The Fourth Dimension

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. America’s three core rights as stated in our Declaration of Independence from a foreign tyrannical king. Rights are existential. This shows how using the power of three adds depth, breadth and stability to thoughts, ideas & concepts.

As briefly presented in Atul Gawande’s New York Times Bestseller, The Checklist Manifesto, organizational core values are typically presented in threes. These three essentially are integrity, excellence & service. Atal goes on to explain that a fourth essential core value is typically absent. This missing core value is discipline.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Discipline is; The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience. Punishment is really the third stage of human resource development. The three stages are best stated as educate, encourage & then enforce as/if necessary.

Three core values are like a tripod, the three points add solid stability. That is fine only if one wishes to remain in one place. Growth requires emotional & intellectual momentum. Momentum requires a fourth leg. That fourth leg is discipline.

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The beautiful picture of the fox was taken my backyard. Sadly, the fox has only three functional legs. The right front was most likely taken by a trap. The fox now hobbles along. Stop hobbling and add discipline to your organizations stated three core values.

He who lives without discipline dies without honour.
Icelandic Proverb

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