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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    The Project: You're a team lead on a very visible project at work. One of your team members has started turning in work late, which is causing delays. This team member is caring for his elderly parent who has become ill. This team member is the expert in his area, but he has an inexperienced assistant who has offered to fill in. Your boss keeps asking for updates.
    You decide to replace the expert with the assistant.
    When the problem first comes to my attention, I would feel a couple seconds of irritation and paranoia that I'm going to be caught between the expert's need for time off and the boss's desire that the project be completed on schedule. So I would take a couple minutes to review in my mind similar situations from the past (either experienced by me or reported to me by others), to see if I can find precedence for resolving this.

    That trip down memory lane would reassure me that I'm on solid ground to give the expert as much time off as he wants and to go to the boss with a request for an extension on the project or some other fix. Company policy says that employees in need of personal time for family crises should be granted that time; and bosses understand that shit happens and they should have flexibility to deal with that.

    Aside from requesting a deadline extension, my review of past projects would also suggest two other possible fixes: Ask the boss for another expert to be assigned to the project from outside, or replace the expert with his own assistant.

    Based on how he keeps asking for updates, it sounds like the boss is pretty hot to get the project done on time; so I would explore the replacement options first.

    Bringing a second expert aboard the project would probably be the easiest and least disruptive. But the fact that the inexperienced assistant has volunteered to replace the expert would weigh heavily in favor of using the assistant: I like to reward initiative whenever possible. So even though using the assistant might introduce more variables into the equation and lead to more headaches in the long run, I would explore that option first.

    Naturally I would want to cover all the logistics of that arrangement. For example, since the assistant is inexperienced I would need for someone to review his work (the original expert, me, another team member, or an outside expert). I would probably also need another person to do the assistant's original job.

    But assuming that all logistics are doable, the last step would be to make my case to the boss and the team members and get them to buy in on that particular solution. The boss would probably be satisfied with the argument that training assistants to become new experts is an ongoing process, even during projects, and there should be duplication of knowledge and experience so that the team isn't crippled when one member has an emergency. The team members should be satisfied with the argument that using the assistant will ensure the greatest continuity in the project to the extent that the assistant knows the project and knows the original expert's methods. If the original expert doesn't like being pushed aside, I would dicker with him to keep him involved on a part-time basis and give him credit for overseeing and training the assistant to a new level of competency.

    It isn't strictly necessary to come up with reasons for the team members and the original expert to buy in on the proposed solution; I'm comfortable with ruling by fiat and simply ordering people to do things my way. But team members are stakeholders too; and high-pressure projects are a special environment that may require a high degree of consensus within the team; and assuming the team members are good at what they do and they know the expert and his assistant, then they may have some important considerations of their own to contribute to my decision-making process. So I would probably want to get the team members on board with this decision too. And the goodwill earned from the buy-in process is a bargaining chip that can be traded in later when the going gets rough.

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    #1 The Exam: You don't feel like you studied enough for your final exam. You must pass, or you have to retake the class. You're in your desk in class and you see a classmate's notebook open on the floor.

    You decide not to cheat.
    Initial split-second observations/decisions:
    Hmmm there is an open notebook I wonder why it's there? I bet there is someone who is going to be needing that! There is a possibility that someone is using it to cheat! (devil steps in) You didn't study for the test, you need to pass and that person could be you. I wonder if this is some kind of trick? I am going to find out as casually as possible who that notebook belongs to. (The moral dilemma upon finding out the owner of said notebook would probably end there. It would immediately become personalized which is important for me. I will assume for sake of the hypothetical dilemma it's someone I respect/compete with.)

    Wow that's pretty tempting. No I will not cheat if I don't know this information enough to pass this exam then I get what is deserved. I will need to know this if I am going to be successful and it's better to know now then later down the road! Pffft.... besides how many freakin tests have you passed without studying at all? You will pass this test without resorting to cheating anyway. What were you thinking?(Now the fun begins!) You know it will be really interesting to see how this plays out. I am not going to pick it up yet, instead I am going to sit a few desks back. Let's watch to see what everyone else does with this! I wonder who is watching me watch this notebook? I wonder what so-and-so is thinking? YAAA I do see you looking at that notebook....what are you going to do? (gives the "I am not gonna tell look, but I am gonna know".) Anyway it would go very quickly, the integrity would easily outweigh the temptation. The curiosity/ability to watch other people with this situation would be exciting to me and a motivation in itself!!
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    4. Laid-off: You've been laid-off due to a merger. You are not sure when you will find another job as you live in an economically-depressed area. While you are running errands, some obviously poor kids ask you for $20. You decide to give the money to them.
    Using the Thinking process:

    1. I'm not sure if and when I will find another job, but it seems very clear that these kids are in a more disadvantaged state than I am and less likely to find economic relief. In the long run, they need the $20 more right now.

