People are intrigued when they see good things happening in the lives of individuals, families, and organisations that are based on solid principles. They admire such personal strength and maturity, such family unity and teamwork, such adaptive syner-gistic organizational culture.
And their immediate request is very revealing of their basic paradigm. “How do you do it? Teach me the techniques.” What they’re really saying is, “Give some quick fix advice or solution that will relieve the pain in my own situation.”
They will find people who will meet their wants and teach these things; and for a short time, skills and techniques may appear to work. They may eliminate some of the cosmetic or acute problems through social aspirins and band-aids.
But the underlying chronic condition remains, and eventually new acute symptoms will appear. The more people are into quick fix and focus on the acute problems and pain, the more that very approach contributes to the underlying chronic condition. The way we see the problem is the problem.
Whether people see it or not, many are becoming disillusioned with empty promisws of the Personality Ethic. As I travel aro-und the country and work with organisations, I find that long-term thinking executives are simply turned off by psych up psychology and “motivational” speakers who have nothing more to share than entertaining stories mingled with platitudes.
They want substance ; they want process. They want more than aspirin and band-aids. They want to solve the chronic underlying problems and focus on the principles thay bring long-term results.