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Unicist Riddle: The Centipede

Many, many years ago a centipede, which lived in a forest, had unsolvable problems. His salary was insufficient to pay for the shoes he used. His life was empty. No cinema, no theatre, no vacations; nothing that required money to be bought.
The centipede searched for solutions all over the forest. He went from stone to stone, from tree to tree, from friend to friend. No solutions were found, just desperation.

Finally he met a friend who proposed him a solution. Why don’t you visit the owl? He is the senior consultant of the forest. He is wise and counsels everybody. He is really respected in the forest.

After thinking it over for some time, he decided to go. His situation was unbearable. No cinema, no anything. Surviving was the most he could do.
The great day came and with hope and joy he visited the owl and told him his story. The owl listened carefully and respectfully. Finally after reflecting on the centipede’s problem he proposed a solution.

“I have the solution for your problem,” said the owl. “Put on a pair of wings and fly”.
“Thank you!” replied the centipede. “I have finally found my way. Now I will be able to go to the cinema and to the theatre.  I will be able to live my life again.”
After leaving the owl’s room, the centipede thought, ‘how can I do that?”
Immediately he returned to owl’s office and asked him how to put on wings and fly.
With the same formality he had used before the owl replied.
“Look, the responsibility of a consultant is to propose ideas. Implementation is the client’s responsibility.”
The centipede did not just leave the room. He fled…..

He stayed alone for more than a month. His problem was harassing him. He saw no way out. His alternative was to commit suicide, but he could not find the courage to do so.

Some time after, while resting on a stone with his eyes looking nowhere, an ant saw his depressive look.
“What is wrong with you? Why are you sad? The day is nice, it is spring; what is your problem?” the ant asked.
The centipede felt the need to tell him his story. The ant listened carefully and suggested that he go talk with the eagle (*), the other counselor in the forest.
“No way! I do not want to talk with anybody again.” said the centipede.
“You have no choice”, replied the ant. “And please consider that it was very helpful in my case.”

Finally he decided to go. He was really scared.
The eagle had a penetrating sight that appeared extremely aggressive. The centipede began to tell him his sad history, but he could not finish. The eagle interrupted him.
“I have the solution for your problem”, said the eagle.
“I have seen this movie before” thought the centipede.
“Just use half of the shoes. Use one foot with a shoe and leave the next barefooted. Thus you will reduce the cost of the shoes you have to buy. After having this done for a month, please visit me again.”
He left the room limping. Toc, non-toc, toc, non-toc.
Finally he rebelled. He threw all the shoes away.
“No more!!!” He said, and began walking barefooted.

He had found his way. He didn’t use shoes anymore.
That is why, to this day, centipedes do not use shoes.
He never visited the eagle again. What for? His life was on its way. From time to time, when the eagle and the centipede met in the forest, they would smile at each other.

(*) Eagles and owls are deadly enemies in nature.

Excerpt from the book “Unicist Riddles” by Peter Belohlavek.

What are the groundings of the eagle’s proposal?
Why are eagles and owls deadly enemies in nature?

Riddles have many solutions. In the Far East, riddles are used to develop internal freedom and responsibility.


Integrating cures, prevention and wellbeing in healthcare

Medical practice naturally includes a curing activity, which includes both curative and palliative aspects and a preventive action in order to provide wellbeing.

The most difficult aspect in healthcare practice is to be able to integrate these three aspects in a realistic way and not considering only what should be done.

The signs and symptoms of a patient are observable. Dealing with them only requires having the knowledge of their meaning.

The aspects that deal with prevention are less observable because they vary from culture to culture and from patient to patient.

But the most difficult aspect to deal with is the understanding of the wellbeing of a patient which can only be intuited.

The preceding facts explain why healthcare is strongly focused on curing.

Medical Practice Viruses

When physicians do not assume the responsibility for wellbeing they install a business virus type “A” into their practice. The consequence is that they will be focused on diseases.

When physicians do not consider prevention they install a business virus type “B” into their practice. The consequence is that they will be focused on an “invasive” approach to patients.

Access more information on business viruses at: http://www.unicist.org/deb_ubt.php

Request more information: n.i.brown@unicist.org

Diana Belohlavek
VP Knowledge Management
& Communication

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution. The applicative researches are based on the discovery of the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature and the consequent Unicist Theory of Evolution.


The coordination of Unicist “A” Groups to introduce changes

The leadership of Unicist Avant Garde Groups requires fostering extreme synergy among the members. It is based on three differentiated roles: the coordinator, the fallacy-shooter and the ombudsman/woman.

Unicist A groups leadership“A” Groups are the “institutionalized” way to introduce medium size changes in an organization. They are fully participative and democratic. Democracy in business implies that all the opinions have the power of their groundings.

Medium size changes are introduced to increase the level of security in work processes to empower an organization to increase the added value in their internal and external environment.

Changes are introduced through the operational modifications of work processes or in the business objects that are being used.

To ensure the success of an “A” Group its leadership has to fulfill the following objectives:

1) The Coordinator has to guide participants’ work and delivery. If participants have problems with their delivery the coordinator has to solve them somehow.
2) The Fallacy-shooter has to confirm the validity of the proposals. S/he has to ensure that the necessary knowledge to develop the work is available and also support her/his colleagues.
3) The ombudsman has to ensure the achievement of the value adding solutions for the internal/external clients of the group.

