Choice Theory, developed by William Glasser, MD., provides an explanation of motivation which is markedly different from what many of us have been taught. A central aspect of Choice Theory is the belief that we are internally, not externally motivated. While other theories suggest that outside events "cause" us to behave in certain predictable ways, Choice Theory teaches that outside events never "make" us to do anything. What drives our behavior are internally developed notions of what is most important and satisfying to us. Our "Quality World Pictures," these internally created notions of how we would like things to be, are related to certain Basic Needs built into the genetic structure of every human being. The Basic Needs which provide the foundation for all motivation are: to be loving and connected to others; to achieve a sense of competence and personal power; to act with a degree of freedom and autonomy; to experience joy and fun; and to survive.
Another major concept in Choice Theory is the notion that we always have some choice about how to behave. This does not mean that we have unlimited choice or that outside information is irrelevant as we choose how to behave. It means that we have more control than some people might believe and that we are responsible for the choices we make.
Knowingly or not, humans constantly compare their perception of the world with how they would like it to be, their current Quality World picture. Consciously or not, they determine if their current behavior is the best available choice to take them in the direction they want to go. When people learn to apply the principles of Choice Theory, they are taught how to more consciously self-evaluate so that the behaviors they choose have the best chance of helping them achieve what they want in ways that are responsible.
Creating a Workforce That Willingly, Wholeheartedly and Happily Chooses Effectiveness (Part 1)
Creating a Workforce: Understanding the World’s Only Two Psychologies (Part 2)
Creating a Workforce: Tap Into Employee Strengths to Be A Better Manager Now (Part 3a)
Creating a Workforce: Tap Into Employee Strengths to Be A Better Manager Now (Practical Thoughts) (Part 3b)
Creating a Workforce: Psychology 2: Choice…Increasing Productivity through Choice and Collaboration (Part 4a)
Creating a Workforce: Psychology 2: Choice…Increasing Productivity through Choice and Collaboration (Part 4b)
Creating a Workforce: Leadership Management Versus Boss Management (Part 5 and Series Conclusion)