Well I’ll admit it, I was one of the students that didn’t read the first YPSG assignment. I got confused by the folder, was unobservant, and it cost me 0.4 points. I’m saying this in the spirit of being translucent, which I learned was important by reading the book in the last week. I figured I would use this weeks blog as an opportunity to digest what was read a little bit.
It seemed to me that there were a couple of key ideas that were used throughout the book. One was to be self aware, and one was to ask questions. Being self aware it seems can keep you out trouble. By knowing what you stand for, who you want to be, what you want to be known for, etc. you can more easily chose the actions that will uphold your ideals and values. Others will also quickly catch on to your values and will not ask you to do things that go against your values. Asking questions seemed to be important in the examples she gave of someone witnessing wrong doings in the workplace. She recommended asking questions of yourself to make sure you weren’t jumping to conclusions, asking an outside opinion from someone, and then even when confronting the person, using neutral questions to better talk to them instead of accusations.
What I also found to be interesting about the book was the seemingly endless amount of examples she gave for how people get themselves into bad situations, and how others get people into bad situations. Especially for the latter, its scary to see how we can be forced into a seemingly no win situation by a superior or worse a family member or friend. This book pokes several holes in my original story of self which stated that I thought I would be able to make the right decisions because I am a moral person. Gunsalus posed several situations where I would have no idea what to do. One interesting real life situation was with the two lawyers that had a signed murder confession from a client, but couldn’t release it due to client confidentiality laws. I would feel so guilty knowing that the falsely accused was sitting in prison while I had their get out of jail free card, but couldn’t play it for them.
I will definitely be telling Marc I would like to hold on to this book. I think its value is not in the one time reading of it, but in having it in your library to refer back to in trying times. I do not want to wind up like a lot of the people in her proposed situations that do not know where to turn. This book will at the very least give basic guidance and a starting point of action, something I could see being very important in a tough situation.