a roger, a party (not be invited? don’t be foolish!) the Wakefield Doctrine ( we have all three… lets see what they see)

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory that you all know, you just needed a way to say it and to build  up a little history and tradition)

The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that we all see life from one of three characteristic worldviews:

  1. from the ‘Outside’, trying to understand what you are missing (the clark)
  2. from the senses, the instincts the ‘drive to live’ despite the efforts of the world around you (the scott) and
  3. from the only place there is, the context, by following the only path there is ( the roger).

Since this is the third in a series illustrating how the Wakefield Doctrine can offer advice on meeting new people and how best to make decisions regarding relationships, lets jump to another worldview!

…by looking at  the life of a roger:

  • a roger
  • a party, if there are any people that matter there, you will be one of them
You’re a roger.  You’ve worked very hard to get to where you are today, the (new) Assistant Director/Human Resources of a major Corporation, a job that has been your dream since you were in Elementary School. On trips back to the family home on Holiday, you listen to friends and people you have known all your life tell you how impressed they are with the success you have enjoyed. You smile and say the expected thing about how grateful you are for all their support, but at the same time, you take it all in stride, knowing that you are where you are supposed to be at this point in your life.

Your office is the envy of all the other mid-level Managers. You know that the reason that you have passed your contemporaries on the struggle to climb the Corporate ladder is that you can talk to people. While you take pride in your organizational skills, how you never forget a birthday or an anniversary of anyone you have under your care, you know that it is not just the meticulous personnel files nor the work week organizer, both contributing to your reputation as a formidably efficient Manager. You notice that your schedule ( the private one you have, not the one on the in-house network, the one you keep updated on your phone) is reminding you to visit the employee lounge on the second floor. These seemingly random visits are not just a part of your career strategy, you enjoy talking to most of the people who work in the building, whether it’s small talk about last Summer’s Company outing, or talking sports with the sports fans, it was all part of your routine day.

today’s my birthday… I reserved the private function room at the Calypso Club tonight”  The speaker is one of the new Interns. Fresh out of Business School, this one seemed determined to make his presence known in the Company.  Even as the new Intern starts to turn the attention of the group on your arrival, in a strong, authoritative voice you say, “I believe that the Company Policy doesn’t condone or encourage having parties!
You let the shocked reaction sink in, but before you can follow-up on your statement, the new Intern laughs and says, “Tonight 8:30!”

The first 1/8th of your work day  is spent answering emails and returning calls. You love this part of your job.

The rest of your work day is spent devising plans, formulating procedures and protocols, researching the latest in testing and assessment tools for your Employee Performance Metrics project. On the two coffee breaks that you have programmed into your Daily Planner (10:47 to 11:15 and 2:15 to 3:00) you catch up on your  100 Years War Re-enactors group and send out another request to the Census Department for a copy of the Vital Records for Braxton County, West Virginia . You love  your job.

The last 1/8th of  your work day is spent in meetings with upper Management. The CEO  is someone you tolerate, the story you have heard from nearly everyone is that he single-handedly built the Company and even though he is tyrannical, monomaniacal and abusive, your position with the Company is a good opportunity. The CFO, is also at this meeting because of his  devotion and loyalty (to the Company) and his un-relenting focus on ‘the bottom line’ You find the precise, overly careful, fussiness of this Executive to be admirable,  you look up to him  as a role model and standard of professional excellence. You can’t stand him.
A strange thing happens as you leave the meeting, the CEO turns and says to you, “...that new Intern on the second floor. Your latest hire? Good job! I passed him in the parking garage this morning and he actually invited me to go to some party he’s having at the Calypso Club! That kid is going to go far in this Company.”

…your time at home before having to leave for the party is spent… reading your mail. Finding some new bills in the mailbox, you pour yourself a cup of coffee, take it over to the dining room table and settle in for some relaxing reconciliation. Looking up, you notice you are (nearly) late. Deciding that the party is a good career opportunity, you decide to go with ‘professional causal’ while standing in front of your closet.  “J Crew St Vera, don’t fail me know”, you start laughing and realize that as long as you stick to the plan, things are going to work out just fine.

