Extraordinary and Essential

You have reached the website of the men in the middle (MitM). Since everyone in a social species like ours is concerned about their rank, every “man in the middle” is well aware of his special social status situation. While everyone has worked for a MitM, not everyone has had the MitM squeeze-box social experience. As the most powerful and influential role in hierarchical society, MitMs define society.

This echelon in organized society is essential and extraordinary in several ways:

  1. It alone, directly controls the productivity of 88% of the collective’s roster. It designs and assigns the revenue producing work every workday, voluntarily and authentically taking responsibility for attaining good outcomes. It is the custodian of workforce creativity, a firehose of innovation it can turn on or off. MitMs are the keystones of human social systems.
  2. It is the only tier in the hierarchy that can resolve the large, complex, significant problems confronting the organization that no head shed on earth can solve. This extraordinary capability rises because, being in the middle, the keystones have no social status to lose.
  3. The implications of this competency in social intelligence, its benefit package, are extraordinary, quite significant, and accessible in no other way.

Called Plan B by the MitMs that created it, Plan B is an ideology, an algorithm of intelligent selection, goal-setting, decision, action, and choose again better, a psychology, methodology and mindset of high-stakes problem solving (choice-making) that has become essential to the survival of our “civilized” species. Plan B works through intrinsic keystone social power.

The MitM level is all about solving the unavoidable problems impinging on the organization that no other level in the hierarchy can solve, a reality that centers this website. Keystones of the social hierarchy have zero functional redundancy.

To narrow the wide world of problem solving down to the MitM zone, the profusion of issues assaulting our species that require a response, mental and physical, are sorted into three categories. Each category of difficulty correlates to its own category of “thinking”

  1. Simple recurrent problems, encompassed, understood, and eventually solved by an individual subconscious mind on autopilot. (93%) These are popularly called nobrainers.
  2. Complex, large-scale problems requiring the collaboration, cooperation, and coordination of many others to solve, that have successful precedents to emulate. (6%)While the thinking that underwrites appropriate selection can have serious moments, it has the backstop GPS of precedent.  Infrastructure is an example of Cat 2.
  3. Complex, large scale problems requiring the collaboration, cooperation, and coordination of many others that, when remaining unsolved, become extremely detrimental to species survival. (1%) They have no success reference for emulation. Originated by organizational dysfunction (OD), a psychological condition and a cause, Cat 3s are incompletely encompassed, grossly misunderstood, and cursed with no GPS definition of the goal to navigate by. These long-lived psychological issues are attended with the debris of failed attempts. The wreckage heap of Cat 3 fiascoes points nowhere. In these cases, considerable, intense “thinking” is necessary because the only way forward is the process of elimination. As we have experienced Cat 3s for several decades, we consider the level of high-stakes thinking required to be thinking top gun.


This website is centered on Cat 3 world, a domain of social intelligence that could be specified only after the first Cat 3 success orchestrated by MitMs in 2013 was in hand. We call the successful ideology “Plan B.” It is an algorithm of intelligent selection, goal-setting, decision, action, and mindset for high-stakes problem solving (thoughtful choice-making) that has become essential to the survival of our “sapiens” species.

The transposition process that establishes and maintains Plan B performance is the theme of this website. It is noteworthy that by the time the social system malfunctions of “Plan A,” business as usual, are remedied, the technical problem has already shrunk by half by itself.


What the MitM level can do for Cat 3 issues

Extraordinary claims

The MitM level, taking authentic responsibility for solving a Cat 3 issue, such as organizational dysfunction (OD), starting with the malfunctioning organization as-is, using a generic process, can promptly bring it into a flourishing state. The transposition process itself is risk free with evidence of eventual success delivered as you go. As it is all psychological, there is nothing material to buy. The benefit package goes far beyond fixing OD into areas of bringing prosperity, such as competitive advantage, that no one in OD knew were even available for free. Details are provided here.

Extraordinary evidence, incontrovertible

This website provides the analytical evidence and logic that ties Plan B to immutable natural law. Failing to evaluate the analytical case does nothing to disprove Plan B claims.

Plan B implementations, available for investigation and evaluation on site, provide the operational evidence for Plan B. Refusing to visit a live implementation does nothing to disprove Plan B claims.

