A Great Way to Improve While in Self-Quarantine

Tony Robbins sent this message about dealing with this difficult time. “…We will spring back to normal life, like we always do, like we’ve done for centuries. And when we do, will you be prepared? Are you trained for future challenges? I always say: The meeting of preparation and opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” This post provides you with a great opportunity to help you be more prepared.

In all my posts, I end by asking the reader to share how they “… generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits”. You can LEARN HOW  to do this by actively learning from Dr. Henry Neave’s FREE interactive  “12 Days to Deming” course.

Dr. Henry Neave worked with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the quality management expert, that changed the world and my life. Henry also wrote a great book, “The Deming Dimension“.

Henry has now created a Virtual Way for you to experience the famous, life altering, Deming 4-Day Seminar with his FREE Course, “12 Days to Deming“. This is a great activity to engage with during our shared time in self-quarantine. You can FREELY access and learn from this powerful, educational interactive learning course at 2 sites: (1) the UIC site at www.theuic.com/deming/ and (2) the SPC Press site at www.spcpress.com/12-Days-To-Deming.php .

The “12 Days to Deming course helps the learner understand how begin to apply this breakthrough approach. The “12 Days to Deming program provides newcomers with a great introduction to a better style of manage­ment. It has also been able to fill in gaps in the understanding of well-seasoned Deming prac­ti­tioners.

Henry had the rare pleasure of working directly with Dr. Deming during the final and most pro­ductive few years of Deming’s fortunately long life. He says that he has laid out his course in the form of 12 days of study and activity because it took him personally three of Dr. Deming’s four-day seminars for the latter’s wisdom to begin to sink in!  

The “12 Days to Deming files (ordered by their initial alphabetic identifiers A­–S) are exactly the same on the two websites and are immediately downloadable from both.  The downloading takes only a few seconds at most.  Once downloaded, each file can then be viewed on-screen and/or printed out, irrespective of which of the two websites you are using. 

I encourage you to access these sites to get the course and learn the profound knowledge of Dr. Deming. It will change your life for the better. It is not another way to understand what you already know. After actively participating and learning his teaching you will be transformed because you will experience a very positive dramatic change. I encourage you to start right away, if you do, this quarantine time will help you become the positively productive person you want to be!

I encourage you to use this quarantine time to learn Deming’s teachings by accessing and actively engaging with Dr. Neave’s course, “12 Days to Deming. If you are interested, I share some information below about some ways learning Dr. Deming’s quality methods impacted me, my life and my career.

My life was changed, dramatically, when I was a junior in college (1988).  In my organizational behavior class at Purdue l learned about the quality management methods espoused by W. Edwards Deming for an assignment. I learned a lot about it from my dad who was implementing these methods at his Bethlehem Steel Mill. He shared some materials that I read and it inspired me to learn more.

After reading the only book out at that time, “Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position“, the methods he discussed were so obvious, my thought was, “How could any other methods be used?” Later I also read his other books, “The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education” and “Out of the Crisis“. The New Economics is a great quick read.

After learning his methods and getting my degree, I entered my career in the working world. I was shocked when I learned that despite the proven success of these methods by the Japanese in the 1980’s and many others, most in America were still not using these methods. The dysfunctional, confrontational “prevailing style of management” was and, even today, is still being used. Many attempted to partially adopt his methods after the TV show NBC White Paper, “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?“, but partial adoption was insufficient. A transformation was needed. Those that did the transformation, such as Ford in the late ’80’s, had remarkable success.

Although I did not realize it at the time, Dr. Deming’s teachings changed my life. Everything I have done since learning Dr. Deming’s methods attempts to implement his methods. For example, I am applying quality management methods to health and my Paneugenesis concept, of selfish, selfless, synergy that generates comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits is my way of operationalizing Demings Methods.

I had actually forgotten the dramatic impact Deming had on my work until I attended a Deming Conference at Purdue in 2008. At that conference I realized all my work was my attempt to implement the teachings of Dr. Deming so I could have a positive impact on the world by promoting positive health just as Deming promoted quality.

To continue my learning, I read books about Deming written by his colleagues. I also attend and present at Deming Conferences ongoing around the world. In addition to my reading, I regularly listen to Deming PodCasts available through the Deming Institute and also access their resources. In addition to actively engaging in Dr. Neave’s 12 Days to Deming“, if you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to do the same.

In my work I emphasize that we must “Do More Good, Not Just Less Bad“. This was one of my main takeaways from his teachings. As most of us now know, just fixing problems is insufficient, we must revitalize and restore to create a better, sustainable future.

The sustainability concept doesn’t mean keeping things as they are because that is not enough, we must do better. I attempted to describe this idea in the “Create More Good Not Just Less Bad” presentation I did for the sustainability committee at my university. I also address this concept in many other posts on this site.

