1. I don’t want to get into trouble – Who wants to work around paranoia…following a set of rules and unquestionably obeying? Not me!
2. I want a reward – this one makes a little more sense to me as it is deal making at its finest. Basically, I’ll do something for you and you’ll do something for me (e.g. the paycheck).
3. I want to please somebody – this one has always gotten me into trouble until I figured out that the only person I need to please is ME!
4. I follow the rules – yes, yes, I do! For instance, it really annoyed me when people surreptitiously snapped pictures in art museums on my recent vacation when it was clearly prohibited.
5. I am considerate of other people – it’s the golden rule, people!
6. I have a personal code of conduct - the highest level of moral development, aka “doing the right thing” (not as easy as it sounds).
So what does this have to do with work? Well, well most of us work for the reward. But as long as we are spending so much time together, wouldn’t it be great to move towards stages 5 and 6? In everything we do?
Maybe I’ll revisit this on December 31. Or on Mardi Gras. Just kiddin’ – I’m starting (er, continuing?) TODAY!
For all teacher/readers out there, do you know about the book Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire? It is by Rafe Esquith and here’s a fun video to pique your interest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77uRQeu_pUQ