Monday, December 19, 2011

Rules of Engagement

If you can’t explain it simply you don’t understand it well enough. 
– Albert Einstein

You’ll get the right answers when you condition yourself to ask the right questions.

Rules of Engagement

·  I don’t have all the answers but I’m beginning to ask the right questions.  

·  Do not believe anything you’re told at face value, even if it’s what I tell you.

·  Take what you hear, weigh it against what you know to be true.

·  Take what you know, and evaluate how you know it.

·       Did you learn it through experience?

o   Did you come to your own conclusions?

o   Were your conclusions influenced by your culture, experiences, opinions, family or friends?

·       Did someone tell you?

o   Even the most credible sources are human

§  Humans are fallible

o   Even humans with the best intentions, preparation, or status are human and therefore are susceptible to flaw or error (myself included)

o   It is quicker to learn from the experiences of others than to attempt to experience all things yourself

o   It is important to assess validity of what you hear to establish the sources you can trust

§  It is crucial to understand context of information as well as the content

§  It is critical to understand the difference between intent (cause) and impact (effect)

·       Please treat me with respect, and you will receive respect in return

·       If you are unclear of my intentions or disagree with my opinions, please refer to “My Intent” listed below

·  Subject matter; substance

·  The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings which determine, specify, or clarify meaning of an event or occurrence

·  The purpose of something that is intended
·  Intend – to fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose
·  Summary: The reason why people do the things they do; motives behind actions

·  A significant or strong influence; an effect
·  Effect – the result or outcome of a cause
· Summary: The effect of another’s actions are based on the action themselves and how this action correlates to our perception and reality to cause a reaction

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