Lessons for the Workplace
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Bill mostly worked for himself, consulting and advising organizations. Pat mostly worked as a manager in non-profit or governmental organizations. Each mode had its challenges and rewards. Here are a few of the lessons we learned. Some of these are adapted from handouts the Bill made and used with his clients.


Do Don't
  • Use the Carver model for policy governance of non-profit organizations.
  • Notice which thinking mode is in use.
  • Check out the lessons Pat learned from her public service work.
  • Let the Believer Stance dominate discussion of an idea first, but be sure that the Doubter Stance follows up.
  • Learn how to run effective meetings.
  • Understand and notice the dynamics operating within teams and workgroups.
  • Review the Facilitator's Guide for effective group meetings.
  • Follow your dreams. Remember Goethe's saying "Whatever you can do or dream you can - begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!"
  • Fail to focus on priorities
  • Leave interpersonal conflict unresolved. It will fester and eventually blow up.
  • Let the Doubter Stance dominate discussion of ideas at before the Believer Stance is heard.
  • Go to meetings unprepared or without an agenda.
  • Assume you understand what someone is trying to say without getting validation by paraphrasing what you think they meant.
  • Waste time unneccessarily
  • Put your ego first, remember the goal for your work
  • Don't work at a job that's soul destroying. If you're in one, quit!. Figure out how to move into work that is satisfying in terms of doing things that are important to you in life.
  • Remember that money's not that important.
  • Confuse who you are with your job's title.

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