The final 1/12th of the last 1/3 of your time at home  ….with a sense of determination mixed with optimism and a sense that all in all, things are looking good. You head out to the Calypso Club

(to be continued…)




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


  1. Ok, as I already said I loved seeing the three different personalities at work here. Great job really and you nailed each quite perfectly. Ending with the “Roger” was sure genius and thanks for sharing!!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Thank you, you know you are the first Comment that comes in with each new Post, and I really enjoy the ‘close in’ critique (you know the feeling of having hit ‘publish’ and wondering if there really are people ‘put there’)
      …here is how valued these have become: writing this reply I realize that I did not (yet) take note of how many visits so far this morning! (any new blogger will tell you how unlikely that is…lol)

  2. Hi Clark, I would say that Rogers are quite workaholic! That’s why the least part of the day is spent at home. I admit to being that way too! Thanks for this insight!!!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Very good point! I was talking to my wife this morning (she is a chemist and runs a large Environment Testing Lab… in other words, a roger!) she was saying the same thing, how it is with rogers that a job, a profession very often becomes the identity of a roger. Stay tuned (I may need your rogerian perspective as we follow our three people into the party itself!)

  3. Cyndi says:

    I know so many people like this. Didn’t I read somewhere that most people are rogers? That would be an interesting thing – rogers make up the most part of the population, followed by the scotts and followed by the clarks – right? Interesting post and I’ll be interested to see the results of the party. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Totally correct. Current thinking has the percentage of rogers as being on the order of 66% with scotts and clarks making up the balance.
      The (rogers) seem to constitute a good percentage of the demographic of ‘real jobs’ lol not to mention ‘middle management’! saying that middle management is highly rogerian is almost redundant…
      Well, I have all three headed to the party…I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

  4. Kate Hall says:

    Boy, that’s interesting that most people are Rogers. I’m the anti-roger. I think I avoid them.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …you can try. lol So we don’t get calls and comments from the rogerian anti-defamation league… not that they would organize a league, well, actually they would! not that they would try an criticize you…well, maybe, a little …
      Rogers are interesting.

  5. Molly Molly M. says:

    Ugh! I just realized it is Saturday!
    There was a party. I was invited. All it took was a phone call to participate, and I missed it!

    Oh well, with all the rogers around, I probably wasn’t even missed. ;) j/k

    I talked with my husband (also a clark) for a while tonight, and he is interested in listening in on a phone call sometime. Not necessarily participating… but listening. I won’t tell you when.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      (as a DownSpring) I trust you took notes, at the party. lol We will all be going (metaphorically) to a (allegorical) party in the coming weeks with the current series so hold that thought.
      You were missed on ‘the Drive’ last night, Jennifer and DS. (Funny that…your secondary aspect is now a value thing, as clarks we got and Jennifer gave the scottian aspect…)

      We would surely welcome and encourage your husband’s listenation on a Drive, we always have abetter Drive with more people, but you might (also) want to suggest the Wednesday Show, especially if he would just like to hear bit about the Doctrine (although the Drives are much more…dynamic) either one…cool

      There’s an idea! A special Saturday Night Drive Spouse Night! (the lady on the Drive does not really require a name to be given in order to listen! they could just dial in and hit # without a word) …stay tuned.

  6. Downspring#1 says:

    Funny you should be talking about spouses and whatnot as about 2 weeks ago my own expressed interest in getting answers to a couple of questions. When I said to him “hey, you can ask it yourself” I got “why don’t you just ask the question for me?”. I suggested he listen in on the Sat. Night Call on the extension to start with if he felt “shy”. (acutally he’s a roger. that’s the real explanation) I guarantee if he did this (listen in) he would not be able to not speak. LOL
    Looking forward to a more crowded dashboard!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      it is not so very different from any time one (of a couple) tries to take the other to work, or back to old family home or, god forbid, a school reunion! The enthusiasm of the one can sometimes obscure the legitimate discomfort of going onto a strange setting consisting of people who all know each already and know the inside jokes and such.

      Please re-assure your SO (and to Molly the same) that on the Drive we are all strange, but we have not had a single person come on and say, “screw this this is awful I wish I never came here”.
      Not once.

      …then again, for a little ‘test prep’ they can tune in to BlogTalkRadion Wednesday at 4:00pm EST and sit back and listen.