Posts Tagged ‘D4P4D’

Building The Perfect Beast

August 2, 2012 10 comments

The figure below illustrates a simplified model of a Starkermann dualism. My behavior can contribute to (amity), or detract from (enmity) your well being and vice versa.

Mr. Starkermann spent decades developing and running simulations of his models to gain an understanding of the behavior of groups. The table below (plucked from Bill Livingston’s D4P4D) shows the results of one of those simulation runs.

The table shows the deleterious effects of institutional hierarchy building. In a single tier organization, the group at the top, which includes everyone since no one is above or below anybody else, attains high levels of achievement (89%). In a 10 layer monstrosity, those at the top benefit greatly (98% achievement) at the expense of those dwelling at the bottom – who actually gain nothing and suffer the negative consequences of being a member of the borg.

What do you think? Does this model correspond to reality? How many tiers are in your org and where are you located?

Still Applicable Today

July 1, 2012 2 comments

Matched Vs. Mismatched

June 14, 2012 1 comment

If for some strange reason you wasted some precious time and read yesterday’s post, you might have wondered what this “mismatch” thing is all about. Hopefully, this excerpt from the forthcoming 2012 edition of  Bill Livingston’s D4P book (not the layman’s D4P4D) should shed some light on the mystery:

Naive outrage? Lack of understanding? Hmm. Not BD00. He knows everything.

Keystone Koppers

June 13, 2012 2 comments

Here’s just one entertaining excerpt from Bill Livingston’s darkly insightful and mind-bending book, “D4P4D“:

The key word in the whole excerpt is “mismatch“. When there is a “match“, all is well, and “business as usual” gets the job done effectively and efficiently.

So, whadya think? Fearful fact? Funny fiction? A touch of both?

Brain-Bustingly Hard

June 9, 2012 2 comments

Unsettlingly, I admire the cross-disciplinary work of William L. Livingston because:

  • It’s difficult to place into a nice and tidy category (systems thinking? social science? philosophy?).
  • It resonates with “something” inside me but it’s brain-bustingly hard to absorb, understand, and re-communicate.
  • The breadth of his vocabulary is astonishing.
  • He doesn’t give a shit about becoming rich and famous.
  • He digs up quotes/paragraphs from obscure, but insightful “mentors” from the past.

As the boxes below (plucked from the D4P4D) show, Gustave Le Bon is one of those insightful mentors, no?

A lot of Mr. Le Bon’s work is available for free online at project Gutenberg.

D4P4D Tweetfest

May 20, 2012 3 comments

I’m in the process of reading William L. Livingston’s “Design For Prevention For Dummies” (D4P4D). I’m a pretty fast reader, but like my prior consumptions of all of Bill’s other dense and mind-absorbing writings, it’s a slow going affair that’s severely playin’ with my mind. I can only read about 10 fascinating pages per sitting before having to abandon ship and recoup my senses. After a martini, it’s 1 page and done. D’oh!

The book is full of masterful and tweet-worthy quotes like these:

Bill, if you’re reading this bogus blog post, I apologize for the lack of attribution in some of the tweets. I think I know you well enough that you don’t give a chit, but since I twisted your words so much in some of the tweets, I didn’t know if I should attribute them to you. Cheers!


May 11, 2012 6 comments

I just received two copies of William Livingston’s “Design For Prevention For Dummies” (D4P4D) gratis from the author himself. It’s actually section 7 of the “Non-Dummies” version of the book. With the addition of  “For Dummies” to the title,  I think it was written explicitly for me. D’oh!

The D4P is a mind bending, control theory based methodology (think feedback loops) for problem prevention in the midst of powerful, natural institutional forces that depend on problem manifestation and continued presence in order to keep the institution alive.

Mr. Livingston is an elegant, Shakespearian-type writer who’s fun to read but tough as hell to understand. I’ve enjoyed consuming his work for over 25 years but I still can’t understand or apply much of what he says – if anything!

As I slowly plod through the richly dense tome, I’ll try to write more posts that disclose the details of the D4P process. If you don’t see anything more about the D4P from me in the future, then you can assume that I’ve drowned in an ocean of confusion.

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