Pre-Assess: Can you Produce Results with and through others?
[see answers at bottom]
Situation 12: you are working the evening shift at a local deli, and part of closing is to clean all the stainless cut vegetable bins for the morning shift. You have a date and decide to leave a note for the first arriving co-worker telling them you had to leave and you will make it up them him soon for finishing the cleaning. Driving home from your date you realize this was a bad idea, and you decide to try and fix the problem by:
- Texting the first arriving co-worker that night to apologize for dumping work on him.
- Skipping class the next morning to go clean the bins yourself before anyone arrives.
Situation 13: In your hs physics group project, 3 of your classmates use up 19 of your group’s 20 minutes of presentation time, and you have to cut out almost all of your part of the program, causing you to look bad and probably end up with a lower grade. You respond by:
- Say nothing to the group, but kick yourself for not having the group agree in advance on how distribution of talk time was to be handled so this imbalance didn’t happen.
- Going to the group members and expressing your disappointment that they hogged all the presentation time
Situation 14: You offer to wash your dad’s new car and he accepts but says “please do it the right way”. So you start washing the car by first hosing off dirt, then using a soapy rag beginning from the bottom panels and working your way up. He comes out upset that you didn’t start from the top down. You respond by:
- Asking your dad what are the 3 or 4 most important things he wants in a good car wash, and then requesting that he allow you to meet those requirements using any method you see fit.
- Holding your anger and embarrassment, apologizing, and then washing it as he requests from the top down
Situation 12: B – shows that follow-through is a big part of producing results
Situation 13: A – complaining after the fact isn’t as valuable as learning for future
Situation 14: A – being clear and agreed is more important than finding “one right way”
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