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Posted 31 January 2014 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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These days, there are many management models that talk a lot about how each one of us is unique, how we are, each, different from everyone else around us.

There are a lot of management models that emphasise the fact that we are all different from each other. These management models have a tendency to lump people into various classes and tell the aspiring manager the following theory:

"We are all unique. We are all different. Your task is to figure out what kind of person you are, and then figure out what kind of person the other is, and then, try to "match your style" to the style of the other".

Then the management trainer will present some kind of model which artificially makes distinctions between people; similar to the way that astrologers divide people into the twelve star signs. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, et cetera.

So you have:

  • The N.L.P. people saying you might be a: kinaesthetic, auditory, or a visual person.
  • You have Belbin splitting people up into eight or nine camps: Plant, resource investigator, chairperson, etc.
  • You have Myers Briggs splitting people into 16 major types: and a complex theory of how these 16 factors interact.
  • You have Eric Berne, and the transactional analysis team, playing their games, with the three "ego states": parent, adult, and child.

There are a multitude of questionnaires that are supposed to reveal to you, what "type of person you are". There are learning styles questionnaires, leadership styles questionnaires. There are communications styles questionnaires. All of these models tend to emphasise the differences that exist between you and others, so that you might become more "self-aware of your own unique style" and be more able to "build rapport" by matching your communication, leadership, learning style, to that of the listener.

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This is all baffling

This is all very, very baffling and, to my mind, not very helpful. These theories make the world of work, not an easier place to understand, but rather, a more difficult place to understand. Therefore, they are not good theories. They don't help you; they hinder your progress. They are no good in the real world of work.

Is there a better way to study human nature?

Yes. Rather than thinking about how people are different from each other, why not think about how we are the same? My point is this: we have more things in common than we do have differences.

We should concentrate our attention on what is universal amongst us, rather than what is unique.

We should look for the universal principles that apply to us all, by virtue of the fact that we are all human beings, each one trying to make their way through life, as best they can, in a world that is uncertain, ever-changing, and filled with other people, who are each trying to make their own way through life, as best they can.

We are more the same than we are different.

We should focus on what is common for all men, and all women, at all times.
We should be learning the universals.

We should be studying the universal principles of successful human action.

Question: are there a set of universal principles that might describe the fundamentals of successful human action?

Answer: Yes.

There are success principles for all human activities

For example, there are success principles for managing your money, for losing weight, for performing heart surgery, for having a successful marriage, for running a sales team. There are success principles for every individual human activity.

But there are also broader success principles, that you might call, principles governing how to live life successfully and that means, how to achieve all your goals, without violating the rights of others.

Next question. What are they?

What are the "universal success principles" to be followed by us all?

What are the success principles to be followed by anyone, whether that person is a man, or a woman, young or old, educated or not, black, white, yellow or green, gay or straight, able bodied, or not, religious or secular.

What are the universal success principles that describe how to act

In order to be able to achieve all your goals, without violating the rights of others?
These are "the universal principles of effective human action".
You should make these, the "universal success principles", the objects of your studies.

Forget about the factors that make us different.

Think instead about the universals

Think about what factors make people successful, irrespective of individual variations in their temperament, psychology, physiology, skin colour, nationality, geography, or star sign.
Search for the one set of unchanging, universal principles of effective human action.
Focus your attention on what unites people. Learn this "super-set" of universal principles and apply them to all people, including yourself.
Especially yourself.

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