Fostering Dignity

I learned about John Perry Barlow's "The 25 Principles of Adult Behavior" while attending the 2018 School for Change Agents through Horizons National Health Services in the United Kingdom. (If you haven't taken their classes, I highly recommend them. They are online and it was free!) We've all heard the term "lead by example," right? Well, "Change Starts with Me" was the School for Change Agents' first class. I wanted to share the 12 principles that the School for Change Agents shared because I couldn't help but think about how beneficial these principles are for creating and sustaining change initiatives:

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The Infinitum Healthcare Transformation System would add Barlow's #22, foster dignity, to the School for Change Agents list for "Change Starts with Me." If you look up the definition for dignity, you'll read that it is a sense of pride in oneself or self-respect, and knowing that you are worthy of honor or respect. One of the two pillars of lean is respect for people. Respect fosters dignity and creates intrinsic motivation to sustain the other pillar of lean: continuous improvement.


Note:  Here's the entire list of Barlow's "The 25 Principles Of Adult Behavior," if you're curious:

 1. Be patient. No matter what.

2. Don’t bad-mouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.

3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.

4. Expand your sense of the possible.

5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.

6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.

7. Tolerate ambiguity.

8. Laugh at yourself frequently.

9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.

10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.

11. Give up blood sports.

12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.

13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)

14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.

15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.

16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.

17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.

18. Admit your errors freely and soon.

19. Become less suspicious of joy.

20. Understand humility.

21. Remember that love forgives everything.

22. Foster dignity.

23. Live memorably.

24. Love yourself.

25. Endure.