The consequences you develop as part of your discipline plan are very important. This is true for both teachers and business leaders. Your consequences absolutely must be reasonable for the rules that you have set. This idea is one of the foundations of my discipline program. There is something else that is almost as important when it comes to choosing consequences:
You must be willing to enforce whatever consequence you have established!
Teachers and supervisors will often set up their consequences to sound scary and intimidating, but then hesitate to enforce them. If you establish a consequence that a student will get detention for a certain misbehavior, or that one of your employees will get suspended for a certain action, then you MUST follow throw when they break your rule.
If you feel like your rule is too harsh, then change it. Inconsistency and/or lack of enforcement of consequences is the kiss of death when it comes to discipline.
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