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1 CHAPTER 4 Discover Your Voice: Unopened Birth-Gifts Understanding Our First Birth-Gift: The Freedom to Choose Between stimulus and response is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness. No matter what has happened, there is a space between those events and our responses to them. If there is even a fraction of a second between stimulus and response, that space represents our power to choose our response to any situation. The key is to enlarge our freedom to choose space. What is the size of your reaction space? Circle the letter that best describes how you would react in these situations: 1. A co-worker comes into your cubicle at 5 p.m. with an urgent request for you to put together a pricing bid for a presentation he is making the next morning. He does not ask you if you are in the middle of something or are on your way out of the office. He simply expects you to stay late and help him with the numbers. How would you typically react? a. Calmly listen to his needs and suggest some other alternatives to working late. b. Sympathize with your co-worker by saying, Wow, that s a tough situation. I ve been in that one before. I really feel for you. But unfortunately, I won t be working late tonight. You leave for the day. c. Instantly become offended and angry that he would expect overtime and extra work from you. You get up and leave your cubicle for the day and tell him it s his problem. 2. Your son asks to talk to you about extending his curfew hour. You ve discussed his curfew three times already. You are tired of discussing the topic and wish he would just respect your wishes that he be home by 10 p.m. on school nights. How would you typically react? a. Ask your son why he wants to talk about his curfew again seeking to understand his needs and potentially changed circumstances. b. Tell your son that you really don t want to spend hours rehashing the topic of curfew again. You refuse to talk to him about it. Instead, you tell him that he can stay out until midnight tonight only.

2 c. You let out an exasperated sigh and tell him, I am sick of talking about this! You come home when I tell you. Case closed! 3. During your performance review with your boss, she tells you that several of your co-workers have complained that you are difficult to work with and aren t willing to put in any extra effort. You are surprised because you haven t perceived a problem with your team. How would you typically react? a. You listen to what your boss has to say, then calmly ask for an example of the behavior she is referencing. You brainstorm solutions to the perceived problem. b. You are hurt and stunned. You don t want you boss to think you are unprofessional, so you remain quiet throughout the remainder of the performance review. You silently vow to stay away from your co-workers and work independently for awhile. c. You become defensive and demand, Who said that? I want names and examples. I put in a lot more effort than half the people in this department. No one truly realizes my contribution! Total amount of letters you circled: Very large freedom to choose space a b c Medium freedom to choose space Small freedom to choose space

3 CHAPTER 5 Express Your Voice: Vision, Discipline, Passion, Conscience Part 1: Find Your Voice Summary List two or three primary roles in your life (within a family, community, or organization for which you work). What need do you sense in each of these roles? For each need you listed, answer the following questions: Circle One: Do you possess a true talent that, if disciplined and applied, could meet the need you listed? Yes No Does the opportunity to meet the need tap into you passion? Yes No Does your conscience inspire you to take action and become involved? Yes No If you can answer each question in the affirmative, will make a habit of developing a plan of action, and will then go to work on it, you will begin to find our true voice in life a life of deep meaning, satisfaction, and greatness.

4 CHAPTER 6 Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice (The Leadership Challenge) Predicting Four Chronic Problems and Their Acute Symptoms Using a whole-person paradigm of human nature gives you an uncommon ability to explain, predict, and diagnose the greatest problems in your life and in your organization. When managers possess inaccurate and incomplete paradigms of human nature, they design systems (e.g., communications, recruiting, reward and compensation, and training) that fail to draw out the full potential of people. This creates a misalignment with the organization s core mission, values, and strategy. How would this misalignment manifest itself? What happens if an organization fails to align its systems around one of the elements of the whole-person paradigm? What acute symptoms would you notice in an organization that is missing focus in: Body (Misalignment): Mind (No shared vision/values): Heart (Disempowerment): Spirit (Low trust):

5 Do you work in an organization that is missing one of the whole-person elements above? If yes, which one? What can you do to improve your organization s focus on this element?

6 CHAPTER 7 The Voice of Influence (Be a Trim Tab) Becoming a Trim Tab Reread the story of the Twenty Group on pages Have you noticed something in your organization you would like to change? Describe it here. How can you exercise your moral authority, initiative, empathy, and influence to make this change? What things are outside your Circle of Influence? What things are within your Circle of Influence?

