Making the pilgrimage to Plan B

It is prudent to ingest this page before proceeding on to any other pages. If you don’t “qualify,” closed-minded to learning about reality, your happiness level is stuck where it is and heading South. If you are unopposed to learning, the duty of transparency looms large. Herein is full disclosure of the schedule of do’s and don’ts of the journey. There is no need for you to be surprised by the social behavior reality that you will encounter.

A decade of implementation successes with the generic Plan B paradigm, was validation enough for us to attempt asking the big question. “Why” didn’t this fix for the dysfunctional social system get invented millennia ago by our ancestors? Armed with glorious hindsight and the answer book, Plan B, it became clear that the fix itself is common-sense obvious. By silence-breaking, it is easy to demonstrate that the necessary and sufficient facts and evidence are everywhere in plain sight. Call for a demonstration and participate for yourself.

Complaints about organizational dysfunction (OD) were recorded on cuneiform tablets and interior pyramid walls before 3K BCE. Five thousand years later, OD has become a social norm. You can get a wide-spectrum history lesson from our predecessors.

We personalized the unspoken question to: What were the biggest gaffes in understanding and assumptions we made, along with our mentors and oracles, our trailblazers, before bringing Plan B into the world in 2013? For your convenience, the answer is presented in checklist form. Omission of any item on the list is fatal to success.

The listing of our blunders and shortcomings of knowledge made over five decades of striving towards Plan B, a goal we had no evidence was even possible, is presented in two categories.

  1. The fallacious assumptions we used for navigation that we had to abandon. This ensemble of false assumptions, entangled, is the mechanism of action that forms the system of organizational dysfunction (OD).
  2. The necessary and sufficient knowledge and competencies we had to acquire and develop to attain the Plan B goal, enduring happiness and fulfillment. This ensemble of on-target functionalities, entangled, forms the flourishing system.

 

The OD system is business-as-usual, the norm of social behavior, Plan A, worldwide. No thinking necessary, it’s on intuition automatic, it is the universal default of human society in disturbance. As a parasitical system, unable to deal with disturbances, its price is an external source of unearned resources to continue operations that eventually runs out.

The flourishing system is Plan B, as stable as Plan A, that produces surplus indefinitely. Its price is continuous cognitive investments and applied intelligence. Ouch!

Be not surprised to find the majority of checklist topics are “Ho-Lee-Schmidt” – silence-breaking.

 

Checklist for happiness-seeking candidates

False assumptions of social system Plan A for navigation

Stuff that should not be in your wheelhouse:

  • Top down, chain of command, class-based
    • Authority-based social status (opinion)
  • Autocracy-stated value system
    • Authority and social power are equivalent
    • Warfield’s dictum
  • Simple cause or simple effect, in the spotlight of your mind
  • GIGO
  • Compulsory OTA, infallibility, rules conformance
    • Somebody will get it to work
    • Reality denial
  • Role occupant personality
  • Fear of punishment, pulling rank
  • Zero sum competition
Everything on the checklists is associated with the social ecosystem. Each item represents a bunch of tradeoffs. Complicated? You bet!

Requisites for navigation to system Plan B

Stuff that must be in your wheelhouse:

  • Keystone level focus
    • Low turnover
  • System-think focus, fractal causes, cascading effects
  • Authentic responsibility for collective attainment, reality centered
  • AQI, ground truth, reality-based, POSIWID
  • Foreseeability and resilience
  • Performance-based social status (evidence)
  • Natural Law cognizance, avoiding defiance attempts
    • 2nd Law
      • Entropy extraction
    • Conservation laws
    • System dynamics laws
      • Control theory/Ashby
      • Ecological system laws
    • 2½ rule
    • Nash
    • Turing
    • Law of optimality

You can continue to engage fallacious assumptions. You can fail to execute effective practices. Either way you end up far short of the attainable benefit package for yourself and your social systems.

Strategy built on reality denial, effectiveness-wise, is stillborn. It is a stow stopper on raising havoc.

Elaboration

Whatever your checklist score, you can personally benefit immediately by resetting your navigational assumptions on brute reality. With the structure of Plan B as reference, you can witness your contemporaries nervously putting their efforts into strategies and practices proven, without fail, to fail. Just understanding the engine of social dysfunction greatly relieves emotional stress.

The checklist is as generic as human nature itself, expressed through our invariant genome. You can use it to evaluate others and avoid the perils of goal-seeking with impotent associates. Others can use it on you, as well.

