Rules and expectations worksheet

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What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The present worksheet has its roots in the Rational Expectations Theory. This theory states that a person will predict the future based on rationality, past experiences, and available information (Burgoon, 1993).

How will the worksheet help?

The present set of exercises is intended for practitioners, who, in turn, will help clients decipher rules from expectations and identify the motivational drivers (Pless, 2007).

How to use the worksheet?

Some people find it easy to follow the rules and guidelines and other people have a difficult time accepting rules or regulations. The first ones are procedural individuals who find a sense in adhering to established procedures, while the second ones prefer to have multiple options to one rule. 

It is a matter of expectation that the rules will prevent or help you achieve what you desire. The following worksheet addresses the differences in the perception of rules and expectations. Answer the questions in short sentences.

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Burgoon, J. K. (1993). Interpersonal Expectations, Expectancy Violations, and Emotional Communication. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 12, 30-48.


Pless, N.M. Understanding Responsible Leadership: Role Identity and Motivational Drivers. J Bus Ethics 74, 437–456 (2007).