The airplane sits idling on the tarmac just feet beyond the jet bridge as a soothing voice can be heard over the speakers; “Should we experience a decrease in cabin pressure, four oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling compartment in front of you. Should this occur, reach up; pull a mask toward you, placing the cup over your nose and mouth, securing it with the elastic band. Please secure your own mask before assisting others. Breathe normally, even though the bag will not inflate, know that oxygen is flowing.” Anyone who has traveled by air has heard this flight attendant’s safety presentation. Continue reading “Professionally; Put Your Own Mask On First”
This week a pharmaceutical giant learned a valuable lesson; better has its value and it is not always at a premium.
The company’s stock price turned drastically lower; reflecting the same direction the buying customers are saying their latest improvement drug’s price should be going. For years the leader in diabetes drug production has used the successful business model that new and better could be sold at a premium with the end users always being willing to pay an inflated price for this novel combination. To leadership’s amazement, this model seems to have failed miserably on their latest endeavor.
In the clinical trials, it was determined that the new drug showed slight yet consistent improvement in the treatment of the majority of patients; however the price of the drug is not being accepted by the patients/insurance carrier or their doctors. Instead, the end users are finding that with a little more monitoring, the patient’s existing drug treatments can achieve the same results and at a substantially reduced cost. Continue reading “The Unacceptable Price of Better”
History is so important to the human race because it provides us with the experience component of wisdom. It is wisdom that solves our troubles and without history we have no chance of overcoming our future dilemmas before they cause harm. It is through the lessons of history that we come to understand; how the eternal laws can solve these quandaries, create tools that leverage the power of the laws and master the application of the laws through the tools that we create so as to benefit all mankind.
For instance, the first clamps are said to have been developed by the Egyptian around 600 BC. They were made by wedging two boards between large rocks. The wedging force tightly pressed the two boards together so the glue could set, binding the boards as one. This created stronger boards and for ship building, made a leak proof seal between boards.
Much has changed since 600 BC but the uses of modern clamps still solve the exact same problems they were originally intended to solve using the same laws of nature. The Egyptians understood the Law of the Lever; force leveraged by a fulcrum will increase power, creating extra strength.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Look at any company’s website, mission statement or recruiting material; one of the first messages you will receive is that they value their people. This is a great sentiment for them to portray because we all desire to be valued…but do they? If they truly do, it will be evident by the experience level of their workforce. Current statistics paint a different picture however. Tenure is down and long term employees are starting to build tenure later in life so maybe, just maybe, our business leaders don’t really get it; despite what they are trying to make us believe.
What’s the big deal?
Unless you live as a hermit, you have heard about what is viewed as the less than wise decisions, which were made by a gate manager and the cockpit crew of an United Airlines flight and possibly the airport police personnel called to a scene which resulted in a fare paying passenger being physically ejected from one of their airplanes due to an oversold situation.
This kind of event strictly exemplifies the importance of placing an equal value on making ethical decisions as well as legal ones. United and every other airline are legally able to overbook their flights, select passengers who will forfeit their seat when none volunteer, and are contractually within their rights to have passengers evicted from their aircraft by force under certain situation when deemed necessary. Everything that happened that day seems to have been legal but almost everyone agrees that it was not right.
The three “R”s of discontent; riots, rallies, and rebellions is not just another example behind the power of the wisdom of three. No, it also represents the societies’ manifestations of their constant quest for the truth. Not what each individual conceives to be the truth, rather the real truth.
Recently the United States witnessed a very divisive national election cycle filled with rally after rally followed immediately by nationwide demonstrations both peaceful and not so peaceful. These assemblies were promoted to and by assorted factions either in support of, opposition to, or in search of the truth. The funny thing is that each of these groups swore that they were supporting the truth and what they believed was right, just, and true.
How can this be?