This extraordinary innovation in social functioning tunes the psychological mechanisms that comprise social behavior, collaboration, cooperation, and coordination. Unlike the cotton gin and sewing machine, where you can see how things work and make physical repairs, matters of entangled subconscious minds are strictly Black Box (BB) affairs. While you can vary inputs and observe outputs from the BB, what goes on inside the BB that processes inputs into outputs is eternally unknowable. In fact your subconscious mind process computer itself, which does the data processing, is physically reconfigured and reprogrammed every night during subconscious mind maintenance.


Obstacles to the Obvious

How can you get your mind around an awesome innovation in social psychology that is so significant to our species, your social systems, and your way of life all at the same time? Your socialization and your governance has banned your curiosity, your inalienable rights, effective adult learning, and advancing your mental skills (thinking) for solving critical problems. Who can get their mind around an innovation in method ideology that can assure species survival? How could an invention of this scope and scale be duly appreciated by people socialized to depend on clueless authorities to tell them what to believe and do? Well, they can’t and we’ve gotten over it.

All Cat 3 solutions are system solutions  that involve many collaborating, cooperating, and coordinating individuals.

Amish barn-raising day. Cooperation and collaboration gets the job done before evening chores. Beautiful social behavior.

What can’t be realized at the start of the expedition is the armada of psychological mines, booby traps, lies, deceptions, and sabotage deliberately placed in your path to Plan B by the Establishment. You will encounter the obstacles but provided nothing about why they’re there.

Only in 20/20 hindsight did we recognize the obvious – that the Plan A social system responsible for the progressive degeneration of the organization is hostile to a fix. That is, the value system in use by the ruling class does not include prosperity or welfare of the organization it rules.

We are living in the most fearmongering time in human history. And the main reason for this is that there’s a lot of power and money available to individuals and organizations who can perpetuate these fears.

Your fear is worth billions to Silicon Valley and your government. And fortunately for them, your fear is also very easy to manipulate. We’re wired to respond to it above everything else. Your subconscious mind is mostly a stress-reactive machine for threat detection and response . Its primary job is to keep us alive, which is why it’s so easy to flip people into fear. Barry Glassner

Value systems in use are essential knowledge for predicting social behavior. The ruling sinecure value system is noteworthy for what’s not on its list, including its performance. Neither the amount of carnage it causes nor the amount of benefits it foregoes are values held by the Establishment – incontrovertible. That is why “ain’t it awful” entreaties sent up the ladder have never gained positive traction.

The biggest self-inflicted scam in the history of humankind is conducted in broad daylight with the willing cooperation of its victims. Producers tend to be blind to social reality and blindly obedient to the rulers that abuse them. Value-system-wise, the topmost value of the ruling class is class distinctions – the source of its entitled social status obtained by opinion. To protect that privileged status, the authorities will throw the whole society under the extinction bus. Mergers and acquisitions are examples of workforce carnage in the record.

You have been socialized to be a cog under the control of the sinecured ruling class. It makes your choices for you and you are your choices. You produce their  self-entitled consumer necessities and luxuries and turn a blind eye to the roadblocks they place in your path. You accept the abuse as appropriate to the class distinctions they artificially created.

The plot quickly thickens when you confront the operational reality. You witness the great lengths the Establishment goes to socialize its producer class, that’s you, to fail in Cat 3 conditions. That is, to not make prudent choices. Add in the fact that the Establishment and its lackeys know they are incapable of making prudent choices in high stakes social situations.

Take a step back, send up your drone, and take in the overall scene. Then think. Why this corruption?

Since they cannot justify their entitlements by positive performance, sinecures resort to creating their essential class distinctions by preventing any other class from bringing prosperity to the collective. The ruling class makes no effort to advance its own intellectual skills, thinking, in effective choice making. Since it’s the class differential that counts, it deskills and obstructs the producer class, preventing it from gaining or using requisite thinking competency. It is why the rulers encourage and sustain slums and homelessness. Their value system is revealed by what it does.

Values are like fingerprints. Nobodies are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do. Elvis Presley


Quo Vadis curiosity?

