If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail!

planning-to-succeed-natural-laws-of-management-arte-marenPlanning is a very important and easily learned technology. It has often been said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So true. But a real plan (and I define a good plan as one that gets done,) is not a list of to-do items. It is the creation of your future.

“THE SUCCESS OF ANY EVENT IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE TIMELY PREPARATION.”1

Excerpt from my book The Natural Laws of Management: The Admin Scale, Chapter 11, PREPARATION, Page 51.

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

 

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1 Hubbard, policy letter titled Too Little Too Late

 

 

 

The Natural Laws of Management: Delegate Does Not Mean Dump

It is supremely important that the executive concentrates on those activities that only he or she can do from his or her vantage point.

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The effective action to ensure this occurrence on any regular basis is often short-circuited, made expedient. Functions that indeed do belong outside of the executive office, more profitably done elsewhere, are not formally delegated but unceremoniously dumped.

A “function dump” might well be defined as passing off a function to another without having insured by direct observation or other means that the individual receiving the function not only fully understands its purpose and value, but in fact has demonstrated his or her ability to actually accomplish the function.

But, you say, “this takes time.  It is so much easier to simply dump it”. I’m reminded of the old saying, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later”. You are going to put in the delegation training time and it is best to do it before you start, rather than after you have begun delegating–only to find that it is necessary to redo much of what you have passed on.

An executive conundrum to consider— why is it we never have the time to do it right, but we always find the time to do it over?

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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The Natural Laws of Management: “Management By Hope”?

It does not matter what you call it—management is defined by its workability! The Natural Laws of Management delves into the infinite number of errors made by managers unfamiliar with “the natural laws” and, more importantly, the most workable of “laws” easily understood and implemented.

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“In the past 25 years, I have observed many a “management system.” You may be familiar with the work of Peter Drucker: “Management by Objectives”. I ran across a company that practices what I would call management by hope. “Are we going to have a better quarter? Dunno, I hope so!” “Will we get the order? Gee, I hope so!” And that there is what I call management by consequence. Employees do things for fear of what happens if they do not.  Now that is a stress environment!

Indeed, L. Ron Hubbard equates such an environment with “being serious”, the enemy of creativity and motivation. In fact, he defines serious as “when interest is important because of penalty.” Of course, as business is a game, it should be fun and treated as a game, as “play with a purpose.” Indeed, Hubbard warns: “The more serious you take the game, the less chance there is of winning.”

Excerpt from The Natural Laws of Management: The Admin Scale,  Chapter 10, Page 50, Chapter on Certainty.

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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The Natural Laws of Management: The Admin Scale, Chapter 3, SOLUTIONS

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This demand for any solution “right now,” regardless of workability, comes about from what L. Ron Hubbard identified as ‘Answer Hunger’:

“An unfinished cycle of communication generates what might be called ‘answer hunger.’  When an individual has, for a very long period of time, consistently waited for answers which did not arrive–any sort of answer, from anywhere, will be pulled in to him, by him, as an effort to remedy his scarcity for answers.”1

In fact, Mr. Hubbard isolated this ‘answer hunger’ phenomenon as the cause of rumor, in The Law of the Omitted Data:

WHERE THERE IS NO DATA AVAILABLE, PEOPLE WILL INVENT IT.“2

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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1 Hubbard, “Communication”, chapter of Dianetics 55, page 107.
2  Hubbard, “How to Handle Black Propaganda”, Policy Letter of 21 November 1972.
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The Natural Laws Laws of Management: The Admin Scale, Chapter 3, Solutions

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This demand for any solution “right now,” regardless of workability, comes about from what L. Ron Hubbard identified as ‘Answer Hunger’:

“An unfinished cycle of communication generates what might be called ‘answer hunger.’  When an individual has, for a very long period of time, consistently waited for answers which did not arrive–any sort of answer, from anywhere, will be pulled in to him, by him, as an effort to remedy his scarcity for answers.”1

In fact, Mr. Hubbard isolated this ‘answer hunger’ phenomenon as the cause of rumor, in The Law of the Omitted Data:

WHERE THERE IS NO DATA AVAILABLE, PEOPLE WILL INVENT IT.“2

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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Arte Maren, Author, Speaker and Business Consultant

1 HUBBARD, “Communication”, chapter of Dianetics 55, page 107.

2  HUBBARD, “How to Handle Black Propaganda”, Policy Letter of 21 November 1972, Public Relations Series 18, Organization Executive Course.

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