“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.