Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Value-Focused Thinking

Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has given us one of the best Value-Focused Thinking quotes ever.

Pirsig said,

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."

Start with values. Make a plan. Grade results against values, not against the plan.

In other words:

  • Values (Heart). Get the values right or the numbers don't matter.
  • Plan (Head). Get the numbers right, or the results don't matter.
  • Action (Hands). Execute the plan and get results that matter.
Your thoughts?

Comments welcome!

Note: I published a version of this idea inside an earlier post about the Occupy Wall Street movement. You can view and compare that previous expression HERE