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Author Topic: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
Igor-
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Post How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: February 16, 2012, 03:06

The subject is the question. Let's say, someone is an extreme options person. What is a way to make them to comfortably follow a procedure?

Any thoughts?

Igor

Michelle
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Post Re: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: February 17, 2012, 09:12

I would be interested in the answer too as I know I'm an extreme options person. Saying that I must also follow procedures in some areas of life or I would never get anything done.

Not much help, but I am interested in people's thoughts

Michelle

Janice-
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Post Re: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: February 17, 2012, 12:11

Well I'd be wondering first of all what outcome you might want - can it not be more appropriate or skilful to work with the naturnal/learned pattern? Second, I often think the task is for us to be able to put things in way which appeal to the language pattern of the other person. So I guess then if I wanted to help them to be able to think more procedurally, I might taper my initial conversation with them to an options pattern, and then pace and lead them towards a little procedural. That's off the top of my head, I like the question.

Igor-
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Post Re: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: March 1, 2012, 02:05

Let's say you have to work with someone (a software developer in this case) who has to act on an email or a to do item. He puts it in the back burner and forgets to deal with it, or even to respond to the email. Another example. An agreed upon process is never to break an email thread where a particular topic is discussed. He would frequently break it and start a new email, instead of hitting the reply button. It seems, he has trouble following a procedure. What would be a way to deal with it?

Rodger-
Bailey
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Post Re: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: March 6, 2012, 09:50

There are several thought I have for this topic thread.

1) I 'started out' as a computer programmer and I'm extremely options. So, I (in many ways) live this difficulty.

2) Many years ago I had severe heart problems and I had to go onto a rigid exercise regimen. As an options person this was difficult to follow. An exercise program needs to be followed procedurally to be effective at achieving the outcome. So, I searched in my life to find a context in which I was already procedural so I could insert the exercise regimen into that aspect of my life.

It turned out that I was procedural from the moment I woke up until I had finished my shower and gotten dressed for the days work. So, I started getting up, putting on my exercise clothes, driving to the gym, following the exercise regimen, and then returning home to shower. This process worked great and I got my heart back into a healthy state.

3) More about computer programmers. The task of the computer programmer is to take some procedures which a person would follow and cause a machine to follow those procedures for the person. So, to be successful, computer programmers need to honor and respect procedures, even if it is difficult for them to follow them personally.

But, if you are asking a computer programmer to follow procedures, you may find a lot of natural resistance from them. I would never use the word 'procedures' in talking with them about the behavior you want them to perform.

I might show them the difficulty you have in maintaining the information of the thread when someone doesn't reply in the proper form.

I might show them the ticklers I use to keep me remembering my To Do items, because I do have difficulty remembering all that I have lined up to accomplish.

Rodger

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Post Re: How to make or help an extreme Options person to follow procedures?
on: March 6, 2012, 17:54

Rodger, Thanks! This was really helpful.

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