The external counselor is responsible for providing the necessary technologies, the democratic context for the group and for managing the structure of the change-project, providing the necessary alternatives to achieve the change that underlies the operational aspects of the activities.

The preparation period of an “A” Group demands between 2 weeks and 2 months until it has the concept of what is being done. Then the implementation process is very short.

Success, recognition and diplomas close the process of an “A” Group.


Syntony, harmony and melody in the evolution of businesses

The Unicist Standard deals with the evolution of businesses considering that it is necessary to produce a “change without changing”.

unicist organizational stabilityThis is not a paradox. It means that the effective changes in organizations have to happen without changing the nature of an organization. The nature of organizations doesn’t change, what can be changed is the way the nature of a business deals with the adaptive process in a market.

Organizations are stable when they have achieved an “organizational consonance”. This implies that their purposes are syntonic with the environment, their concepts are harmonic with the beliefs of their market and their actions are melodic, following their potential clients needs.

Organizations evolve when an organizational consonance doesn’t produce the necessary results for shareholders, stakeholders and the company itself. But the change has to happen within the limits of the natural harmony of the business.

In plain language: if there is an external need for change, produce it using the instruments you have and help people to learn the new melodies that need to be used.


Healthcare systems need to foster medical excellence

Medical excellence requires being focused on adding value to people. Medical excellence is implicit in the Hippocratic Oath; it implies providing cures but also promoting prevention.

medical excellenceThe unicist ontological research developed on the practice of “eminencies in medicine” demonstrated that all of them had one driving force: the search for excellence.

They were driven by the need of fining new ways to generate additional added value to patients, developing the necessary actions to develop a continuous improvement of their practice and spending the necessary time to study and learn.

Both diseases and technology evolve. Therefore medical excellence implies an endless pathway to improve the practice and to learn about diseases and technologies.

This makes medical practice a unique professional field. It is necessary that healthcare systems provide the access to continuous improvement and to learning.

Healthcare IT needs to be focused on providing a technological environment that fosters medical excellence.


Indignation: a natural feeling for high-potential physicians

A unicist ontological research on the prices physicians have to pay to become professors,  made with “eminencies in cardiology”, demonstrated that indignation was a natural price to be paid.

prices paid by physicians1The core characteristic of high-potential physicians is their need to preach by example. This attitude is driven by their professional and personal dignity.

Thus, they feel abused when they become part of a “massive” environment where the materialistic and subjective needs prevail in everyday action.

Their need to preach by example is taken by others as an opportunity to avoid assuming responsibilities, hiding behind this preaching by example and the shared fallacies of their activity.

The research showed that the difference between high-potential physicians and professors is that the latter accept the difference of their role from other’s and therefore feel no indignation when their activity is disregarded in an environment.

They consider that most of the systems in medical practice have been designed to sustain people who naturally do not preach by example. When they are young, they feel indignation, when they become mature, they consider this natural and necessary.


The building of efficacy in Healthcare Management

Unicist efficacy is defined as the capacity of individuals to produce results in a responsible way.

The fundamentals of work programmingIt implies the production of results having assumed the responsibility for producing them. This is convenient when managing administrative systems because it minimizes the cost of controlling the activity.

But efficacy is necessary when dealing with adaptive systems, because the individual needs to be able to adapt to the changes of the environment.

Individuals need to have the necessary internal knowledge to assume the responsibility for results. This internal knowledge is called “intrapersonal program”. It means that the individual knows what to do and is aware of the changes in the environment.

The work processes have to be designed providing the necessary programs to solve problems and to deal with the technical knowledge that is needed.

The workstation design defines the possibility of individuals to exert their efficacy. Investing in workstation design implies improving the possibilities of growth for the company and the quality of life of their members.


Building and Sustaining Healthcare Business Positioning

The culture of a company defines its positioning in the market, and the work procedures of a business are the observable elements of that culture.

unicist process design2Business positioning defines who the peers of the company are and who should be the members of the organization.

The purpose of organizational cultural design is to ensure that the habits of the company are consistent with the market of the business. These habits are observable in the work procedures and are sustained by the beliefs of the members of the organization.

Cultural change is necessary when businesses extend their markets. The larger the markets are, the higher the level of programming of the work procedures of the businesses and the more adaptive they have to be.

The reliability of work processes has to be ensured when organizations expand their critical mass to influence the market. This increase of reliability implies that the expansion processes demand adjusting the procedures.

Adapting work procedures allows influencing the culture of an organization putting a higher level of work ethics into action.


Save energy optimizing the healthcare work process design

The work process design defines the capacity of an organization to work as a system being reliable for the market and its members.

unicist-process design1“Best Place to Work” has two basic drivers:
a)  the success of the stakeholders of an organization
b)  the growth of the business

The objective of every work process is to produce a utility that might be an added value or risk avoidance.

The functionality of processes implies managing the necessary technology to be competitive and to produce the results in an optimal way.

The reliability of processes is given by the redundancies of such processes, when it is an administrative system, or by the quality assurance, when it is an adaptive system.

Revising the design of work processes every two years in order to adapt them to the new technologies is a must in any competitive organization. It allows growing and building or sustaining a “Best place to Work” for the members of the organization.