Suppose for a moment that you could survey the world and ask the question, “How are you?” Millions, if not billions would respond with something like “I’m miserable” or “I’m not
doing well” or “I’m not happy.” Certainly, you would hear a lot of comments thematically around “things could be better…if not much better.” A large percentage of those respondents would blame others for their predicament---lovers, wives, husbands, exes, kids, parents, teachers, students, business associates, bosses,etc.
Choice explains that for all practical purposes we choose everything we do and emotionally experience. Other people cannot make us miserable or happy. People give us information to process and opportunities to choose our next course of action. We are much more in control than we may realize or care to admit. So, when our son told our daughter “you’re not the boss of me” he was technically correct. The operational premise of Choice for sons and daughters or management and employees that follows is simple: embrace internal control and responsibility by understanding why and how we make choices that determine our
course. Herein lies personal freedom, healthy boundaries and, therefore, healthier relationships. Personal freedom is a basic human need. Take it away through control, coercion and manipulation and all sorts of problems follow.
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Choice in the Workplace
For most of us work is the defining component of our lives. I’m not making any judgment about that just commenting. When we meet people somewhere early in the conversation we are asked or we ask, “What do you do?” And people answer by naming
their business title and role with a description of their work. Everyone wants to be proud and feel good about what they do.
In fact, everyone wants to be productive. When control psychology is prevalent in the workplace then workers will grow discontent overtime and the results are lower quality work.
Imagine for a moment that there is place in everyone’s life called the “Quality World.” This is a place we have constructed since our birth that defines…more than anything…the most satisfying ways to meet our basic needs. Dr. William Glasser of the Glasser Institute describes those needs as love and belonging, power, freedom and fun. All of our behavior and, therefore our
choices, in any given moment are the best we feel we can do to satisfy these needs. I’ll put it another way. The motivation for all of our behavior is to feel as good as possible as often as possible. It is our Shangri-la and contains 1) the people we most want to be with, 2) the things we most want to own or experience and 3) the ideas and beliefs that govern most of our behavior. As an example, when we allow someone in our quality world (clearly our choice) we are saying that we want them in our life because we believe they will help us meet our needs.
This being said, is work in your quality world? Is your boss or employees in your quality world?
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