7 CHAPTER 8 The Voice of Trustworthiness (Modeling Character and Competence) Living the Three Facets of Personal Character Character Rate yourself on how well you are currently living the three facets of personal character integrity, maturity, and the Abundance Mentality by circling the rating that best describes you. (For definitions of these terms, see pages 149 and 150 of The 8 th Habit.) 5 = I consistently demonstrate this trait. 4 = Most of the time I demonstrate this trait, with a few exceptions. 3 = Sometimes I demonstrate this trait, but in fewer than half of my interactions. 2 = Once in a while I remember to demonstrate this trait. 1 = This is a trait I need to work on. Circle One: Integrity Maturity Abundance Mentality Now let s look at the competence side of personal trustworthiness. Competence Rate yourself on how well you are currently living technical competence, conceptual knowledge, and interdependency by circling the rating that best describes you. (For definitions of these terms, see page 151 of The 8 th Habit.) 5 = This is a skill I possess and consistently. 4 = Most of the time I use this skill, with a few exceptions. 3 = Sometimes I use this skill, but in fewer than half of my interactions. 2 = Once in a while I remember to use this skill. 1 = This is a skill I do not possess. Circle One: Technical Competence Conceptual Knowledge Interdependency

8 Trustworthiness is the confidence you and others have in your character and competence. To lead in the 21 st century, you will be required to have both. Given a choice, why would people follow you as a leader?

9 CHAPTER 9 The Voice and Speed of Trust Making Deposits into the Emotional Bank Account List below several things you could do that would be a deposit into another person s Emotional Bank Account. Remember, it is only a deposit if the other person views it as such. Important Relationship in Your Life Deposits You Could Make into His or Her Emotional Bank Account This Week

10 CHAPTER 10 Blending Voices: Searching for the Third Alternative Obtaining the Skill Set to Reach the Third Alternative Recruit another person to do this experiment together. 1. You (and only you) look at the picture on page 194 for one second. 2. Without looking at it yourself, let the other person see the picture on page Both of you look at the picture on page What do you both see in the final picture? A picture of a young lady or a saxophone player? Which one of you is right? 5. Talk with the other person to understand what he or she sees. Listen carefully and try to see what he or she is seeing. 6. Once you understand the other person s point of view, explain yours to him or her. Help him or her see what you re seeing.

11 CHAPTER 11 One Voice: Pathfinding Shared Vision, Values and Strategy Co-Missioning Re-read the statement of former Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company president, Horst Schulze, on pages Then re-read the section called Empowering Mission Statements on pages Now choose a project that involves other people for whom you have leadership responsibility. Choose one person with whom you would like to co-mission on the project. Identify together the four needs of the organization on this project: Survival (financial health BODY) Growth and development (economic growth, customer growth, innovation of products and services, increasing professional and institutional competency MIND) Relationships (strong synergy, strong external networks and partnering, teamwork, trust, caring, valuing differences HEART) Meaning, integrity and contribution (serving and lifting all stakeholders: customers, suppliers, employees and their families, communities, society making a difference in the world SPIRIT)

12 Now explore and identify together the four needs of your team member: Survival (economic prosperity BODY) Growth and development (MIND) Relationships/love (HEART) Meaning, integrity and contribution (SPIRIT) Finally, design the team member s involvement in the project by exploring together how the four needs of the organization can overlap with four needs of that individual so that the genius and commitment of the whole person can be enabled to achieve the desired results of the organization.

13 CHAPTER 12 The Voice and Discipline of Execution: Aligning Goals and Systems for Results Focusing on the Results The key to the principle of alignment is to always begin with the results. Ask yourself the following questions about your organization: What kind of results are you getting in the marketplace? Are your stakeholders happy with the return on their investment? What about your employees? Are they happy with the return on their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual investments? What about suppliers? What about the community? Do you have any sense of social responsibility toward children, schools, the streets, the air and water, or the context in which your employees work and raise their families? How do your results from your stakeholders, employees, and customers measure up against world-class standards?

14 CHAPTER 13 The Empowering Voice: Releasing Passion and Talent Analyze an Effective Win-Win Situation Win-Win Agreements are an effective way to clarify expectations, change our thinking to mutual benefit, and build commitment around desired results. Think about something you ve done a project or job that went smoothly and for which you got great results. Why did you have confidence in that area? For the project or job you identified above, list what the six win-win elements would have looked like if you had created a formal agreement.

15 CHAPTER 14 The 8 th Habit and the Sweet Spot Examining the Six Core Drivers in Action Choose two of the six core drives below and describe a specific time in your current or past company, department, or team when that driver was executed well or not executed well. Clarity Commitment Translation Enabling Synergy Accountability What reasons contributed to those core drives being executed well or not being executed well? What was in your Circle of Influence with those core drivers?

16 PLAN OF ACTION: Identify a current project for which you have responsibility and write down a plan of action for accomplishing all six drivers: Clarity Commitment Translation Enabling Synergy Accountability

17 CHAPTER 15 Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Others Distinguishing How to Become a Servant-Leader Think of a leader (formal or informal) in your life who adopted the attitude of servantleader, one who served, supported, and contributed. What attitudes or actions first let you know that he or she was a servant leader? What was your reaction to this leadership style? What were your initial thoughts or feelings? How did this management style affect your actions? What results were attained that might not have been possible without this servantleader model? How can you become a servant-leader? What attitudes or actions will you have to change?

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