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GSO Members Attend Leadership Workshop

As presented by GSO President Chris Sutton to the Graduate Faculty Organization, March 20, 2008:

Totally Responsible Person (TRP) is a workshop that promotes staying positive and becoming responsible for your own actions.
I quote from the brochure: "The essence of becoming a TRP is to transfer to our minds the control which our emotions have over words, thoughts, and deeds."
TRP was developed and it presented by an attorney, Thomas White, and a physician, Sanford Danziger.
The workshop has been attended by over 100,000 people and these include leaders from companies such as Coca-Cola, JR Reynolds, and the list goes on and on. While I was there, the Winston Salem Police Department leaders were there, including their chief. Also, leaders from Carolina Medical Center were there.

Some of the themes that I took away from this:

  • Emotional Quotient (EQ) is more important than Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
  • We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can choose our response to circumstances
  • Translate anger into action
  • The opposite of the TRP is "Victim Mentality"

Here are some sayings of the "Victim Mentality":

  • Look what you made me do
  • It's not my fault
  • I don't have enough time
  • I've been abused all my life
  • Life is really difficult for me
  • It's the system

In contrast, here are some quotes of famous TRPs in history:

  • Helen Keller: "I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and my God."
  • Viktor Frankl: "... the men who walked through the huts comforting others..offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms: to choose one?s attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one's own way." (from Man's Search for Meaning)
  • As stated by Dolly Parton in Straight Talk: "Get off the cross, somebody might need the wood."

I think that everyone can find their own personal meaning from the message of the TRP workshop. For me, it increased my awareness of what I really knew, which is that negative attitudes not only sabotage your own efforts but they sabotage the efforts of our team or our organization. Taking responsibility for your own actions and encouraging other to take responsibility for theirs will enable a lifetime of learning and personal growth.