It is essential to dump the false assumptions as your milestone one. Doing so is a psychological activity and, with no inertia to overcome, it can be done quickly. In contrast, gaining the positive necessaries is a cognitively demanding activity that, even with hyperlearning conditions, takes whatever time it takes. The important measure is continuous improvement, as the 2nd Law applies to happiness as it does to everything else.

As you will experience, it is much easier to dump false assumptions than it is to navigate on reality, real time. After you have been betrayed, you don’t have to know the details to distrust someone. In contrast, personalization is essential for trust-building and maintenance, details matter, and the process takes time.

You are free to choose how you will react to facts and evidence. While the checklist tool is incontrovertible, you are free to ignore it. What you cannot escape are the consequences of your choice. No one ever did.

Each item on the checklist derives from at least three sources:

  1. Our significant failure experience
  2. Scrutable connectivity to mathematical physics, essential transparency of method
  3. Demonstrability on your organization.  If it’s not demonstrable, it is not included on the checklist

The checklist of prerequisites to prevail over the unhappiness that attends all organizational dysfunction is provided for your benefit. Apply the checklist to your situation and experience. When you can check the items on the list, you are positioned to arrive at Plan B.

The feature of these checklists is that any unchecked items means that attempts you make to reach social happiness cannot succeed. We know this first hand, duh, because our many protracted attempts to succeed with these handicaps in place failed miserably.

The checklist settles all questions about your goal-attaining prospects. Because the happiness business is an interconnected ecosystem affair, it’s impossible to have only one checked or unchecked item on the list. Ace the checklist and your risk of failure is eliminated. For all other possibilities, the risk of success is eliminated. Simplicity itself.

If you are operating on false assumptions and garbage information in a corrupt environment, is happiness really attainable? If you are not operating in concert with natural law and system think and keyed on the keystone role, on what basis do you expect to attain happiness?

If you elect to forego the effort it takes to attain happiness, as defined by Plan B, the rest of the m-i-t-m website has nothing for you. If facts and evidence don’t motivate, whatever does ring your bell will not take you to psychological health. It is inextricable from full ownership of your happiness in life.

 

This is the main theme of happiness-seeking. Forget your painful and erratic past. Learn your lessons and carry on. Proactive.

Some General Remarks about individual checklist items

Top Down

The paramount false assumption, the one that murdered us daily for decades, is the top down, chain of command power and control delusion. Born free, it’s ingrained into human skulls by social conditioning before puberty. It’s theme song is kingship, leadership, omniscience, and omnipotence. Our persistence with the top down fallacy failed us as it had failed everyone for millennia, in spite of its genocidal record. Notice that if you switch your assumption of top down leadership effectiveness from truth to counterproductive, most of your social system experiences will become rational – predictable.

Socializing this fallacious assumption into the masses has enabled the ruling class to destroy its own civilizations, one after another. This effect was already in the cause. If you think attaining the goal requires “management buy-in,” you’re defeated before you begin. It’s a convenient intellectual alibi for your debacle.

All social species are top-down stabilized.

The Head Shed value system

The second greatest cause of our failures was ignorance of the head-shed value system-in-use.

Behavioral science has measured that the top rungs of the tall hierarchy are plagued with the imposter syndrome. Like the naked emperor, they live in fear of being found out. Through POSIWID, you soon learn that management is impotent as navigator. What they declare as their purpose is not consistent with what they do. The value system of the ruling class is self-destructive. Just watch world events unfold and apply POSIWID.

The value system by which the ruling class makes choices regarding what they do is an impasse to forming a flourishing organization, an impasse that remains concealed until you offer what they say they seek for their collective and society in general. It’s another process-of-elimination (POE) affair. When Plan B arrived on the scene, the true value system of the head shed echelons became POSIWID-evident all at once. Talk about a sobering experience!

When you go look for it, there is evidence of the operational Head-Shed value system everywhere. The pursuit of M&A, in spite of an atrocious track record, ruining the lives of millions, is an example of deliberately throwing their organizational membership under the bus as a premeditated, overt act. What they don’t value is deceptively subtle. Most of the values they espouse on stage, they deliberately ignore in operations. This set of negative values includes many items which are directly connected to the bottom line of the financial statement:

  • Productivity – pure profit
  • Turnover – horribly expensive
  • Employee health husbandry
    • Physical, absenteeism
    • Mental, Ca’canny sabotage
  • Safety record – doubly expensive
  • Resilience to disturbances – instability
  • Quality of products and services
  • Community reputation
  • Stakeholder satisfaction
  • Environmental health husbandry
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Litigation
  • Trustworthiness
  • Positive reciprocity
  • Competitive advantage

 

This list of values-in-use which drives a negative impact on profits and survival is prominently displayed when the OD system fix offer, Plan B, is rejected out of hand. Any doubts about this list can be settled by making the offer yourself to any executive. In ligation, the law calls this behavior deliberate ignorance.

