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They did not follow the rules

by Phil Bartle, PhD


Short Stories to illustrate the principles

Aaron believed in Freedom of Speech. Everyone should be permitted to say what she or he wanted. He was conducting his first Brainstorm session. He knew the rules said no cross talk, no criticism and no contradiction, but he felt those were too dictatorial and thought he could do the session without them.

They were going to determine the priority goals for the community. Mr Edwards said, “”Our biggest problem is that we have no doctor.” “No, it is not,” said Mrs. Turlington, “We do not have clean water.” Aaron thought everybody has a right to her or his own opinion. “Well if the government would send us a teacher we would be far better off,” said Mr. Johnson. “You expect too much from this government,” said Mrs. Ogmonson, “We should put the opposition in power." And so it went.

Instead of listing a set of priority problems, ranking the most important and calling them goals, the session turned into a free for all argument. Aaron learned his lesson, but had to close the session and do some preparation for a second try.

Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.


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