Monday, March 28, 2011

Choices: Where to focus our efforts

I have received a lot of good advice in my life. Near the top of the list is “Life is not made by the dreams that you dream, but by the choices you make.” Your life today is the sum of all the choices you have made up to this point.
We need to embrace the things that are excellent. In any given situation we have a whole continuum of choices – ranging from really rotten choices, to the mediocrity of average, to good and then those that are truly excellent. How can we move across this continuum past our natural impulses all the way to excellent choices?
Often it’s challenging to make the most excellent choice, especially when there aren’t many others joining us. Sometimes the process of making the right choices may feel as if our own desires and freedoms have been suppressed. However, in our personal life choices that are focused on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control seem awfully good standards for which to aim.
And in the work world I like sincerity, honesty, engagement, process excellence, integrity, self control, humility, respect for others and the energetic work needed to accomplish what we are paid to do.
What would you like to add to this list to make it personal for you?
The Doc


1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike. It was great meeting and listening to you at the recent Joint Services Safety Professional Conference in San Diego.

    Regarding your blog post on Choices, I agree wholeheartedly about making the excellent choice. Frequently when faced with a decision we won't know which choice is the excellent choice until after our choice is made and it is too late. We need to do some homework first. Too often we make choices without the rigor needed and find that there were unintended consequences of our supposedly 'excellent' choice.

    The homework I speak of is first, to take the systems view of the issue, which frequently requires gathering SMEs and major stakeholders. We need to get out of our linear thinking mode and find as many of the potential ramifications and impacts of each possible choice in our decision. Secondly, as part of the systems thinking process, we need to identify ALL parties or stakeholders that could possibly be impacted by our choices and assess these impacts with regard to harm or benifit. The identificaiton of stakeholders has to go beyond those that are in the here and now and include those who may be impacted in the years to come.

    Once we get in the habit of doing this for the issues that we have time to do a robust study for, the practice will become easier and we can employ it even when rapid decisions are necessary.

    The systems approach and concern for the impact on ALL stakeholders will help to more often make the excellent choice when a decision is called for.

    Keep up the great work!

    Dr. Randy Humiston,
    Navy Center for Information Dominance Detachment, Monterey, CA

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