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Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine ( the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers )

Today the topic is: Practical Applications for the Wakefield Doctrine in the Workplace.

Situation A: You come to work on time and you work hard every day. You are friendly enough to your cubicle mates, but for the most part you keep to yourself. Your job entails the type of work where you are given a set number of assignments by a superior and then are left to complete the work on your own.  On the typical day your work is so simple (for you) that you usually get it all done way, way too early in the day so often you will devote your spare time at work, researching things that interest you in your own private life. One day your immediate supervisor walks by your cubicle as you are reading the Wakefield Doctrine. You explain to your supervisor that you have everything already done, he says “Thats alright, no problem” does not appear to be  upset. Two days later you get called into your supervisor’s office and you are fired.
According to the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers:

  • which of the three types are you?
  • which of the three types is your supervisor?
  • what could you have done differently to avoid getting fired?

Situation B: You are hired as the Manager of the Outreach staff of a large corporation that provides social services and  resources to municipalities and  institutions. You are naturally gregarious and out-going, you have a knack for dealing with people and feel that your sense of humor is one of your most valuable assets. The CEO of this company suggested you for the position, however, you find that the staff you are to manage is comprised of people who have been in the same jobs for many years (and have had many Managers before you). You decide to open your first staff meeting with a video clip of the first 10 minutes of the Eddie Murphy in concert movie, ‘Raw’. Of the staff of 10 people,  3 get up and walk out of the meeting, including the ‘de facto’ manager, (a woman who has been with the company since it was a start-up); the rest of your new staff stays on, laughing and enjoying the video clip and ultimately ‘getting’ the points that you intended in your use of this video. Overall a successful meeting, morale is clearly high. Two days later you get called to the CEO’s office for a meeting,  (the ‘de facto’ manager from your staff is there) and you are asked to explain your first meeting or submit your resignation.
According to the Wakefield Doctrine:

  • which of the three types are you?
  • which of the three types is the ‘de facto manager’?
  • what can you do or say to the CEO to avoid losing your job?

Lets see what this gets us for input and we will continue our discussion using the Comments.

And in return for DownSpring glenn’s selfolution on Saturday Night’s Drive:

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clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one

Comments

  1. AKH says:

    Hey all of you new readers! I know you can get this. And even if you don’t it’s a great opportunity to start to begin feeling confident (about the Doctrine). That’s what happened to me initially when I started to comment. I didn’t always get the “choice” of the three personalities (clarks, scotts and roges) correct. But the responses to my comments made by the Progenitor and Downsprings always explained why (in a non-condescending way-the Doctrine does not judge) which in turn gave me more insight.

    So give it a shot. You’ll never feel confident about your knowledge and understanding of the Wakefield Doctrine if you don’t. I’m rooting for you!

  2. Downspring#1 says:

    You are in an excellent position AKH as way of example for the “hesitantee”, so go ahead and give them/us the answer to one of the situations. Your choice A or B. Show our readers new and old that it is not rocket science! You know it’s not, I know it’s not.

    What I do know is that the Wakefield Doctrine is real, it is verifiable and yes, a bit daunting at first. One can extrapolate infinitum if one is so inclined.(clarks) But come on. We’ve read the posts, read the comments. The proof is in the pudding as they say. We had a rather nice guest post by the Progenitor roger recently who opened up a conversation in which everyone could participate… “Let’s all go to the parlor, let’s all go to the parlor……”

  3. clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

    (I will weigh in with a characteristically obscure, erudite and pre-pompus answer), the Correct Answer is “42”

  4. Downspring#1 says:

    We knew that AKH did we not? LOL

  5. AKH says:

    “42” lol

    for those of you who were going to comment which is your choice (clark, scott or roger) and were mis-led or confused by the answer “42”, forget that (has nothing to do with numbers). your first reaction (clark, scott or roger) is probably the correct answer so let us know.

    btw, that clarkscottroger guy is quite often “characteristically obscure.” that (among other things) is what makes him a clark

  6. AKH says:

    1. scott

    2. roger

    3. (what the fuck are they calling me in here for…shit, i’ll have to play nice) quite frankly i’m surprised to be here. i believe that the meeting was an overall success. i think that the medium (comedy) was a breath of fresh air. it certainly caught and held the attention of the attendees and created a new relatability for them. i have always found that leading in with a video creates curiousity to see “what comes next.” comedy almost always grabs (most) people’s attention. in my mind it was quite succesful.

  7. AKH says:

    btw, that’s situation B

  8. AKH says:

    and the answer to #3 is a scott

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