Dr. Deming’s impact on our world was powerful and there are now many opportunities to learn about Deming’s methods. Without a doubt, one of the best ways to learn about this life changing information is by actively engaging with Dr. Neave’s 12 Days to Deming“. The effort you put in learning Deming will have a profound positive impact on your life. The Deming Institute also offers multiple resources that I encourage you to investigate.

I am promoting this course because engaging with Dr. Neave’s 12 Days to Demingis a great way to practice paneugenesis so you will be able to generate comprehensive improvements by creating of pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. After you learn from this course, please share your insights below and encourage everyone you know to engage with this course so you can help add a surge to the positive ripple Dr. Deming started. Thank you.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Please share your thoughts below. If you have questions or ideas to share, please contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

A More Effective Way to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

We need to flatten the COVID-19 curve to improve our quality of life.

I am lucky to work with very smart people. I learn so much from them. My smart colleague, Karen Vail-Smith today, asked why we are doing what we are doing for the coronavirus? She says why don’t we use “Universal Precautions” like was done when HIV first appeared.

Testing doesn’t treat anyone, it just identify’s who has it.

Her recommendation:

  1. Act as if all are contagious. Use social distancing. If you have symptoms stay away from others and get treated. Use “Universal Precautions”.
  2. Use resources to treat people that are sick. Build more ventilators, pay more health care providers, and expand capacity to treat and care for the sick.
  3. Money time and effort are being wasted finding a better test because tests don’t treat and they are slow and imperfect.
  4. Focus on everybody doing what they should do to keep from getting infected and spend resources on treating and eradicating the problem.

Wouldn’t this be a more effective way to flatten the COVID-19 curve?

Engage in things that will increase your abilities and skills for the future while you are keeping yourself and others from being infected.

As always, be safe doing what you can to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone you can safely interact with benefits.

 

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Looking Toward a Better Tomorrow

A friend shared this valuable message. For now, enjoy the company of your family and those you can, and when this is over…

Enjoy and grow from the process of life, including this detour, and all its wonder….including some imperfections.

Be safe doing what you can to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone you can safely interact with benefits.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Logic of Ending Pandemic Response Team

Breaking News:

Did Trump Administration Fire the US Pandemic Response Team?

I ran the White House pandemic office. Trump closed it.

According to FactCheck.org® regarding plans to defund public health agencies prior to the coronavirus outbreak, they stipulate (see Fact Check.Org for more detail):

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: It’s true that the president’s proposed budgets have included funding cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — but Congress hasn’t enacted those cuts.

In other words, it is not clear what exactly happened.

This is not a democratic or republican issue. Logically, why should we fund an agency and people only to respond to an emergency? From an efficiency standpoint, it would be a waste money. After all, since capable people are working, we could just mount a defense if something happens. Calling on them only when needed keeps them working on other matters until necessary. That is logical.

This the paradigm or current way of thinking for our “acute”, fix it when its broken, health care system. This thinking also dominates much of our lives. Regular Harvard Business Review contributor and author Umair Haque makes this clear in his multiple publications. By default, the fix it when it is broken or pathogenesis, problem origin thinking, has captured our thought and action process. This seems to be how things are done and how the system is designed.

Multiple promising alternatives seem to provide a better way. Umair Haque outlines a better way with better processes and outcomes in his many publications such as, Betterness: Economics for Humans, The Betterness Manifesto – Harvard Business Review, The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business and on Harvard Business Review: The Awesomeness Manifesto.

Based on these works, my work and that of many others, evidence suggests a better way exists. On December 7, 2014 I also suggested a better way when I commented that team to respond to emergencies seemed inefficient in my post, Evolve Maintenance to Improvement to Create +3’s. In this post I noted,

Maintenance means to maintain what we have. Of course that is good and better than making things worse and may be needed when something doesn’t work. From another perspective, it may be valuable to not see this as a problem but as an opportunity. These situations are an opportunity to create better if the focus is on true improvement and the aim is to create a +3 so everyone and everything benefits. Recall +3 relates to Exceeding Expectations.

A way to put this idea into practice is to evolve maintenance programs, groups or people to Continuous Improvers. As I have often discussed, the paneugenesis concept and model’s basic aim is to produce gains and make things better than they could be otherwise.

To put this into practice, I have my students do projects aim is a thriving, better than possible now outcome. I explain, the outcome should mean things are better than they could be even if nothing unforeseen happens. This challenges them because topical issues in their chapters include Disaster Preparedness, Violence Prevention, Smoking Cessation, Physical Activity, Sexual Health, Eating Well, Substance Safety, Injury Prevention, Oral Health and Organizational Wellness. Some topics that are health promoting such as physical activity, eating well and sexual health seem direct, but others related to injury, violence, or cessation are not.

All however pose a challenge because just because we are physically active or eat well – they must develop a process and desired outcome that would document a thriving organization. In our rich society, positive outcomes are expectations. Everybody knows health promoting actions should be done. They therefore have to design a project such that everyone and everything benefits and the by-product is the topic they are assigned.

