FJSS 3: Surviving Delusions of Grandeur

FJSS 3: Surviving Delusions of Grandeur

Don’t let your students enter the workplace with these delusions. This job skills program takes a highly innovative approach to correct the false sense of entitlement that young people often bring to the workplace. 4 DVDs
Jim Graff, PhD raves, “…finally someone has addressed this issue.” First Job Survival Skills Unit 3 is a unique work skills program and highly innovative approach to preparing students for the shock of an environment where what they need, feel or desire does not come first and often doesn’t matter.

In this unit, the focus is on confronting the unrealistic fantasies many young people have about the work world. Work is not like school, with endless second chances, or like the neighborhood, where personal freedom is exercised, and it’s not like home, where people actually care about your welfare. Work is a much different place, with its own set of rules, expectations and requirements. Helping students develop realistic expectations of the workplace, before they get there, is what this program does. It provides accurate perceptions of soft skills…so your students don’t have to learn the hard way.

The series introduces five young people who expect special treatment. They come to the workplace assuming that rules don’t apply to them, that their needs come first and that the primary function of other people, including the boss, is to look out for their comfort and welfare. They all suffer from delusions of grandeur.

If a new employee expects the boss to forgive tardiness, give endless second chances and tolerate moods, it won’t happen. Likewise, a female employee will not receive special treatment because of her good looks. Of course, the boss does not relate like a parent, friend, or admirer. Contrary to the entitled workers’ expectations, the boss will not put the needs of the employees over the needs of the job. And therein lies the problem, a problem that often leads to job dismissals.

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FJSS 3: Surviving Delusions of Grandeur

20 Videos

  • FJSS3 - Mod 1 - Ep 1: Meet Hector

    Hector's form of grandiosity assumes that others, like his mother, will be consumed with his comfort and welfare and want to take care of him.
    Students will understand why it's a mistake to expect the Boss to relate to the "as a devoted parent or family members."

  • FJSS3 - Mod 1 - Ep 2: Hector's Fantasy

    Students will describe what Hector believes to be the essence of the boss/employee relationship (the boss is a mommy). Students will give examples of why believing the boss is a mommy would result in unrealistic expectations for "special treatment" form the boss.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 1 - Ep 3: Hector's Reality Check

    Students will explain why believing the boss is not at all like a mommy results in realistic expectations of how the Boss perceives employees.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 1 - Ep 4: Hector Succeeds

    Students will understand that it's a delusion (thinking error) to assume that how they, talk, and act at home will be acceptable in the workplace. Students will give examples of how Hector's appearance, talk, and behavior had to change.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 2 - Ep 1: Meet Family

    A world that operates on Juan's delusions (misperceptions, thinking errors) of unfounded self-importance, grandiosity, and entitlement is called JuanWorld.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 2 - Ep 2: Juan's Fantasy

    A world that operates on Juan's delusions (misperceptions, thinking errors) of unfounded self-importance, grandiosity, and entitlement is called JuanWorld.
    Students will understand why it's a mistake to expect the Boss to relate to the "as a friend or homie."

  • FJSS3 - Mod 2 - Ep 3: Juan's Reality Check

    Students will explain why believing the boss is not at all like a homie results in realistic expectations of how the Boss perceives employees.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 2 - Ep 4: Juan Succeeds

    Students will understand that it's a delusion (thinking error) to assume that how they, talk, and act at home will be acceptable in the workplace. Students will give examples of how Juan's appearance, talk, and behavior had to change.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 3 - Ep 1: Gin's Fantasy

    Gin's form of grandiosity assumes that others, like her boyfriends, will want to do all unpleasant tasks for her and will offer constant adoration.
    Students will understand why it's a mistake to expect the Boss and co-workers to relate to them as worshipful admirers.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 3 - Ep 2: Jen's Reality Check

    Students will describe what Gin believes to be the essence of the Boss/Employee relationship (the boss is an admirer). Students will also give examples of why believing the boss is an admirer would result in unrealistic expectations for "special treatment" from the boss.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 2 - Ep 3: Jen Succeeds

    Students will explain why believing the boss is not at all like an admirer results in realistic expectations of how the boss perceives employees.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 3 - Ep 4: Epilogue Letter

  • FJSS3 - Mod 4 - Ep 1: Meet RaDaddy

    RaDaddy's form of grandiosity assumes that he will definitely be a superstar and thus does not need to learn the "ordinary" skills and attitudes of the average worker.
    He also believes that all others, like his family and friends, will be consumed with promoting his musical career and will want...

  • FJSS3 - Mod 4 - Ep 2: RaDaddy's Fantasy

    Students will describe what RaDaddy believes to be the essence of the boss/employee relationship (the boss is a personal agent).
    Students will give examples of why believing the boss is a personal agent would result in unrealistic expectations for "special treatment" from the boss."

  • FJSS3 - Mod 4 - Ep 3: RaDaddy's Reality Check

    RaDaddy now knows it's in his own best long-term interests to learn the skills that will lead to life-long employment, just in case his "big break" doesn't break soon. To this end, he discovers it's the company that is king, not him.
    Students will explain why believing the boss is not at all lik...

  • FJSS3 - Mod 4 - Ep 4: RaDaddy Succeeds

    Students will understand that it's a delusion (thinking error) to assume that how they look, talk, and act at home will be acceptable in the workplace.
    Students will give examples of how RaDaddy's appearance, talk, and behavior had to change.

  • FJSS3 - Mod 5 - Ep 1: Meet The Party Girl

    Faith's form of grandiosity assumes that others, like her friends, will be active participants in her continuous, never-ending party life and everyone is consumed with a desire to join in non-stop socializing just as much as she does.
    Students will understand why it's a mistake to expect the bos...

  • FJSS3 - Mod 5 - Ep 2: Party Girl's Workplace

    Students will describe what Faith believes to be the essence of the boss/employee relationship (the boss is a party pal).

  • FJSS3 - Mod 5 - Ep 3: Party Girl Gets it

    Faith realizes that in order to keep her job, she's going to need to conform to workplace standards and pay her dues, keeping her social queen persona at home in the closet with her party clothes. She can only have "play" time after she does her "pay her dues" time.
    Students will give examples o...

  • FJSS3 - Mod 5 - Ep 4: Party Girl Doesn't Get It

    Students will understand why job success depends on knowing and accepting "boss expectations."
    Students will understand that it's a delusion (thinking error) to assume that how they look, talk and act at home will be acceptable in the workplace.
    Students will give examples of how Faith's appear...