Priorities LO18721
Fri, 24 Jul 1998 12:59:24 -0500

Replying to LO18693

Winfried Dressler asked:
>What can be done to become clear about your priorities?

In our efforts to help our middle-management people understand themselves
and grow as leaders, we've found the exercise in The Fifth Discipline
Fieldbook useful. Briefly (at page 209), it offers a list of items which
it calls 'values', such as financial gain, meaningful work, status, power
and authority, community. It asks you to take the list of about 60 and
strike items out until you reach just the ten which you find the most
important. Then strike out a couple more. Then a couple more, until you
have only one.

When I went through this exercise, I cheated and ended with a list of a
half-dozen. I took those items and placed them into sentences with this
format: 'I believe that xxx matters because...' For example, I believe
that self-respect plays a predominant role in my values because when I
cannot respect myself, I cannot authentically respect others.

Now (this sounds a little hokey I suppose) I carry the list with me; when
I'm stuck on a decision, I pull out the list, reflect on it a bit, and
then decide what is 'right' given these values.

Michael A

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