Last summer I found myself sitting in a waiting room at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I was there offering support to my brother who had just undergone surgery (thankfully, with positive results). As I studied the now familiar waiting/training room, I noticed a diagram (I later learned that it is from Mark Samuel’s book Making Yourself Indispensible: The Power of Personal Accountability) that made me wish all of us had learned this lesson.
Most of us travel from one circle to another as we are impacted by daily circumstances. However, some seem to be caught in the cycle of no accountability and are too invested to break free. Being trapped in the clutches of the lower circle leads to stress and pain; not only for the individual, but also for those who are around them. Consider the impact of an employee who worked with someone who is caught in the revolving door. If several people are trapped, they can create gale force strength sucking others into the dreaded space of blame, denial, and rationalization.
As an individual, our instincts may be to offer a rescuing hand to someone trapped in the victim loop. However, as an employer it is wise to identify which circle is home to a job applicant. Fortunately, there are assessment tools available to help.
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Linda Winlock is the owner and President of Personnel Profiling Inc (PersonnelProfiling.com). Established in 1987, Personnel Profiling Inc. provides organizational development, employment assessments and human resource services to companies throughout the nation. Linda has over 25 years of experience working with all types of industries and companies of varying sizes including Trane Heating and Air, Atria Senior Living, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., and many others. Her experience includes many years of Executive Coaching, Interviewing, Team Building and Training. Linda’s formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Louisville with a concentration in counseling psychology. Linda and Members of her team will be ongoing contributors to the Academy Blog.
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