this breed of dog an exceptional worker (not unlike a Traffic Manager):

“…. famous for his intimidating ‘eye’ — a fixed, hypnotic stare as he crouches low and creeps up on the sheep.”

Or an unsuspecting Art Director

“…. superior intellect…”


“… combined with his intensity and obsessive zeal for working, are his most impressive features.”

Admit it, you have to be pretty smart to know the status of 86 projects simultaneously.

“…. sharp-eyed, quick-thinking…”

Proofreading, anyone?

“… fanatical workaholic has been bred for endless miles of sprinting and stop-and-go action.”

Ever seen a Traffic Manager route a hot job through the office? Step aside, people.

“…. constantly thinking, analyzing, and reacting to every tiny movement you make.”

Eyes up here – Now, when will you REALLY be done?

“….passionate gatherers of cars, bikes, joggers…”

And late time sheets

“….You must stay one step ahead of this challenging breed, and most households are simply not up to the task.”

That, my friends, is why the position of Traffic Manager exists. Every agency needs someone who can confidently (and effectively) manage workflow by, “herding the sheep.”

Now, go pat your Traffic Manager on the back — not the head — and say, “good job!”

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