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Issue #12 - Choose me? Be woke and your kind of "mad"

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July 31 · Issue #12 · View online
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“But I don’t want to go among mad people,“ Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
We choose daily - our breakfast, our route to work, our employer, our career path - whether we are making a conscious choice is a different question.
"I choose to” was an a-ha concept to teach in the 7 Habits class because it takes us back into the driver’s seat by giving the choice of our response, approach or making a change.
Being aware of having a choice, in no way negates that there are motivators towards a particular option (salary, proximity, status expectations) but rarely - and certainly in the context of “work for pay” situations - are we forced to do anything. We can make difference choices - and they will have different consequences.
Not only do we have the power to choose, we do it constantly. Yet rarely to we call into mind that we do have options - over time our once active choice becomes like a self-evident homeostasis where many find it hard to break out of.
This is a very powerful a-ha because by actualizing we have a choice, we (re-?)assume our power for the situations (work, relationships, mode of transportation) we find ourselves in.
It stimulates the question - given the choice, would you choose this career path, this organization, this team?
In the realm of professional empowerment, employee engagement and best place to work, it is the goal to hear a resounding yes (or yes, for the most part) ala “These people are mad - but my kind of mad”. This week we look at what inspires the “yes” is very personal and how we get to a yes because our values, aspirations and aptitudes to match-up.

Best for Who?
Who Is Really The Best Employer? Making Sense Of 'Best Place To Work' Lists – JOSH BERSIN Who Is Really The Best Employer? Making Sense Of 'Best Place To Work' Lists – JOSH BERSIN
How to Define and Build a Great Organizational Culture in 2018
Signs Of A Positive Workplace | Monster.com
Fight for it?
The Future of Work Podcast With Jacob Morgan |
"Gotta have it?" Motivators in Context
TED Radio Hour by NPR "The Money Paradox"
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | TED Talk
Side-bar Excursion
If you want to know more about some occupational psych theories around what influences choices people make, I recommend looking into action-oriented versus state-orientation (action-control theory from Kuhl) as well as perceived control. This can help address how are we creating brave spaces in our organizations where plurality thrives.
Try to Resist Misinterpreting the Marshmallow Test - Behavioral Scientist
Question of the Week
What makes “irresistible work” for you personally and professionally?
Try taking the time for this question not just before entering the workforce but revisiting it as you make your journey through your life: It is very powerful in terms of how “woke” you are.
Be woke, be mad ala Alice and the Cheshire Cat and have a great week!
My best regards,
Liz

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Elizabeth Lembke, Transforming Talent Consulting: www.transformingtalent.co and www.transformingtalent.de