(To tell us where we are going.)
- Solve important problems with systematic problem solving.
(To tell us where we are going more specifically.)
- Systematize problem solving and extract other fundamental knowledge about the world, people, organizations and other systems. We see it as a way to significantly improve our problem solving abilities.
- Achieve, and know how to achieve, individual excellence by satisfying all major individual needs, cultivating supporting qualities and energy. Share this knowledge with others.
- Help organizations achieve and sustain organizational excellence where they meet needs and exceed expectations of all their stakeholders (employees, customers, shareholders, wider community and nature).
Our core values
(To tell us what the paths should look like.)
- Meaningful work. To provide contribution and help to others in a way that matters and is related to our vision.
- Meaningful relationships kept long-term and filled with mutual respect, trust and connection.
- Meaningful life via meaningful work, meaningful relationships, being “human”, keeping healthy and energetic and fulfilling all major individual needs.
- Understanding. We want to know the truth, understand the world, understand the fundamental laws of the universe and apply this knowledge to fulfill our vision and other core values.
Our core principles
(Simple rules to quickly tell us in daily situations which paths to take. These rules are designed to increase our chances to come closer to our vision and be in agreement with our core values.)
- Excellence, high standards & goal-orientation. Whether on the individual level or organizational level, we consider mediocrity or even medium above averageness to be boring, not fulfilling and therefore not something to satisfy with. Excellence requires having and maintaining high standards. To be able to have them, we focus the excellence effort on vision and core values and don’t get too distracted. Beware of perfectionism as it is a danger to enjoying life, to relationships and also to achieve the goal.
- Proactivity, courage, patience & humility. Excellence, meaningful work, meaningful relationships, meaningful life or understanding – they will not fully come to us, we need to come to them. We shall do things in our circle of control or at least influence, take responsibility for them, do the best we can and even improve, be proactive. Sometimes, we need the courage to help me do the right, but tough things. Patience is important to keep us on track and save us from falling into frustration and depression when results are not as quick as we hope for. But beware of misusing patience to justify laziness or easily avoidable inefficiency. And humility might be the most important of all of them. 1) It reminds us that we are just a few of 7+ billion people, that there are forces we sometimes cannot predict or influence and that even when doing our best, it doesn’t have to lead where we wish it to lead. 2) It reminds us there are always different perspectives to see a situation and that we don’t see many of those perspectives. 3) Being humble helps to not be afraid of being wrong and combined with the desire for deep understanding, we look forward to realizing that we are wrong, because it helps us to learn and grow. 4) It minimizes chances or intensity of falling into ego traps of “feeling too important”, “being right” and “being too proud”, which are serious dangers to deep understanding and good relationships.
- Principles and systematization. We believe that we, humans, mostly act based on our emotions, habits, and intuition supported by some quite random thoughts and post-rationalization. Results are typically pretty random and mediocre and there’s a better way. We want to improve our behavior and rely less on quite random emotions, semi-randomly built habits and quite random thoughts. We have carefully chosen, time-proven, habituated set of principles to guide us in daily situations. We also have systems/processes which help me solve more complex problems where pure principles, intuition, quite random emotions and thoughts are not enough to provide the right answer and some non-trivial thinking is needed too.
- Continuous improvement. It is not possible to sustain excellence without never-ending continuous improvement. We are willing to change everything, even our principles and core systematization if needed to.
- Reusability and innovation. Reusability is one of a very few principles (if not the only one) which can often significantly help with all 5 basic solution measures – cheaper, faster, higher quality of the result, higher enjoyment of the process and decreased risk and uncertainty. The ideas of principles and systematization mentioned above are built on reusability. Other common applications of reusability include tools, products, processes, checklists, templates, … It is highly ineffective to not reuse what’s already done and always reinvent the wheel. Reuse what can be effectively reused, but remember that sticking only to what is done and not improving will, in the long-term, almost surely lead to stagnation and mediocrity, if not worse.
- Service first, money second. It’s not that money are not important, it’s just that providing service is more important and money are a consequence of providing service. Money is important as they are a necessity for survival and sustainability. We believe the universe almost always behaves according to “What you give is what you get” principle and that if you provide great service to satisfy needs of others, you get rewarded by great money too. Moreover, if you focus primarily on yourself via money and not on providing service, you won’t generate enough value and therefore you won’t get enough value (money), especially in the long-term.
- Win-win thinking and synergy. Win-win thinking is not about compromise (especially if a compromise would lead to lose-lose), it’s about finding options, maybe hard to see options, where all parties win, where we find synergy. Don’t go into situations where some party will lose (whether it’s you or someone else), go only into situations where you expect all parties to win. And when already in a situation, try hard to solve it in a way that all parties win. We consider a strong habit of win-win thinking to be a necessary and almost sufficient condition for meaningful relationships built on respect and trust. Win-win thinking is also our basic principle to help us stay on the right path and not slip to a path of immoral and unethical behavior. We care about two more things related to win-win thinking: 1) be aware, explicit and transparent on what is “our win” and, if possible, we want the other parties also to be aware, explicit and transparent on what is “their win”; 2) be conscious that the needs, values (or their relative importance) are probably different for others – especially considering that the important needs of others could be love, comfort, harmony, appreciation, fun or ego, while understanding, excellence, results, continuous improvement not that much. It’s OK – we all want and deserve to be happy and just have different ways to get there.
- Radical Truth and Radical Transparency. Being radically honest and transparent can cause some short-term pain (mostly emotional). Be careful and try to avoid this short-term pain if possible, for example by using win-win thinking. On the other hand, not being honest or transparent has typically much worse long-term consequences – it’s pretty hard to get to excellence, meaningful work, and meaningful relationships without being strongly honest and strongly transparent. Without radical truth and radical transparency: 1) trust in relationships is threatened, 2) growth, improvement, understanding, and excellence are threatened, 3) minor conflicts are more likely to be suppressed and then they grow into larger, even unsolvable and relationship-breaking conflicts, 4) we unnecessarily spend lots of energy on hiding, bending or making up the truth, 5) we are afraid that we might unconsciously go against our conscience.