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by Frederick Mann, October 1999
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Report #TL80A: Creativity Report #1 included the Scale of Levels of Creation:

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[Acknowledgment: This scale and its formulas have been adapted and expanded from the "conditions formulas" formulated by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology - and creator of some of the most powerful management technology extant.]

This report deals with the levels of and the formulas for Normal Operation, Emergency, Danger, Affluence, and Power. (This is a bare-bones draft version of the report. It will be fleshed out later. Your questions, comments, and suggestions to Frederick Mann are most welcome.)

Level of Normal Operation

Your life, an activity, project, or business is at the level of normal operation if everything is just humming along according to plan.

Formula for Normal Operation

  1. Don't make any major changes.
  2. If something improves, find out why it improved and reinforce that.
  3. If something worsens, find out why and correct it.
  4. Continuously look for ways to improve formulas or operating procedures.
  5. Continuously look for ways to add value to your personal life, to the activity, project, or business, to its personnel, to its products and services, and to your customers.
  6. Cautiously implement improvements.

Level of Emergency

In the context of the Scale of Levels of Creation, "emergency" is less severe than "danger." An emergency occurs when something starts worsening or going wrong and isn't corrected quickly. You can also arrive at the level of emergency after having applied the non-existence and/or danger formulas.

Formula for Emergency

  1. Identify the emergency (and its source or cause, if appropriate) as accurately as possible. Exactly what has worsened and why?
  2. Promote. Make yourself, your project, activity, or business better known.
  3. Produce and deliver products and/or services. Handle any backlogs.
  4. Add value where necessary and possible.
  5. Change and improve formulas and procedures that led to the emergency.
  6. Improve personnel training where necessary.
  7. Increase productivity and economize.
  8. Improve controls and warning systems, if necessary.

Level of Danger

Once you've applied the formula for non-existence, it may be necessary to apply one of the formulas for danger. In fact, at any time there may be some danger in your life or business that requires urgent handling through applying a formula for danger.

In the context of the Scale of Levels of Creation, "danger" is more serious than "emergency." If you or something are at the level of emergency and the emergency isn't handled, then descent into danger is likely.

Junior Formula for Danger

(For those in charge of an activity, project, or business.)
  1. Identify the danger (and its source or cause, if appropriate) as accurately as possible.
  2. Propose a solution to seniors. If the severity of the danger warrants it, implement an immediate solution and inform seniors and/or colleagues as appropriate.
  3. Propose and/or implement measures to prevent the danger from recurring. Report to seniors and/or colleagues as appropriate.
  4. Apply any necessary parts of the emergency formula.

Senior Formula for Danger

(For those senior to those in charge of an activity, project, or business.)
  1. Identify the danger (and its source or cause, if appropriate) as accurately as possible.
  2. If necessary, by-pass those usually in charge of the activity and personally handle the situation and any danger in it.
  3. Otherwise, give specific instructions to those in charge to take the necessary steps to handle the situation and any danger in it.
  4. Ensure that those who caused the danger learn from the experience so they don't cause the danger again.
  5. If necessary, reorganize the activity and/or change operating procedures to prevent the same danger or similar dangers in future.
  6. Apply any necessary parts of the emergency formula.

Level of Affluence

Affluence occurs when the affairs of an individual, activity, project, or business improve beyond normal operation. For example, income increases significantly over expenses., or some windfall is received. At issue is how to apply a surplus of money or other resources.

Formula for Affluence

  1. Economize. At first glance, this may not make sense. However, many people get into financial trouble after winning the lottery or receiving an unexpected inheritance. They may give up their jobs, invest unwisely, buy things they don't need, waste money on friends and relatives, etc. They may make commitments locking them into future expenditures. Both individuals and organizations have to be very careful about dealing with affluence.

  2. Discover what caused the affluence and cautiously strengthen it.

  3. Use surpluses to reduce or eliminate debt. Pay off bills and mortgages.

  4. Cautiously invest in the expansion of the activity, project, or business. Expand marketing activities, if appropriate. Consider adding facilities to increase production and delivery. All such expansion can be dangerous, particularly if it locks you into additional future expenditure commitments. Many businesses have gotten into serious difficulty or failed because of unwise over-expansion.

  5. Cautiously apply surpluses to add value where appropriate.

  6. Maybe consider cautiously investing in other programs/businesses (outside of your control) if appropriate for your circumstances - e.g. if you have spare capital and you want to "play" with or risk a small percentage of it in the hope of future gains. The idea is to make the extra money work for you. As an individual, you may be able to use such programs to become financially independent. However, in all such programs it's usually wise to recover your initial capital as soon as possible in order to get into a can't-lose position. (But also consider the likelihood that if they fail, you've wasted your resources (money, time, mental energy (distracted investigating such "opportunities"), etc.), which could have instead been used for further productive/expansive purposes in your own business.)

