78. Identifying VABEs


If one is going to work and lead at Level Three, one must be able to identify the underlying Values, Assumptions, Beliefs, and Expectations about the way the world is or should be (VABEs). In one’s self as well as in others. We all have hundreds even thousands of VABEs. See the chapter on VABEs.

Here, we focus on how to recognize and see VABEs. First, whenever people judge, they are using their VABEs. When people imply or say that something is right or wrong, good or bad, correct or incorrect, moral or immoral, ethical or unethical, they are revealing the iceberg tip of a VABE. Many of these VABEs are so deeply ingrained in us that we find contradictions abhorrent. Cannibalism is, to most cultures (a collection of ...

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