The universal reaction of the head shed to the Plan B offer, catatonia, is easy to demonstrate. Their subconscious mind is unable to fabricate a plausible excuse so it can’t complete its centisecond choice-making cycle. The people in the head shed are clueless as to what is going on in their own heads.

All married men know this.

Undercounting causes and effects and network entanglement

The third most damaging factor in our happiness-seeking was to expect that fixing particular consequences would bring happiness-seekers to enlightenment. Attempting to defy the Gödel maxim, failure to discover and map the tangled network of participating causes in driving the institution dysfunctional, destroyed our prospects for success. There we were, professional systems engineers, trapped by social conditioning and corporate culture, knowing better, defying the very essence of system think and suffering the consequences. Embarrassing? Yes. Regrettable? You bet.

The use of the system-think concepts and practices of sociotechnology is essential to attain happiness. There’s nothing optional about it. Remember, you can only certify the cascade of consequences from organizational dysfunction (OD) after you fix the system that produces the cascade.

At this point it is helpful to understand that the checklist of requisites is what needs to be brought to the party. Yes, it’s too much for a single cranium. While you are not expected to learn all this stuff before proceeding, especially control theory, it is necessary for you to direct that these items are competently satisfied.

The concept of “feedback,” so simple and natural in certain elementary cases, becomes artificial and of little use when the interconnexions between the parts become more complex. When there are only two parts joined so that each affects the other, the properties of the feedback give important and useful information about the properties of the whole. But when the parts rise to even as few as four, if every one affects the other three, then twenty circuits can be traced through them; and knowing the properties of all the twenty circuits does not give complete information about the system. Such complex systems cannot be treated as an interlaced set of more or less independent feedback circuits, but only as a whole. For understanding the general principles of dynamic systems, therefore, the concept of feedback is inadequate in itself. What is important is that complex systems, richly cross-connected internally, have complex behaviors, and that these behaviors can be goal-seeking in complex patterns. William Ross Ashby

 

Outcome responsibility

All ecosystems have a keystone species that is essentially responsible for the health of the ecosystem, animal or botanical. Human social ecosystems are no exceptions to the ecosystem laws. There is a keystone layer in every social hierarchy and, because of the scope of deliverables inherent in the keystone role, it is solely responsible for building and maintaining social system prosperity.

Those at hierarchical levels above the 2½ rule have no positive control over the workforce and the level below the keystone must fall in with keystone assignments regardless of the situation.

Outcome responsibility cannot be assigned or delegated. It must be freely taken by the keystone in fair exchange for the autonomy to deliver on his pledge. Declaring that everyone is responsible for project success is heralding that no one is responsible for goal attainment. This fact is instinctively known, but on the undiscussable list.

Congressional hearings are amphitheaters for CEOs to explain away their responsibility for the atrocities committed by their organization. All defenses are the same, tied to the 2½ rule. This standard alibis unfailingly succeeds.

It’s easy to derive the outcome responsibility matter. The only authentic, legitimate echelon responsible for successful outcomes is the one hierarchical role having the direct capability to deliver and advance material success. Only keystone level people have the combination of front-line social power, AQI, and competency to be authentically responsible for happiness to infuse into the social system. They hold the keys to effective performance.

Those at higher levels, by role, values, and the 2½ rule, are too far removed from the front lines reality to make positive contributions, even if they wanted to. Those at the lower level, the workers in the trenches, are obliged by role to fall in with the keystone regardless of the situation. Whoever sets the rules and makes the assignments owns the consequences of compliance.

Outcome responsibility can neither be assigned nor delegated. It must be freely taken by the keystone, the only authentic volunteer in the organization. All other volunteers, if any, are imposters. If management declares itself or everyone is responsible, as stated above, everyone in the entire project knows no one is responsible. The associated clue is the sudden appearance of CYA files. We had several personal experiences with this.

By taking responsibility, the keystone must be accorded the requisite autonomy and his inalienable rights to deliver on his pledge. Otherwise, all bets are off.

This feature of system think rubs hard against the grain of social conditioning.

GIGO

For the garbage in = garbage out maxim, the Bad Burrito Rule, the Charles Babbage declaration says it all. If you don’t find GIGO to be plain common sense, your pilgrimage to happiness is over.

On two occasions I have been asked by members of Parliament, ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Infallibility

Anyone who knows anything about the 2nd Law, knows that the state of infallibility is, at best, fleeting, and hostile to maintenance. Rule-based behavior, predicated on eternal infallibility, is dysfunctional and corrupt in the extreme. Whoever sets the rules owns the consequences of blind obedience, a frequent Monty Python theme.

