Discipline: The ability to adjust to existing rules, procedures and policy. Finding reinforcement from the right authority when in doubt.
sees the reason in rules and procedures
has no difficulty adapting to existing rules and regulations
understands the importance of obeying rules
wants to receive clear instructions regarding rules, procedures and methods
asks higher management for advice when facing a situation in which existing rules and procedures have to be breached
does not perform actions contrary to his/her position`s rules, procedures, or ethics
stays actively informed about changes in regulations, procedures and methods
clearly recognizes the boundaries of his/her expertise, position and authority
is informed about the organization`s policy and ethics
asks higher management for advice when facing a situation exceeding his/her authority
seeks confirmation with the right authority when in doubt
recognizes situations in which standard procedures should be abandoned
understands that rules and procedures are necessary, yet reflects critically on their feasibility
understands there is a `grey area` in which existing rules and procedures should be followed according to a certain interpretation - within certain limits
Discipline can be easily developed if the candidate has a more than average score (7,8,9) on the drives Conformity and Order & structure.
Were you ever in a situation in which your views did not concur with the views of the organization? What did you do? What was the result?
Everybody knows situations in which procedures can be a nuisance. Could you give an example of such a situation? What did you do to reach your goal?
Could you give an example of a recent situation in which an assignment was not clear to you? What did you do?
Did you ever have a difference of opinion with your superior? What did you do? What was the result?
Create a tangible action plan for the way you want a project to be performed.
Take unexpected events into account in your planning.
Make a clear action scheme for yourself and act accordingly.
Follow rules and regulations at all times in your work.
Write appointments down.
Encourage your candidate to set his own goals and to practise attaining them. Review which goals can and cannot be attained.
Ask your candidate to write down motives that help attain a certain goal and motives that get in the way. Encourage him to find a way to deal with hindering motives constructively.
Assist your candidate in translating targets into SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals.
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