Is it possible that some of these various factions do not care about the truth but rather have their own agenda? It has been documented that depending upon who they are addressing; whether it is their membership, their opposition, or the public at large the message they espouse can be much different allowing for a glimmer of truth to stay embedded while still championing their unique cause or stance. Regardless if their messaging is a hundred percent true or even remotely supports the truth, it will always be portrayed as the truth because every just person wants to believe that their thoughts, words and deeds are on the side of truth. And for there lays the problem; a truth can never be a lie and a lie can never be a truth, for both are constant. This problem was solved almost three thousand years ago by Aristotle in the Law of Non-Contradiction yet still today we, as a people, fail to grasp the meaning of this simple law.
Take as an example the women’s right movement. The single and undeniable truth is that women deserve the exact same human rights as men. All people should be treated equally under the laws of the land. No rational person should dispute this truth.
Now, as example, there are literally thousands of association, groups and organizations that support this truth; Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, National Organization for Women, just to name a few. The above mentioned women groups cannot be more fundamentally different yet they each were founded for the betterment of women’s rights. When a women rally is held there is likely to be women from many different organization, companies or associations in attendance all believing the above truth but their definition of rights might vary greatly. Some of these organizations believe that it is a right of a woman to be able to have an abortion while others do not see this as a right. Those that don’t condone abortion believe another truth; that it is not just to kill an innocent life in the absence of a crime or danger to the mother.
Does one truth over ride the other?
Another truth that always gets lost in these discussions is the fact that men and women are different. After years of scientific and psychological research the experts all agree that male and female genders pose physical, mental and emotional differences in our species. These truths are indisputable yet seem to not matter to some of these groups. Even with these differences the truth remains that as a human we share the need for equality under the laws of the land.
Without a doubt, we are a unique and interesting species. Humans will always fine bad reasons for good ideas and good reasons for bad ideas. This is the sole reason why ethically minded people as well as morally supportive organizations struggle to find common ground on ideological differences. The individuals associated with a group usually find just enough information to either agree or disagree with the cause yet they do not necessarily care or wish to dig deep enough to learn about the truth in question.
The Truth gets lost in the mix of individual’s thoughts, words and deeds.
When we, as a society, can finally figure out how to accept that an individual’s reality may or may not reflect the truth and thus when false should have no weight to sway others; only then will we be able to live in world wide peace. When we acknowledge that the Truth remains constant regardless of our individual Thoughts, Reasons, or Ideals then we will have no need for these divisive plagues of disagreement.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
To learn more about the Power of Wisdom of Three contact:
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Vice President, Education & Development at The American College of Financial Services and the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”
It is said, “We are creatures of habit” and rightly so for mankind is merely a more intelligent creature but a creature none the less. As one of nature’s creatures we respond to threats, fears, and problems in much the same way as all creatures with one exception…we have the mental capacity to learn from, adapt to, and develop techniques used in solving problems.
It is the responsibility of the leader of a business, a family, or a team to teach their disciples that these lessons are critical. To be effective in this role as teacher, we must understand these principles, be able to communicate them, and transfer the required skills in a way that is easily remembered. One proven technique is storytelling. A good story can emphasize the message, embed the lessons, and enhances interest in sharing of the content with others. Continue reading “When a Solution Becomes a Problem”
Once more we are given a template for wise decision making, over the top productivity, and a cohesive business model through the simplicity of the Wisdom of Three. To understand this lesson all one needs is to consider the ordinary wood screw.
The screw is a mechanical marvel based on the working principles of the helix. It has only three parts, the head, the shank, and the helix; each part, though separate and unique in functionality it is manufactured from one stock, contributing to the overall success of its use. This simple machine is commonly used in construction to accomplishing three goals; binding, strengthening, or stabilizing two piece of material to one another. Continue reading “The Power of the Wisdom of Three Teaches Teamwork”
The title of Genius is a very prestigious one, denoting a level of intelligence rarely found in the general population. Assets to the world, these talented people are elevated by the public, mainly because of the sense of awe that they generate in their area of specialty. It is through their efforts that they strive for amazing physical feats in the sporting arenas, explore the hidden secrets of our own minds, or create unimaginable beauty in a timeless masterpiece of art. As with all benefits, so come the challenges. Due to the uniqueness of their impressive gift, a Genius is prone to an elitist attitude.
They are special and they know it.
A successful businessman was growing old and he knew that it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.” Continue reading “The Seed; A Lesson in Business”