    2. I can always move if I need to, to find work and income. They most likely cannot.

    3. They are kids and still growing and left in poverty have more chance to muck up their lives by doing something stupid, like robbing a store or mugging someone; and if I can spare them that by somewhat alleviating their needs, I will.

    4. Someone showing kindness to them might give them confidence to be kind to others and thus keep their lives from heading down the wrong path to start with.

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    Obviously there are some other things that are not mentioned in the scenario description, that I can imagine would definitely influence my "T" decision:

    • The kids have pulled a gun on me. [It is better to live and lose $20, than to die and have my entire wallet stolen to boot.]
    • I would be looking at their clothes, their behavior, how "skinny and hungry" they look, and comparing it to my needs and the needs of my family -- who are my first priority since I have a literal obligation to them.
    • I would very likely ask what they intend to use the money for. If they need it for food, I am more inclined to take them out for lunch somewhere than just hand them $20 -- to make sure that the money is spent on what they truly need it for and not wasted on something else and also because I know that the time spent with them would probably be even more useful than the money, per se (because that is how human beings work).


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    In the project scenario I am assuming certain things, just like I'm assuming that in the "cheating on a test" scenario that the notes are meaningful, and could be used to an unfair advnatage.

    What I assume about the assistant is that he/she would be slower to ramp up than an outside contactor ( expert ) but that we are concerned that the person with the sick relative was going to worry that they were being replaced - if anyone but the assistant was used. I would opt to bring in a contractor ( again assuming that the contractor knows their stuff and can get up to speed quickly ) and assure the person with the sick relative that we were not replacing him or her ( assuming this is true. )

    One could laugh and say that the contractor will NOT get up to speed quickly, having encountered people like that IRL, but if the assumptions are unclear, then the exercise seems pointless.

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    The Project: You're a team lead on a very visible project at work. One of your team members has started turning in work late, which is causing delays. This team member is caring for his elderly parent who has become ill. This team member is the expert in his area, but he has an inexperienced assistant who has offered to fill in. Your boss keeps asking for updates.
    You decide to replace the expert with the assistant.
    - crap, he's slowing us down..because I want the project to turn out well for all of us, and also for my team to feel good about having me as a leader (my boss too), I must find out why and take action. this is small, and will be solved easliy. i will not let this get in the way of anything. i am not anxious, even though others might expect me to be.

    - ah..so it's family problems.

    - family and friends > work-related things, always. he values family, and so do i. many people also value family. i will not give him a hard time (actually, even if i myself did not value family that much, i still wouldn't give him a hard time because I know what it's like to value something that nobody else does). if he is replaced, he will have more time to care for his family. his parent may get better faster, and if this happens, well that's just one more problem resolved in this world!

    - the assistant is inexperienced, but we can help him along. if he has any problems that we can't solve, then he can phone the expert. maybe the expert can come and check his work once we're near finishing. the assistant will get valuable training from this experience, and we will not have this problem next time. next time, we will have TWO experts!

    - the boss WILL get his updates: i will fake some shit if we really need to. the boss does not need to know about this minor issue unless he asks, telling him would be wasting time anyways, and he's been waiting. it makes me feel good to know that i can solve problems while working in a team with ease, so that the rest of my team can be at ease.

    - i would not enjoy it as much if someone else was the leader anyways. i feel that they may not be as stable or competent enough, or have good intentions for the rest of the team. i prefer to be the leader, so i know that things will be run smoothly and that we can all enjoy the experience.

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    this has been reallllly expanded...the actual thought process would take 2 seconds max.

    i decided to choose this scenario because all the others are about things that i need to give up, and i really have no idea as to what makes me unselfish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    The Exam: You don't feel like you studied enough for your final exam. You must pass, or you have to retake the class. You're in your desk in class and you see a classmate's notebook open on the floor.
    You decide not to cheat.
    I'd have no moral problems cheating at an exam but in the current case, other factors could keep me from doing so.

