The background story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Man
RUN: 2.1MILES, 9.5MPH, 13MIN;
LEARN: TADELIS, 2HRS;
HLD: READ THE DRAFT, 3HRS;
HLD: CHAT WITH PL, PL DISAGREED ON ADDING KK, MAKE HIM CHANGE NEXT TIME, 7PM-10PM;
WORKLOAD: EMAIL T., IF NO RESPONSE BY TUESDAY, FILE IT YOURSELF;
SET FOR MOVIE ON SATURDAY
[KINGSTON, CANADA, SUMMER, 2006]
THE WORKLOAD GAME:
THE MATERIAL GAIN IS MARGINAL, TWO COURSE LOAD CREDITS. BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT MATERIAL GAIN.
IT IS A FIGHT FOR YOUR YOUTH, A FIGHT TO SET UP THE BOUNDARIES, A FIGHT TO TEST YOUR RESOLVE, A FIGHT TO SHOW YOUR DARING, A FIGHT TO FORGE YOUR CHARACTER.
IT IS A FIGHT THAT DEFINES WHO YOU ARE.
I emailed him this morning with only one sentence: but it is all that takes to get him nervous:
“Given you insist a different interpretation of my contract, I may have to ask others for resolution.”
I appreciated your time talking to me over the phone yesterday. While you feel we cannot agree, I hope that you at least see some of my points of views. I would like to reiterate my willingness to meet with you to further our dialogue and to look for an acceptable solution.
Since you told me that you need to know your teaching load for planning for next year’ teaching schedule, as I told you during our conversation, for now please plan for having a a four course load for next year, while we continue to resolve the disagreement about your contract.
At this point I would like to request for a face-to-face meeting with you, at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your patience.
The issue is simple: It concerns only one sentence on teaching in my contract. According to the contract, I believe school owes me two courses credits; yet you insist otherwise, refusing to correct the mistake.
For that simple issue, you have had five years to resolve it. We discussed it five years ago, and you refused to honor it. Last month, in good faith, I asked you again, and you delayed for a month. Yesterday, with goodwill, I discussed with you again, for more than an hour. And again, you refused to honor it.
So the issue now is a simple question: will school honor my contract, and correct the mistake of two courses credits?
As you asked yesterday, please take your time, as long as you please. Meanwhile, I will do what I believe.
RUN: 2.5MILES, 9MPH, 17MPH;
LEARN: LUENBERGER, 2HRS;
TQ2: WRITE THE EMPIRICAL PART, PELICAN, 3HRS;
TA2: MEETING WITH KK, 8PM-8:20PM;
GET THE FINGERPRINT DONE, 2PM-3PM;
IGNORE THE BOOS, EMAIL THE SCHOOL DIRECTLY, SAY WHAT IT IS: NAKED, SELF-PROMOTION, FOR THE SECOND TIME
You must set the boundary for your life. People are remarkably adaptive. If you don’t plan your life, others will.
Here is an example. I have the TYM project with a senior MG: the only thing he did was checking the grammars. Yet, because I willingly played the role of juniors, the normal game between seminar and junior workers, MG played his part to: they say they have great expectation of you. What they really mean is that they will do almost nothing but want to slave you.
So I decided to reset the expectation by playing the game a bit differently. Here is the series of email exchanges in the last a few days.
Hey, L – just checking in. Paper was to go out in Nov, Dec, Jan… Almost March!
We going to get it under submission?
I have several pending revision going on. So I won’t be able to work on it for at least a month.
If you are in the hurry, here is the latest version that you can work on.
I haven’t heard from him since. Expectation reset?
A side note. In signaling games, actions must be credible in order to signal (often go with costs others are unwilling to bear). The purpose is to change/sharpen the belief of the rival. Maybe this is the underlying logic for my action.