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.
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.