Great results included bringing construction management, interior design, and public health students along with many others to develop unused spaces in dorms that were on the basement level. Creating a basement area through student driven projects would provide great learning experiences for the students as it developed a network or professionals on campus. This process would create a study area for students not available previously that they could use on a daily basis. Then, as a by-product, these basements provided a place to go if a disaster happens. The process also created networked group of professionals ready and able to respond to a disaster, as a by-product. If in the future a disaster did not occur, these actions have still made it better for all.

Another project proposed transforming unused space on campus into an eSports arena. Computer programmers, interior designers, construction management, marketing students, and business students all could be involved to develop skills while creating a state of the art eSports program. This eSports program however would utilize active programs to increase physical activity as it also made social interaction more likely thus generating physical activity and social interaction as a by-product as it created and built a better campus.

For other topical areas, a caring community’s by-product would be violence prevention, a more walkable campus would increase interaction and physical activity whose by-product would be injury prevention. The ideas are endless, the difference is that the starting point is the idealized outcome of a better community than is possible now, not the problem hoping to be avoided. Thinking of the problem to eliminate may not make things better unless it is the aim.

Other examples created a desirable community through the development of skills necessary to enable a better life with a by-product of less problems and the by-product capability to handle problems that do occur. As noted by Steven Pinker, reason overcomes violence.

The processes that result in “Betterness” and “Awesomeness” as described by Umair Haque is what I call Paneugenesis because it generates comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. In other words, ending the Pandemic Response team makes sense if we use the prevailing style of management. Unfortunately that method focuses on what to after it breaks so it is not as effective as focusing on how to make things better than before by using the Paneugenesis Process whose by-product also leaves us more prepared.

The Netherlands used this approach in the 1950’s after a flooding. Please see the 60 Minutes story and others of how they created a better community that as a by-product, also prevented flooding.

 

Please share your thoughts below about how you will create improvement, not just maintenance. Thank you.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Lifestyle Behavior for Health Article Published in AJLM

A great deal of focus, attention, and money has been spent to help us improve our lifestyles with the belief that this will lead to improved health. Without a doubt, there is potential. Reality, however, shows us that although some things are better, the trend is not what it should or could be. From my perspective there may be a better approach. Evidence from my work and from many others suggests that  a comprehensive, pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic salutogenic or health causing approach would be more effective.

Data in this article documents a lack of progress using current methods in improving lifestyle behaviors. My colleagues (Kerry Sewell, Hui Bian and Joseph Lee) and I published this article, Limited Improvements in Health Behaviors Suggest Need to Review Approaches to Health Promotion: A Repeated, Cross-Sectional Study in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine to recommend a another approach.

If you have time and are able, I encourage you to read the article and share your thoughts and also let us know how you generate comprehensive improvements! Thank you.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

McKibben Shares What We can Learn from Covid-19

**BONUS POST FOR THE WEEKEND**

Bill McKibben, American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming shares some thoughts in his New Yorker column:

Bill McKibben, like all of us, knows the corona virus is a scourge on society. Despite this, he sees an opportunity in this problem. The opportunity will be something we can cause to happen. The opportunity is that when we are able to move beyond forced isolation, we need to remember how valuable social connections are for a better life. As we understand that, we should then work toward designing our life to incorporate more beneficial interactions with family, friends and colleagues. He also explains that this crisis can help us remember how wonderful it is to be able to telecommute, if needed, and to buy local.

My reading of his article suggests that this terrible crisis may help us remember and then move toward a better and more productive way of living that also results in a higher quality of life and greater satisfaction, if we chose. He also seems to be suggesting that by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless interactions – everyone and everything benefits because these interactions generate comprehensive improvements. In other words, he suggests we should Practice Paneugenesis. Please share how you generate comprehensive improvements!

Please share your thoughts below. Thank you.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Will AI or Man be the Last Standing?

Many rightly have feared the coming of technology, especially AI or Artificial Intelligence. Data is the new oil and overwhelming amounts of data are being collected. Some insist we need AI  to effectively use all this information. Sylvain Duranton’s TED Talk, “How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses” gives us a fresh perspective.

Technology and automation have already taken away many jobs and it is predicted it will take away millions more in the near future. However, based on what I am learning, there seems to be some misunderstanding. I am currently working to use AI as an assistant or coach to help people live better.

These misunderstandings are explained very well in Sylvain’s TED Talk below. As he explains, companies are mistakenly using AI with the belief it will eliminate bureaucracy. This however is mistaken, like a bureaucracy, AI depends on rules and protocols even more than humans. He calls it “Algocracy”. Many are using AI to take out human bias and mistakes. This however is an even bigger mistake. Machines are good, but limited. Man is good, but bias. Man + Machine has the potential to do bette than either by themselves.

My current efforts are focused on using AI to help us generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits, or by practicing paneugenesis.  Are you using AI? Please share your experiences below. I look forward to hearing how you generate comprehensive improvements.

 

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Thank you for reading, please comment below and contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com