The concept of Self-Directed and Other-Directed is that self-directed people believe they have a choice and stay accountable for actions and projects.
While other-directed people believe they have no options but to comply and take revenge on your company and act like a victim.
When you ask a self-directed person to do a task, their thinking is to either agree or disagree with doing it. They accept the consequences of their choice and actions because they feel ownership.
The boundaries do not remove their choosing to behave in a particular manner; they aid in building self-directed behaviors. After they make a choice, the consequences cannot be adequately controlled.
If team members are set up to make choices and learn from experience, positive choices can have adverse effects. When negative consequences occur, the team members can accept them because they were the team members who chose the action (they do not have to like them).
What do you think?
- How do you, as a team leader, establish choice?
- Does your team have a choice in actions? Or are you forcing the illusion of choice?
- What do you know of your team members’ beliefs?
- When was the last time you ask team members for their ideas?
- What behaviors are you as the team leaders showing that illustrate a lack of choice?
- Imagine what would happen in your team when people had the ability to choose. Is it chaos? Is it happiness?
- What choices make you accountable? What choices make you unaccountable?
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