How are you? I hope you are doing all you can to adjust to all the Culture Rules you have been reading from my letters.
As simple as this culture rule may sound, it is one of the most powerful culture rules of all. I take a lot of things for granted. In fact, I used to make fun of people who have a habit of cross checking things such as their car engine oil, the house security, even the children in the bedroom. I didn't realize that violating this law would cost me dearly one day.
That day was when the owner of the supermarket I worked in, over 60 years ago, asked me to make a presentation to a bunch of South African investors who we wanted to become partners with the supermarket. They were well connected and very resourceful.
In fact their partnership would result in the supermarket having many branches all over South Africa. It was a huge responsibility and privilege. I was given a full month to prepare for the presentation.
As I can recall what happened, my boss gave me some financial documents to give to the investors. These documents contained profit statements for the past 10 years. These documents were the selling point that I was to use to win the investors interest and business commitment.
The day of the presentation had arrived. It was to take place at the supermarket boardroom, 9am prompt.
I left the house at 7am with the intention of getting to the office as early as possible. I decided to take a shortcut to beat the intending traffic that always builds up around 8am. The short cut had a lot of twists and turns; the road was very bumpy and the area was often isolated.
As I drove through the short cut, my car climbed over a bunch of sharp edged rocks. All of a sudden, I heard a loud noise. I quickly stepped on the brake and got out of the car to check what happened... I had a flat tire.
It is so risky to take things for granted, never taking the time to check it again to be sure all is well and in place.
So, I had all the letters and their meanings:
F :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ Facts, not just Opinions
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "Make sure what you know is complete and correct"
A :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ Ask the Right and Best Source
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "If they don't qualify, don't pay any attention to them"
S :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ See in Systems
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "Know the story behind the story"
T :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ Think and Act the Best Way
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "Respond to the situation instead of reacting to it"
ÃÃ I :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ Inquire, Expect, Prepare, Move
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "Define the Game and know its Rules, if you want to play it"
N :ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ Never Assume
ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ ÃÃ "Check it again, you need to be sure"
I had discovered the Culture Matrix 'FAST(IN)' but I pronounced it 'FASIN'. The word came from the 1st letter of every command.
Observe it again: (F.A.S.T.I.N)
Dear Child, FAST(IN) was going to take me on the wildest adventure I could ever imagine. FAST(IN) existed everywhere; business, office work, marriage, relationships, parenting ,money, health, students, school..... the list goes on and on. I will begin to explain it all in my next letter.
Please meditate on the full meaning of FAST(IN) again, they are all very important. You will need to know them by heart if you want to use them.
Remember, your Culture is everything.
Copyright © 2011 HiZen-3 Ltd
This story is a series of letters written by Segun Cadmus, Manager, HiZen-3 Ltd, a company created to be the Ultimate guide in Culture Management at work and life. Please visit us at: http://www.hizenworld.com for more information about what we do.
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