The Oz Principle, Part 1

kindlyminnowNetworking and Communications

Oct 26, 2013 (4 years and 18 days ago)

84 views

Theme:
The Oz Principle, Part 1

What it Means to be “Below the Line”

Week of
February 27, 2012


The Oz Principle of empowerment vs. victimized is a key ingredient in the Aegis
recipe
.

It exists
to help create awareness
that we all can


at times


be pes
simistic and negative. Once
we

have this awareness,
we

make better choices

in our
responses

that will give
us more control of
our lives. Next week, we will focus on

what it means to be

“Above the Line”.


Monday

To be ‘below the line’ means you are a powe
rless victim. The characters in
The Wizard of Oz

thought of themselves as
powerless victims of circumstance. They believed that only Oz could solve all their problems. All along, they themselves
had the
power to solve their problems.
Like them, we
can

also

believe that someone or something is in control of our
destiny. When we give up control over our lives, we
may
become bitter
, angry and unhappy. The Aegis workplace
encourages every staff member to take control
,

and help create a place where people

want to come to work.


Tuesday

Have you ever met someone who can suck the joy and happiness out of a situation just by walking in the room?
They
are unhappy victims

who
think they
have no control over their lives.

Here are some clues to help
us

recogniz
e
if

we

become
stuck

in the victim cycle:



We
find
oursel
v
es

pointing fingers and blaming others.



We

feel
we

have no control over our present circumstances.



O
ur discussions of problems focus more on what
we

cannot do
, rather than what
we

can do.



We

frequent
ly waste time and energy criticizing
the

company,
the

boss,
the

coworkers.



We

feel
we

are being treated unfairly and
we
don’t think
we

can do anything about it.


Wednesday

The greatest
threat to our

society today is the current cult of victimization.
Feel
ing like a victim comes from believing that
you
cannot become what
you wan
t

to become because
of your

circumstances. In essence, this attitude of
being a victim

prevents a person from growing and developing. Looking back at
the theme 2 weeks ago
,
Be a Cl
ass Act
, anyone with a
victim mentality cannot be a class act.


Thursday

C
onsider the following
descriptions

of behavior and

ask yourself if you see
any of your own or Aegis’ behavior in them:

Ignore or deny that a problem exists: Point fingers when some
thing bad happens: Tell your coworkers, “It’s not my job”:
Cover your tail so no one will think you were part of the problem: Just wait and see if the problem will go away.
These

responses will
n
ever result in solving the problems we face.


Friday

and
the Weekend

Remaining in the victim cycle not only ignores the real problem but leads to increasingly poor results. Victims create
unhappy work environments. They tend to organize “gripe groups” where complainers convince themselves they have
been wronge
d. If morale is low
,
find

the victims

and
work with them to be accountable and empowered
.


Stand Up Activity for the Week

Ask staff to be introspective each day and determine if their responses to adversity will contribute to solving the problems
they fa
ce, or simply be complaining.