Herding cats is a business term used to describe the task of organizing and controlling entities like people and systems known for being uncontrollable and even chaotic. Due to the unpredictable and independent nature of felines, cat herding captures the idea of controlled chaos perfectly. Does running your business feel like you’re working on a cat ranch?
There are several feline traits that translate well into the world of business. Cats are confident, cute, and agile. Cats are also extremely territorial and independent creatures, which makes the task of gathering cats together for the purpose of accomplishing a single goal (cat herding) nearly impossible.
In 2010, IKEA did some cat herding of their own when their marketing department had the bright idea to release 100 house cats inside of one of their warehouse-sized furniture stores and film the results. Meow, as you can imagine, the final version of the advertisement is mega-cute and makes you want to go, “Awww.”
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