(Originally published by OldAuditor on September 8, 2010 – comments are included)
This may be one of the hardest concepts for the field practitioner to grasp, that the Admin Tech was nowhere as effective as the spiritual technology. Read on and see for yourself.
I have never seen a successful organization run on LRH Admin tech and Geir Isene hasn’t either, but maybe you have. If so feel free to comment. What I have seen is more like this:
Let’s consider what successful means:
-A growing and profitable organization that produces more than it consumes.
-Employees are paid regular wages for a 35-40 hour week, more for extended work weeks.
-The products and services of the organization are of superior quality.
-Word of mouth advertising and referrals are a constant source of new business.
-Employee referrals are a significant source of new hires.
-The largest portion of employees are involved in design and production of products.
-The products are competitively priced.
Did you ever consider that LRH Admin Tech might be a botched product?
I never did until very recently although I never found the Admin Tech to be a good fit for any company I was ever involved with.
It wasn’t until I read Geir Isene’s brilliant article, “WANTED! Value in LRH admin tech” that I realized I had never looked at the underlying flaws in LRH Admin tech which make it ONLY suitable for a slave society!
Here are some brief excerpts from recent articles by Geir:
The fact remains; There are no visible successful implementation of LRH admin tech (including the Church of Scientology) – “successful” implies a significant positive deviation from the mean of the market in which it is implemented. If there are I will surely stand corrected.
I understand how some really would want LRH admin tech to be the “only workable management system”. But it isn’t. It’s not even close. As a system, it’s a failure. This is not to say that there aren’t babies in this bath water and that one should chuck out the whole lot. There are great bits an pieces in there – especially in the Management Series (three books containing several series of policies, including the PR series, Personnel series, etc.). As always, pick what works.
LRH admin tech as a whole system is seriously flawed.
Recruitment: Hubbard teaches an organization to recruit many staff in parallel and then keep a big back door open for those who fail. I dispute this hire-and-waste principle. I believe it to be disruptive and detrimental to an organization.
(As it is currently applied, almost every post in the church is being held by an untrained person)
Manning up an organization: Keeping an admin/tech ratio of 2 to 1, meaning you would have only one third of the personnel delivering billable service. Do the math. What service organization can survive with this over-administration without the use of slave labor?
(In most orgs, the admin-tech ratio is greater than 30 to 1. How can one person generate enough income to pay wages for 30 others? This only works if you run your organization using slave labor or unpaid volunteers!)
Management by statistics: Weekly statistics. Several statistics for each post. Managed from top-down. I have seen this creating frantic and neurotic organization with little long-term vision.
The organizing board: Hierarchical, over-administered with people stuck in boxes of responsibility and where very few are able to fulfill the implicit responsibilities of the vertical they are in charge of.
(Most staff members regularly receive conflicting orders from several different executives. This is absolute insanity. The biggest outpoint for me was the fact that the technical division which delivers the products that generate income is way down the org board. Imagine a software company where there were no technical experts in top management!)
Gier Isene has had years of experience delivering LRH Admin Tech and finally realized somethng that we were all busy ignoring. Here is what he has to say:
All the Scientologists I have met have accepted large or small portions of Scientology by faith rather than by inspection. Their personal experiences have shown them that parts of Scientology has great workability. Maybe it was the communication course, maybe their Dianetics sessions, or the moment they went Clear or an OT level that got them real and tangible gains or maybe something entirely different.
From those successful experiences and gains comes the acceptance by extrapolation. “If that was so excellent, then this must surely also be great“. And thus preconceptions are born.
So, dear readers, are you up for a challenge? Can you recall any organization which uses or used LRH Admin Tech and came close to being a successful organization as defined above?
Or are you more familiar with orgs operating like this: The coconuts surrounding the vehicle represent the maelstrom of cross orders and unusual solutions that LRH Admin Tech uses to speed the org on its way.
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ClearlyMistreated on October 5th, 2010 Edit comment
Here’s my experience and thoughts on this interesting conversation:
I’ve been helping manage a “WISE” business for 20 years now. We tried to implement a lot of the admin tech during the first 10 years but it took too much effort and didn’t seem to be worth the effort (org board, stats, etc.) For most of the last 10 years we’ve felt guilty for being off-policy but we’ve actually done better.
Personally, I’ve had better results just applying LRH philosophy to my own post. Basics like ARC, granting beingness, etc. Others tend to follow my example and people generally like working here.
I think the problem with admin tech is that it seems to be premised on the stable datum of “man is basically bad” and needs to be controlled, monitored, punished, etc. Whereas, the philosophy side is based on “man is basically good” and if you treat them that way it brings out the best in them. My employees have a high willingness to be here and that follows through into productivity. They may not be as productive as if I were driving them on a stat system, but it builds a high-ARC team that works well on a long-term basis.
The other WISE businesses I see appear to be more of slaveshops where only the owner makes any money. They do tend to stay small