No one wonders about the social mechanisms of action that delivered the perfect record of civilization rise and fall. No one wonders how all these robust, flourishing societies over the millennia of human history managed to rise and fall in exactly the same way. No one wonders why did all the sciences, technologies, and crafts go out of their way to avoid researching the core psychological issues of organizational dysfunction (OD), and especially the thinking process that underwrites appropriate selections. The long term connection of OD to species extinction is directly experienced by everyone.

When the benefits started gushing in with the advent of Plan B in 2013, we had no glimmer of the full significance of what was achieved with the OD solution. The zero response received from the authorities benefiting greatly from Plan B provided the psychological basis for explaining why societies invariably chose extinction over prosperity. Plan B reveals the sinecures as impostors. Human nature is invariant and our inherited genome is the Stone Age model.

Once in authority, the ruling class priority is to maintain maximum distinctions from the workforce class. It is accomplished by obstructing prudent choice-making and the cognitive thinking processes that underwrites appropriate selection.


Signature characteristics of Plan A functioning

  • Depersonalization
  • Mindless obedience to authority
  • Conflicting distinctions in class value systems
  • Fear mongering
  • Opacity
  • Reductionism (fatal)
  • Sinecure corruption (inherent)
  • Artificial zero sum interactions
  • The undiscussables
  • Zero responsibility for OD results
  • Captured by the Nash Equilibrium, “Whack a Mole”
  • Ca’ canny, efficiency withdrawal


The kicker driving this all-psychological affair is built into the architecture of the human central nervous system, Stone Age model. Our subconscious mind is 40,000 times more powerful than our conscious mind. It controls all our senses and actuators. It has its own mental models of reality, unknowable in detail. It runs all our many recognition programs designed for Stone Age survival. It has the cognitive ability to identify a need to react, making the choice of action, and then posting that choice on your subconscious-conscious mind interface teleprompter in a centisecond. Cat 3 problems baffle the subconscious mind. Its memory banks are filled with unreliable information, spring-loaded for GIGO pollution of goal seeking efforts. Its intuition functionality is wrong more than random chance. You can’t solve what you don’t understand.

Your subconscious brain to conscious brain imperative transmitter. If it’s the wrong action for the occasion, you must veto it before it’s executed by habit.
The prime directive

The paramount species functionality of every viable species is choice-making. You are your choices. How you allocate your efforts, cerebral and physical, plots your life trajectory. Consistently make prudent choices and you flourish, win win. Consistently make bad choices and you rot in hell, lose lose. Either way, it’s always your choice. Prudent choice-making is produced from comprehensive thinking skills and protracted cognitive effort.

Human choice-making left to its genome invariably leads to various forms of self-deception and bad selections, individually and socially; and at the left, right, and mainstream of economic, political, and community issues.

That choice-making, a system control technique, is the basic function of species viability is beyond dispute. As a psychological process, selection involves “thinking” mechanisms that control the preparation of candidate solutions using a value system already in the cranial memory banks to select among the candidates. The subconscious mind always goes first.

The thinking process, incredibly complex, underwrites the choice-making process. Do you suppose the people who don’t know how they make choices know any more about how they think? Do you suppose they keep up with the best practices of high-stakes thinking? How about the amalgam of conscious mind, subconscious mind interaction on thinking for cat 3 problems?

The 2013 breakthrough to Plan B makes Cat 3 problems solvable in two distinct phases, social barrier removal always comes first before technical. Plan B is generic and it transposes the Plan A organization as-is.

It’s unfortunate but demonstrably true that the plodding conscious mind has to take responsibility for making prudent choices on Cat 3 problems and only MitMs can be authentically responsible for outcome success. In a nutshell, that’s the magic of keeping flourishing societies viable while facing an uncertain arriving future.

Now we know from first-hand experience, that anyone can receive significant personal benefits from learning and applying the Plan B ideology to his situation. The payoffs of positive reciprocity stream in all social encounters.


The approach

The methodology used to transpose a malfunctioning Plan A situation into Plan B is hyperlearning and testing of what’s learned in operations. The hyperlearning environment is created by silence-breaking on the factors that have to be unlearned. The MitM solves his Cat 3 issue by bringing his social system up to Plan B standards before letting work on the technical system ramp up. When he does, he finds half of the technical system issues that concerned him at the start have disappeared on their own. He is riding the tsunami of creativity generated by the uncaged workforce.

