Definition of WEGO?

Question:

Can you post the definiton of WEGO. I see it in all your articles but no where is there a definition of what it is. Thanks.

Signed,

Wego???


Answer:

Dear Wego???:

Many moons ago, I was asked this question. My answer is in our old archive. http://www.west2k.com/wpdocs/wegoqst.htm Please share your reaction to this word that I coined and think it especially applies to the workplace. I have often said, There’s plenty of ego in wego. By that I mean each of us needs to be concerned about ourselves, and that self-interest is not lost in working constructively with others. Rather it is enriched by interdepentend-mindedness. Do let me know if and when you find some our Q&As apply to your career and work situations. FOLLOW UP:

Thank you for the link. You may want to consider posting it in the new archives so other’s can find it too.

I get it, though I may not be able to verbalize it. It’s like a combination of being the best employee you can be in a team working together for the greater good. Sounds hokey, but that’s my take.

I am an assitant manager of a customer call center. My team consists of 12 women, so I’m sure you can imagine the myriad of unique situations my manager and I face daily. Your site is one of many sources I consult for advice.

THANK YOU for that suggestion. Do keep in touch we can learn much from you who are managing challenging situations day in and day out. The original Q&A will now appear in the new Archive along with your question.

What Does The Word “WEGO” Mean??

I have read many of the questions and responses on your page. Although your advice is always clear there is one thing that I don’t fully understand. When you sign off your responses you always seem to mention “WEGO.” What does this word mean? — I’d WEGO if I knew how. Dear Wanna WEGO: What does WEGO mean??? Wego is a combination of three words known to almost everyone: “we,” “go,” and “ego.” The idea for coining this word came to me years ago when I was creating games that teach a lesson. I created two games which illustrate the WEGO principle. One was about cases which were decided by the Supreme Court. This game attempted to teach the players how the case was decided by them reading a summary of the case and sharing excerpts from the opinions of the justices. The other aspect of the game was for the players to deliberate and argue how they would decide the case if they were the jury. In short, by involving themselves in the case, they became informed decision makers. WEGO means that. A second game I co-created was titled Prediction. In this game, players predict how other players’ will answer questions of fact such as “Who said, ‘I think and therefore I am,'” debatable questions such as “Should the police be paid less than teachers?” and personal questions such as “Would I adopt a child?” or “Does he or she prefer a shower or a tub bath?” If a player makes a correct prediction, both the predictor and the predictee advance on the game board. If the prediction is wrong, both, move back. The message of the game is that good communication is a matter of learning to know what others’ values, knowledge, and personal proclivities are. And that together, we humans who live, work, and play together, do so more effectively when we make informed predictions. WEGO is like that. The word “go,” means just that. Go means movement, doing, shaping the work we do and the place we work. It represents pro-active employee involvement. The last word which contributes to WEGO is “ego.” In the workplace, the psychological term ego means personal efforts to advance and benefit one’s self. We can not ignore the individual interests of those who work together. Ego in its rawest form is vicious. It says greed is good. It says that others come second to me. It says my way is the way it should be. The positive meaning of Ego is that it motivates hard work, dedication, and high commitment. But ego in its raw concern for personal advancement creates a hostile work environment. WEGO, with its all altruistic symbolism, tempers the egoistic motivations and egocentric behaviors. WEGO is organization in its best sense: a concern for high performance, a dedication to the external customer, the collaborative-communication-mindedness of those who work together, and commitment to the well-being of not just those in the workplace but to the community and enviornment in which it is located. WEGO thus for me embodies the trinity of words “WE,” “GO.” and “EGO.” WEGO is the mindset I have as I answer questions sent to The Workplace Doctor home page. I do have but partial truth and partial answers to the concerns of those who send in their questions. I submit my thoughts, my answers, for consideration, for disscussion, for argument, and for testing. I invite your feedback. WEGO, now awaits your ideas about what it means to you.

William Gorden