    In the long run, a diploma showing that I'm skilled in areas where I'm not could possibly do me more harm than good. At a job interview, a potential employer would take my grades into consideration when determining whether I was suitable for the job or not. I'd much rather want people to know that e.g. my german launguage skills sucks and get a job where this was less essential than ending up in a position where I would experience unnessecary stress because other people were dependant on me for filling out a place with skills I didn't have.

    If a brief look at someone elses notes (providing that they were correct in the first place) were enough for me to pass an exam, I'd probably not be that far away from passing in the first place.
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    • The Exam: You don't feel like you studied enough for your final exam. You must pass, or you have to retake the class.
      You're in your desk in class and you see a classmate's notebook open on the floor.

      You decide not to cheat.
    Type. INFP

    Let me try to imagine ~~~
    I'm looking over at his book, I can see some information that would help me, but I am not going to cheat. lol. Not likely...

    Too strange, why is the book on the floor?

    I have noticed the teacher has a really sharp eye, and is always checking out everyone without their realizing it, I know that she values honestly more than me getting the answers right.

    Also, this particular student hates my guts because I am always peering over his shoulder and he has likely set me up, dropping the book, and possibly writing obviously wrong answers in the book. Set up. He might have someone watching me, and it would be easier to spot me looking at the book on the floor than over his shoulder. (because I have perfected the over shoulder peek skill)

    Besides, I am fairly confident that I can bs on test far enough that I will get a passing grade. How else would have I have gotten this far? Surely not on cheating alone. Its probably just "test taking nerves" and because of my constant cheating and constant lack of preparation. And its better to fail the class than get some sort of disciplinary action for cheating... which could render all the time I spent in the school pointless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    1. The Exam: You don't feel like you studied enough for your final exam. You must pass, or you have to retake the class. You're in your desk in class and you see a classmate's notebook open on the floor.
      You decide not to cheat.
    Oh, man, this test is hard. What's this? An open notebook on the floor? Hmmm, I can make out some stuff that's relevant to question #13. What did I answer? Oh, ho. Hmmm, but how can I be sure their work is correct? They probably screwed something up, so I'm going to have to work through it all anyway. Let's see, you take the first equation and flip it like this...........

    I'm borderline P/J but I lean toward INTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Problem/Decision Sets (choose one set only):
    1. The Exam: You don't feel like you studied enough for your final exam. You must pass, or you have to retake the class. You're in your desk in class and you see a classmate's notebook open on the floor.
      You decide not to cheat.
    Ok, I'll choose this one, because it's the only choice I know I would make.

    Reasoning:

    Hmm, I wonder if there's anything useful in there. But I know how attentive people are about cheating, and I can't afford to fail this class if I'm found out. Not only would that ruin my GPA, but I would be horribly embarassed and a reputation for cheating would probably ruin my chances to get into grad school as well.

    This would be enough to make it an easy decision for me, but I could also continue rationalizing that:

    One page of info? Come on, that'd never be enough, even if I have sharp enough eyes to actually read it from so far away. Definitely not worth risking ruining my academic year/career. Not to mention how do I even know it's accurate? Some people are so stupid. I could end up doing better just by reasoning through the question. I've never failed a test in my life, so there's no way I'll fail this one on my own, while I'll definitely fail the test and the course if I'm caught cheating. Bad odds.

    My type: INTP, strong P, moderate I and T, weak N

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    1. The Car: You need to buy a new car. You can afford either a conventional gas car that gets 28 mpg or diesel car that gets 50 mpg but will create three times the amount of air pollution. Both cars are the same otherwise (same size, age, wear, cost, etc).You decide to purchase the conventional gas car.
    Looks like no one tried this one, so I will take a shot at it.

    I would look at the amount I need to drive. Would I save significant amount of money by choosing the diesel car?

    What other "problems/con" came along with the diesel car? Was it harder to start on cold days, for example? Did it smell more? Etc.

    No person singlehandedly can stop pollution, but if everyone did what they could and made a small sacrifice, then all of those little choices would accumulate into a large one just like when everyone chips in a buck, you can buy a really nice present for the boss. And eventually all the bad choices will accumulate as well and my children and other "innocent" people will be paying for my bad decision now.

    I need to set an example if I want things to change. If I do not model the behavior I want to see, there is less impetus for others to change. Also, if I stop buying diesel and so many others do as well, the need drops and production will go down, and perhaps it will encourage business to invest elsewhere.

    And, technically, it does not matter how others choose to react, as long as I can live with myself and my choices.
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