In MitM world, credentials don’t matter. Judge the worth of the transposition process by three measures:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Do we know what we’re talking about?
  3. Does it work?
This table specifies the order of battle to get to and maintain Plan B. Milestones are discussed in more detail in the remaining pages in this gallery.


Website Layout

The banner menu at the top of this page shows six galleries of “pages” arranged in the sequence of consumption that has proven itself by experience. There are 40 system-related subjects on this website covered in 200 “pages,” some the size of a book. Allow plenty of time for ingestion of one gallery before moving on to the next. Yes, it takes considerable cognitive effort. In Plan B world, the demand for conscious, astute thinking is incessant. Yes, it’s unprecedented business as usual. Nobrainer choice making is the enemy of Plan B.

Cross disciplinary because OD is a system problem, subjects range from mathematical physics to the necessary role of emotions in creativity. There is something herein to offend and awe everyone. Remember, everything on this website can be demonstrated in your shop with your people. Your choice.

Thinking is the operational basis of appropriate selection, intelligence. Since everyone is making choices all day every day, thinking is the prime functionality of life itself.

The Black Hole theme of humanity

The psychological “Black Hole” of species Homo sapiens, around which we all revolve, is simple and, at some level understood and acknowledged by everyone. That property means that anyone can go through the same rationale with anyone else and arrive at the same Black Hole viewing station.

You can examine the effect of theme awareness on yourself. It takes less than a second to personally experience the Black Hole reaction. Your subconscious mind will do all the processing work and ring your chimes when its choice-making program has completed.



The apex intellectual functionality of our species is making good choices, appropriate selection, born out as good by results. The statement “You are your choices” is immediately accepted as true by everyone. Your subconscious mind is well aware of the endless parade of choices it has to make 24/7 to keep you intact and viable. It even knows it will have to choose a response to your statement from its reflex response repertoire.


The means by which your choices are made is by thinking. The process that responds to the call to act and moves the choice from its “take action” trigger to “choice made” is powered by intellectual effort. As a parallel to GIGO, if the thinking process is inappropriate or defective, the choice it produces will be counterproductive.


For three thousand years, every philosopher, scientist, and concerned citizen involved with this matter of thinking for good choices, choices that pan out well, has concluded that “nobody thinks.” Since no one has produced evidence to the contrary, including us, we accept the statement as conditionally true. Doing so has explained everything we have learned about organizational dysfunction (OD).


What are we left with? The demonstrable fact that our species is acutely aware of the paramount importance of choice making, is aware that making good choices is reliant on appropriate selection, and, by choice, doesn’t “think.” You are viewing the Black Hole.

The question then arises, why does our species refuse to advance its thinking competency to keep up with the challenges of the times, making choices that are healthy for itself?

Looking around the globe today, it’s impossible to find a nation that consistently makes good choices for its people. We have no ready explanation as to why the population chooses progressive degeneration over prosperity. You can watch the unfolding of this choice on your smartphone. What else is on the news but the choice of fear mongering?

Now that we know the thinking process it takes to make good choices on high-stakes problems, Plan B exists, we see first hand that the self-destruction of modern society is unnecessary. It is not ordained by Nature or by divinity. Add that fact into the mix and it sends the willful choice to avoid the labor of thinking beyond irrational.

The Black Hole theme that imperils humanity sets our current prime directive. You have to first understand the mechanisms of action of the self-destructive social system and its refusal to think before you can formulate a fix. All we know for sure at present is that it will have to be generic to work.

You will find connecting links to this Black Hole menace on most pages of this website.

Table of contents

While it’s quite natural to sample the galleries and pages, whatever confusion happens is on you.

  1. Foundational: The basic knowledge and tools to start the expedition right
  2. Health: Getting rid of insecurity and angst to free up your internal energy to make progress
  3. GYAT Social: Getting Your Act of social intelligence Together
  4. GYAT Technical: Getting your Cat 3 technical system act together in a high-performance Plan B social system environment
  5. MitM: Concepts and tools expressly designed for the keystone position
  6. Athenium: The knowledge base supporting Plan B. Included are our publications, history, the arsenal, and various insights. It is background information in convenient form for the MitMs who constructed and continuously upgrade this website.








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