  7. In general, you want to utilize current affluence to ensure and expand future affluence. You want to be very careful to not misapply money and resources in ways that will lead to future trouble.

  8. Realize that wealth tends to attract thieves and robbers. It may be prudent to not flaunt your affluence. You may also want to take steps to protect yourself and your assets against the greatest thieves and robbers of all -- the terrocrats (coercive political agents or terrorist bureaucrats) who masquerade as "government" (so-called).

Level of Power

An individual or organization is at the level of power when they've developed a successful, profitable operation or business, they command considerable resources, and they have a wide range of options available to them. Power is basically the ability to do work and to wield influence.

Formulas for Achieving and Expanding Power

  1. Discover that you and only you control the energy that animates your body and mind. Discover the significance of this. See #TL05: How to Discover Your Freedom.
  2. Discover that you have power of choice. Discover the implications of this. Study #TL10: How to Achieve and Increase Personal Power.
  3. Add value to your personal life by improving health and fitness, acquiring knowledge, better formulas, and skills.
  4. Add value to the activities, projects, or businesses you're involved in and any products and services related to them.
  5. Add value to the lives of your family, friends, associates, contacts, personnel, customers, and the rest of the world.
  6. Always seek to improve formulas in all areas of your life and affairs.
  7. Delegate some of your activities to others, so you can focus on doing what's most productive.
  8. Read books like, The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Acquire and improve the skills he suggests:

Formula for Preventing Loss of Power

  1. Realize that the more power you have, the more scope there is for you to make mistakes that may cost you some of your power.

  2. Realize that the more powerful you become, the more you're likely to be noticed by potential enemies. If you own and/or control a business or activity that grows to become powerful, people may want to take it over. It's not unusual for former friends and business partners to "change color" when the stakes get high. No matter how much you've "done for" people by allowing them to be part of your successful operation and helping them to advance, they may turn against you at any time when they "smell" the possibility of taking the operation away from you.

    So it's prudent to put "control measures" in place (such as signed, undated letters of resignation) so that when someone turns against you, you can get rid of him or her. Be prepared for the possibility that your greatest friend, the person who's been most loyal to you for 10 or 20 years, the person you've helped most personally and professionally, will become your enemy when the stakes get high enough.

  3. Be very careful to not abuse your power. The more power you have, the more potential mistakes are there for you to make. The more power you have, the easier it is to make enemies.

  4. Be careful to not unnecessarily make enemies. However, deal decisively with enemies. Sometimes it's appropriate to deal with an enemy in a way that will serve as an example to others, so they'll think twice before also becoming your enemy. (I reject all initiation of violence. I recommend that you never initiate violence against an enemy. It's much better to organize your affairs so you can remove enemies from your life or business without having to resort to violence.)

  5. Be very careful about locking yourself into future commitments.

  6. Identify things in your life that may drain your power. You may be involved in activities that reduce your power. Eliminate these activities. There may be people in your life who waste your time or otherwise drain your power. Exclude them from your life. Be ruthless in removing or eliminating whatever threatens, reduces, or drains your power.

  7. Be aware of envy and jealousy. As you become more powerful, some people may turn against you out of envy and/or jealousy.

  8. Be very careful about becoming a real or perceived threat to the power of others. Be aware that there are people who want to be "top dog" and may not like the idea of you being "top dog."

  9. Beware of terrocrats (coercive political agents or terrorist bureaucrats) who masquerade as "government" (so-called). Organize your life, business, and affairs so as to minimize the risk from these and other marauders.

  10. Don't grow too fast. A business can get overwhelmed by receiving more orders than it can handle.

Formula for Organizational Power

(An organization or business is at the level of power when it has developed a successful, profitable operation that commands or controls considerable resources and a wide range of options is available to it.)
  1. Identify the source or cause of the power and strengthen it.
  2. Organize the business so that all those involved in it have incentives for it to succeed. See particularly Infinite Wealth by Barry C. Carter.
  3. Use marketing concepts such as "branding" and "positioning" to make the business or organization and its products or services household names.
  4. Study The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge and apply it.
  5. Add value and improve quality wherever appropriate.
  6. Carefully expand the business or organization in appropriate areas. Add new products and/or services.
  7. Consider merging with or acquiring other businesses and/or organizations. Mergers or takeovers can be dangerous -- remember what happened to People Express! -- see #TL30B: The Missing Function.

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