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Performance  &  the  
Obliga3on  Mindset  
Execu3ve  Summary  
Many  people  and  leaders  confuse  the  mental  states  of  obliga'on  and  
responsibility.  
  
Obliga'on  is  the  mindset  of  “have  to,  don’t  want  to.”  In  this  state  one’s  
performance  is  barely  adequate  to  get  a  pass.  One  resents  the  trap  they  
are  in  and  demonstrates  resistance.  
  
Responsibility  is  the  mindset  of  self-­‐empowerment.  One  feels  they  are  
freely  choosing  their  life  and  work.  High  performance  follows,  as  does  
happiness.  
  
  
These  two  
mindsets  
are  easily  
confused  
We  have  
no  choice.    
We  have  to,  
but  we  don’t    
want  to.  
Obliga'on	
  	
  
Mindset	
  
Obliga'on	
  	
  
Mindset	
  
•  Boring  mee3ngs    
•  Meaningless  
paperwork    
•  Required    
in-­‐law  visits	
  
The  Costs  of  the    
Obliga3on  Mindset  
1.  Barely  adequate  
performance  
2.  Resentment  grows  
We  own  this.  
We  can  and  
will  face  It  
and  take  
ac3on.  
Responsibility	
  
Mindset	
  
Responsibility	
  
Mindset	
  
•  Mentally  present  
•  Engaged    
•  Part  of  the  
solu3on	
  
The  Value  of  the    
Responsibility  Mindset  
1.  High  performance  
2.  Happiness  grows  
Think  about  it  
As  a  leader…  
  
No3ce  your  feelings  of  obliga'on  about  your  life  and  
work,  and  the  impact  to  performance  and  happiness.  
  
What  do  your  charges  learn  when  you  demonstrate  
obliga'on,  i.e.,  “I  have  no  choice.  I  have  to”?  
  
How  can  you  lead  from  and  demonstrate  responsibility  
and  nurture  your  charge’s  experience  of  responsibility?  
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  2015	
  Partnerwerks	
  Inc.	
  All	
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  Reserved	
  

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Performance and the obligation mindset

  • 1. Performance  &  the   Obliga3on  Mindset  
  • 2. Execu3ve  Summary   Many  people  and  leaders  confuse  the  mental  states  of  obliga'on  and   responsibility.     Obliga'on  is  the  mindset  of  “have  to,  don’t  want  to.”  In  this  state  one’s   performance  is  barely  adequate  to  get  a  pass.  One  resents  the  trap  they   are  in  and  demonstrates  resistance.     Responsibility  is  the  mindset  of  self-­‐empowerment.  One  feels  they  are   freely  choosing  their  life  and  work.  High  performance  follows,  as  does   happiness.      
  • 3. These  two   mindsets   are  easily   confused  
  • 4. We  have   no  choice.     We  have  to,   but  we  don’t     want  to.   Obliga'on     Mindset  
  • 5. Obliga'on     Mindset   •  Boring  mee3ngs     •  Meaningless   paperwork     •  Required     in-­‐law  visits  
  • 6. The  Costs  of  the     Obliga3on  Mindset   1.  Barely  adequate   performance   2.  Resentment  grows  
  • 7. We  own  this.   We  can  and   will  face  It   and  take   ac3on.   Responsibility   Mindset  
  • 8. Responsibility   Mindset   •  Mentally  present   •  Engaged     •  Part  of  the   solu3on  
  • 9. The  Value  of  the     Responsibility  Mindset   1.  High  performance   2.  Happiness  grows  
  • 10. Think  about  it   As  a  leader…     No3ce  your  feelings  of  obliga'on  about  your  life  and   work,  and  the  impact  to  performance  and  happiness.     What  do  your  charges  learn  when  you  demonstrate   obliga'on,  i.e.,  “I  have  no  choice.  I  have  to”?     How  can  you  lead  from  and  demonstrate  responsibility   and  nurture  your  charge’s  experience  of  responsibility?   ©  2015  Partnerwerks  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved