Considering consequences C

After you list all the possible options for solving your problem, you need to contemplate the most likely outcomes for each of those options. We're not asking you to be a fortuneteller. Obviously you can't "know" how your solutions will turn out, but you can make a reasonably good guess. So take your best shot at evaluating what you think is most likely to happen. Worksheet 12-8 shows what Derrick comes up with.

Worksheet 12-8 Derrick's Situation, Options, and Consequences: S.O.C.

Situation: I'm not happy with my job. I want more responsibility and the pay and recognition that go along with it. I've been here for six years, and I'm still doing the same things I was when I got here. I don't think the problem is a lack of skills; I'm pretty confident about my talent. One of the books I've read suggests that maybe I haven't been assertive enough and made myself known around here. This issue keeps me up at night, so it's quite important.

Options

Likely Consequences

I can look for another job.

I could, but the economy sucks, and this is actually a good company. I would lose my seniority here, and I'm not sure I'd find something a lot better:

I can work on my assertiveness skills — maybe take a Dale Carnegie class and go to Toastmasters.

It took me a while to realize this, but learning assertiveness and speaking skills may help a lot. The people who've done well here are a lot more sociable than I am.

I can ask for a meeting with my supervisor and discuss my concerns.

I've done a little of this, and it got me nowhere. Maybe after I learn to be more effective it will work better

I can do nothing about work and try to find pleasure in outside pursuits.

I spend more time at work than anywhere else, and that's how I like it. I need to solve the work problem first.

I could go into business for myself.

Someday this would be nice, but right now, I'd run a high risk of going bankrupt without better financing.

I could tell the boss off.

Sounds very, very tempting, but this could easily get me fired. Not a smart idea.

I could get even more education and training in order to impress the higher-ups.

I already have a masters degree. I haven't seen evidence of more education getting people that far here.

I could network and politic at work more than I do. I could start by attending all those stupid company picnics and parties.

This fits in with my other idea about assertiveness. I think it actually has a pretty darn good chance of working. I won't particularly like doing it, and I'll feel uncomfortable, but it's likely to pay off.

Fill out your own situation, options, and consequences form.

1. Write down your problematic situation in Worksheet 12-9. (This time, feel free to abbreviate your situation — you're probably pretty familiar with it by now.)

2. Briefly list your options from Worksheet 12-7 in the left-hand column.

3. Contemplate what you think are the most likely consequences or outcomes for each option, and write them in the right-hand column.

Worksheet 12-9 My Situation, Options, and Consequences: S.O.C.

Situation:

Options

Likely Consequences

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