A People Primer: The Nature of Living Systems
From Chapter 1: Dear Reader, Welcome to taking control of your life
I was walking through a local bookstore the other day looking at the self-help section, and I was thinking that so many things we read about helping ourselves and others are based on Eighteenth Century thinking. We have this box-like mentality -- we put people into one box or another and slap labels on the boxes. Most often this is followed by a plethora of strategies or programs that give us a list of specifically what to do and what to say based on what box we are in and what the label is. Examples of this are Phillip C. McGraw's Life Strategies, Zig Ziglar's Success for Dummies, and John Gray's Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which professionals use to place people into one of sixteen boxes, is intended to help people find work that fits them, help people develop more appreciation for individual differences, and suggest how people can use the differences constructively rather than divisively.
At times, this "box and label" type of thinking can provide some important data, but it also ignores a lot of very valuable information. A People Primer walks you, the reader through the latest scientific theory of human behavior.
Through a series of letter written to real-life individuals Shelley takes a hard-core scientific theory, makes it easy to understand, and provides practical applications to personal and professional situations. Ms. Roy addresses complex topics such as awareness, consciousness, conflict, change and reorganization all while keeping the reader engaged and grounded in sensible ideas.
What a blast of a book! Shelley Roy obviously has a deep and clear understanding of perceptual control theory, and her style of presentation shows respect for the intelligence of the reader while at the same time making sure that her message gets across. Shelley successfully suppresses the writer's ego and never condescends -- a very nice combination. - William T. Powers, originator of perceptual control theory
Shelley Roy's book had a profound effect on me both professionally and personally. This is not another 'how to' book; rather, Shelley gives you the knowledge to figure it out for yourself, which is what perceptual control theory is all about! - Linda V. Jones, Staff Development Coordinator, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District, MN
I feel this information was wonderful and very practical. I just know this will succeed!
Tomas Rodriguez Lenox Hill Hospital NY, NY
Labor & Employee Relations Mgr.
For years, we have managed ourselves and others based on the rock view of life, forgetting we are living systems. Looking to nature and the new sciences, you can better understand the complexity of life and living. Changing your understanding of human behavior leads to more effective management of self and others, while reducing stress.
Understanding how living systems work will help you:
• Transfer ownership for work to the worker
• Create an environment where others self-monitor
• Coach the development of personal capabilities
• Manage without external rewards and punishments
• Teach and learn more effectively
Through reexamining your core ideas and beliefs about behavior this seminar will lay the foundation for understanding the latest scientific theory of human behavior: Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). Understanding PCT will change both your personal and professional relationships. Opportunities for practicing applications in management, parenting, facilitation, teaching and personal relationships will fortify implementation.
This session is best as a full day or multiple day session. The interactive nature of this session keeps individuals engaged. The self-reflective nature of the session allows for time between sessions for integration of key concepts. *A one-hour keynote is also available.
All sessions will be customized to your setting!
The following delivery options are usually available:
• One-hour keynote intended to peak interest
• 1/2 Day session to explore the basic ideas
• Full day to gain understanding of the concepts
• Multi-Day to gain understanding and integrate concepts