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spike bullet March, 1996 - Laws of Life, Changing Values

Laws of Life
Changing Values in our Society
7 Levels of Conflict
7 Levels of Love

spike bullet Laws of Life

color bullet Heller's Law

  • The first myth of management is that it exists.

color bullet Anthony's Law of Force

  • Don't force it, get a larger hammer.

color bullet Clarke's Third Law

  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

color bullet Murphy's Fourth Law

  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

color bullet Franklin's Rule

  • Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall not be disappointed.

color bullet Ginsberg's Theorem

  • You can't win.
  • You can't break even.
  • You can't even quit the game.

color bullet Gummidge's Law

  • The amount of expertise varies in inverse proportion to the smaller of statements understood by the public.

color bullet Harvard Law

  • Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.

color bullet Gilb's Laws of Unreliability

  • Computers are unreliable but humans are even more unreliable.  Corollary: At the source of every error blamed on the computer, you will find at least two human errors including the error of blaming it on the computer.
  • Any system that depends on human reliability is unreliable.

color bullet Meskimen's Law

  • There's never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.

color bullet Taylor's Laws

  1. Reality is a state of mind.
  2. People will not admit a problem exists until they perceive there is a solution.
  3. When faced with an unsolvable problem, change the question.
  4. There are at least 50 different ways of looking at any situation.  Try to find them.
  5. When searching for answers, ask, "What is most obvious?"
  6. There is always an "x" factor at work in any problem, situation or equation.  The "x" factor may be large or small, but it is always there.  Usually, the "x" factor and/or its significance is not recognized until long after the fact.
  7. When traveling the Road of Life, never forget: There are critical road signs missing.  Be prepared to change direction and stumble around occasionally.

    (Author: Barbara Taylor)

spike bullet Changing Values of Our Society

Notice these for yourself - in business, in family life, in the movies and in the news!

We are moving away from these values: 

And, we are moving toward these values:

Cut-throat Competition Cooperation
"Getting Mine" at any price Partnership
Homogeneous work forces Diversity in: ethnic, gender, life-style, religion
Hierarchical chain-of-command Matrix, participatory management
Command and control "Empowered" employees
Threatening and punishing Motivating
Denial Honesty
Deception Respect
Greed Sharing
Blaming everyone else Accepting responsibility for our own actions
Dysfunctional systems Healthy systems
Radical changes Incremental changes
Violence Creativity
Destruction of resources Responsible use and protection of resources
Fixed, rigid models Flexible, fluid models
Mega-corporations Network of smaller companies
"America is best" isolation Global economy and global inter-dependency
People as machines People as unique and valuable human beings
Shallow facade ("Looking Good") Credibility of Quality ("Being Good")
Criticizing others who are different Accepting the value of diversity
Patriarchy Balanced Male/Female partnerships
Short-term thinking Longer-term thinking
Fighting Loving
Anger Happiness
Frustration Joy
Government as "parent" Government as "servant of the people"
Restrictive ideas, plans, structures Expansive ideas, plans, structures
Selling a product to a market Building a product to meet market needs
Mechanized businesses Information, people-oriented businesses
Polarization of opposite viewpoints Blended, balanced viewpoints
Financial success as the highest goal Success as a result of doing the right things

spike bullet 7 Levels of Conflict

  1. Disagreement:  when two or more people are dealing with minor conflicting issues.  Resolution can be achieved by finding out on which point or points they disagree, defining a mutually acceptable goal and dissolving or resolving the points of disagreement based on the goal.
  2. Aggravation: Prolonged disputes between individual people, such as continuing competition or "grudge matches."  Resolution can be achieved by determining the basic issues of the grudge, and what it would take for the parties to be willing to set the dispute aside.
  3. Civil Dispute:   Resolution: formalized, using the courts.  Conflicted parties are no longer able to deal directly.
  4. Criminal Disputes: Resolution: again, these are handled in the courts.
  5. Regional Disputes:  Courts are no longer considered appropriate.  These have no immediate solution in law because the nature of the dispute transcends the solutions of the laws.  Resolution: is achieved through symbolic or totemic gestures, and some form of compensatory sacrifice.
  6. War: Adjudicated through negotiation and reparation of a "diplomatic" nature.
  7. Annihilation.  Solution to the whole destruction of the environment is the selection of the new species for the people deprived of "home" to inhabit.

(Source: Michael's People, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, 1988, Berkley Books)

spike bullet 7 Levels of Love

  1. Nurturing. Emphasis on survival.
  2. Alliance. Emphasis on the family/tribe/clan - strong "us-versus-them" flavor.
  3. Reciprocity. Those not directly known to the person are incorporated in the feeling � extends to company, religion, or nation.
  4. Appreciation. Emphasis on diversity and can range from academic passions to peace corps.
  5. Comprehension. Accomplished through interaction. Intense involvement of many people for the purpose of discovering the underlying "truth" of others.
  6. Altruism. Compassion for the human condition on the whole and a general sense of good fellowship with all people.
  7. Agape. No emphasis of any kind, rather, love is a state of accepting the totality of all people.

(Source: Michael's People, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, 1988, Berkley Books)

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