 

Zero Sum

In organizational operations, less than 1% of the various zero-sum competitions in play are valid. They are contrived, not legitimate. The “pie” being contested is not a fixed quantity. The classic zero-sum competition between labor and management, for example, assumes that productivity is fixed when it is, in fact, an independent variable.

Even though it loses, labor enjoys the intense social tussle as much as management. History has shown it doesn’t take long for the labor union head shed to collude with corporate management against the union members.

Personality profile

The notion that “leadership” is connected to personal characteristics is likely encoded in our genome. The Big Kahuna delusion has been documented for centuries. It has no traction in the flourishing social system. The 2½ rule, a natural law, indifferent to charisma and deaf to persuasion, features social status by performance (reality), not authority by vote (opinion).

When you have a high-performing individual in your squad, his “personality” is warmly accepted as-is. His quirks may be kidded by his fellow work associates as validation of his acquired social power, but the two-way kidding is how the high performer knows his positive impact is appreciated.

Fear

It is self-confidence in your readiness to deal with the unknowable, arriving future that matters. If you don’t know cause and effect in your ecological niche, sooner or later a disturbance will arrive that turns off the lights. Defaulting to fear has no place in the flourishing organization. Proactive preparation for uncertainty and entropy extraction, shows that no foreseeable disturbance is going to be bigger than the prepared, collaborating organization.

Keystone focus

The keystone species of the hierarchical ecosystem is the gatekeeper of all positive change to the revenue stream. All echelons above the keystone are condemned by rampant GIGO to impotence and instability. They can only impose punishments for non-compliance to their rules. The level below the keystone is duty-bound to engage the work assigned.

The history of the foreman in society is peppered with up and down intervals. When the industrial revolution began, foremen ran the show while the owners stayed home. The foremen of the mid 19th century earned considerable esteem from their performance for the good of the enterprise.

The reputation of the foremen, in general, took a dive when the flood of foreign immigrant workers in the late 19th century provided opportunities for collecting unearned wages. Frederick Taylor was prompted to eliminate the foreman’s role by “functional foremanship,” a concept that failed miserably in practice.

The two world wars temporarily restored the keystone to prime time because his ability to increase productivity was bringing in enormous profits. In 1942, the government allowed foremen to unionize and bargain directly with management. This law was so successful for foremen that, in 1947, the Establishment passed the Taft-Hartley bill, over presidential veto, to kill foremen unions.

None of this abuse of authority and social class changed the role and responsibilities of the keystone. The foreman level is an intrinsic part of every social hierarchy and not subject to modification, no matter what the autocracy does in an attempt to destroy it.

All advances in workforce productivity have to funnel through the foremen of the revenue crews. He alone has veto power. The autocracy can punish the workforce with legal impunity at its whim, but that’s not how productivity gets increased.

 

Natural laws prominent in organizational behavior

Since this website is predicated on mathematical physics, the backbone of dynamic simulation, and filled with descriptions and applications in staging organizational behavior, the laws will be listed in no particular order. While we can make forecasts of which laws will be prominent in a particular application, there are far too many sneak circuits in the entangled networks to be certain. We are routinely surprised about the significant variables in running dynamic simulations to trust our intuition and experience. We are wrong more than random chance. We have learned to use our intuition as a check on what not to do.

Those who think they know cause and effect in collective behavior are delusional. Some natural laws, like the 2nd Law and the conservation laws, are factors in every case. Other natural laws are big factors only in certain circumstances. Most choices in organizational dysfunction are channeled by natural law into delivering added consequences. As every law of nature implies the existence of an invariant, it follows that every law of nature is a constraint, ignored at your peril.

Natural Law big-hitters in organizational behavior

  • The 2nd Law
    • Entropy extraction
    • Turing’s thesis
  • Dynamics Laws
    • Nash Equilibrium
    • Ecosystem laws
  • Control theory
    • Ashby’s Laws
    • Shannon’s laws of communication
  • Gödel/Einstein
    • Law of optimality
  • Multiplicity, network, entanglement, ecosystem
    • The 2 ½ rule

 

Ashby’s Laws, as used by interventionists sui generis

Zeroth – always act with Ashby intelligence (appropriate selection)

First – Law of optimality

Second – Know what done looks like

Third – Law of requisite variety

Fourth – Every effective control system contains a mathematical model of the system controlled

 

Famous last words: If only we fix this item, then people will flock to our cause. Just one more step and we’re there!

 

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