Letters from HiZen Letter Nine

Dear Child,

I am grateful for the chance of sharing with you this wonderful discovery and I'm sure it is making a huge difference in your life and work. As I said in my last letter, your Fast(in) Ability determines the level of performance or results in all that you do.


Lessons to live by
  1. If your Fast(in) Ability is strong, you will have high performance and results

  2. If your Fast(in) Ability is average, you will have average performance and results

  3. If your Fast(in) Ability is weak, you will have low performance and results

So, here is the question:


Hope you still recall what Fast(in) stands for?

F:- Facts, not just Opinions;
"Make sure what you know is complete and correct."

A:- Ask the Right and Best Source;
"If they don't qualify, don't pay any attention to them."

S:- See in Systems;
"Know the story behind the story."

T:- Think and Act the Best Way;
"Respond to the situation instead of reacting to it."

I:- Inquire, Expect, Prepare, Move;
"Define the Game and know its Rules, if you want to play it."

N:- Never Assume;
"Check it again, you need to be sure."

This question raced through my mind for months; even my colleagues at the supermarket and my wife noticed I was always deep in thought.

"What is the good in discovering something so profound, if I can't find a way to use it in my life and work?" I thought over and over again.

Dear Child, It took me close to 5 months of thinking, reading articles and asking professional analysts on what to do before I finally got the answer. Here it is, please pay attention.

I found out that the best way to find out about how good a person is in an activity is to simply ask the person about that activity and compare what he/she said with standards that has been set.

In other words, asking the RIGHT QUESTIONS about a particular activity will reveal the level of knowledge or skill a person has about that activity.

Therefore, if I want to know my Fast(in) Ability in an environment such as business, parenting, school, relationships and so on; all I need to do is:

  1. Think of an environment I was in; like business, school, relationships and so on.

  2. Pick different situations in that environment.

  3. Ask myself the RIGHT QUESTIONS regarding the use of the (6) culture rules.

  4. Pay attention and take notes on which culture rule I used and which one I didn't use in that environment.

  5. Ask two (2) people who knew about me in that particular environment and see if what I thought about myself and what they thought about me were the same or different.

  6. The results from notes I took will show if my Fast(in) Ability was strong, average or weak.

I was making progress.

Dear Child,

I will need you to read the 5 steps again, make sure you get it. I also thought that if I asked questions to know my Fast(in) ability, I needed to know:

  • How many questions do I ask myself about each culture rule?

  • How would I grade myself?

I found answers to that as well:

  • Since strong is higher than average and average is higher than weak, I must grade the rules that way.
The more answers I can give to questions about using a culture rule, the higher the grade I gave myself, thus, I used colors to show the grades.

GREEN stands for little or no use of the culture rules in that environment

BROWN stands for average use of the culture rules in that environment

BLACK stands for a lot of use of the culture rules in that environment

  • There are (6) culture rules and now 3 grade colors. So I can ask at least 3 questions about each culture rule and the answers will determine what grade I will give myself.

For instance:

I wanted to know my Fast(in) Ability in my marriage.

So, I did the following: For instance: I wanted to know my Fast(in) Ability in my marriage. So, I did the following:

  1. I thought of different situations in my marriage

  2. Since there are (6) culture rules, I decided to ask myself 3 questions on each culture rule, thus (18) questions in total.

  3. I graded the points from the number of questions I got.

    GREEN - 1 Point if i got only 1 right answer to the 3 questions asked for each culture rule

    BROWN - 2 Points, if I got 2 right answers to the 3 questions asked for each culture rule

    BLACK - 3 Points , if I got 3 right answers to the 3 questions asked for each culture rule

  4. I asked (2) other people ( my wife and a married friend ) what they thought , then decided on which grade I got for each question

  5. After all the questions, I grouped the grades, so the result was:

Part 9- Letters from HiZen- lessons to live byFacts not just Opinions ------ BROWN

Ask the Right and Best Source ------ GREEN

See in Systems ---------- BROWN

Think and Act the Best Way --------BROWN

Inquire, Expect, Prepare, Move ------- BROWN

Never Assume ------- GREEN

So my FAST(IN) Ability Grade/ Ratio is:

So, what does this Fast(in) Ability grade/ratio mean you might ask?

I will tell you the meaning in my next letter.

Remember, your Culture is everything.

Dear Child, you can read my illustration again; it is a lot to take in, I understand completely.



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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