Admin Scale Series
August 13, 1995
Last Revised: May 23, 2012 4:50 PM
The "Admin Scale" for Vibrant Life is described here in a simple list format. The various items on this list are linked to more detailed presentations of those parts of the Admin Scale.
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Mr. Hubbard has this to say about the "Admin Scale:"
I have developed a scale for use which gives a sequence (and relative seniority) of subjects relating to organizations:
This scale is worked up and worked down UNTIL IT IS (EACH ITEM) IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH THE REMAINING ITEMS.
In short, for success, all these items in the scale must agree with all other items in the scale on the same subject. (HCOPL 6 December 1970)
The term "targets" is not included, formally, in the Admin Scale as Mr. Hubbard presents it, but Targets are included within Plans, and because this web site features many "targets" they are included above and further described on that link.
Any group, whether a two-person marriage, a small company, a nation, or mankind can only exist as a "group" to the extent that there is mutual reality (mutual agreement) on various things within THAT group.
Any group can create sub-groups within itself. Thus, the Republican Party could have a Woman's Division and a Men's Division. They could share all aspects of the same Admin Scale, but each could then have additional items (Policies, for instance) that would apply only to that one Division.
It is very worthwhile, also, to develop an Admin Scale for a single person, and then divide that one person's life into various departments. In one department he could figure out what his career goals and actions will be while in another department he could figure out what his diet should be. To give you some idea of the importance I place on this subject I have already spent more than two years with a study schedule of 12 hours per week, doing a Course which teaches how to understand and apply this management technology in a business and in an individual life.
Each such department could have its own Admin Scale -- all of this for the one individual. These various departmental Admin Scales would not be in any disagreement, but would all be aligned with the Admin Scale for the whole individual.
Obviously communication and affinity also have a great deal to do with the existence of any group. In fact, it is only through communication and affinity that two persons, or a group, can reach mutual agreement.
For instance, mankind, every person, has agreement with every other person on the existence of gravity. There is, however, not universal agreement on whether or not there is a god that controls the sun, or even any god at all!
A marriage falls apart when what had seemed to be mutual agreement (often on sex) is discovered to have masked strong disagreements (perhaps on "where to live"). When the first agreement becomes less important (usually) the lack of agreements in other areas assumes greater importance and can lead to the break-up of the group (marriage).
John and Mary discover mutual agreement in sexual activities. At this time, without any formal Admin Scale, this mutual agreement seems to each of them to be far more important than anything else they can even think of.
The sexual activity continues with a strong degree of mutual agreement -- for some weeks or years.
John, all his life, has wanted a large family, and wanted to marry a woman who would be the stay-at-home mother to his five children, like his mother.
Mary, all her life, has wanted a career as an executive, never was willing to be a stay-at-home mom, like her mother.
Neither of them has the first little thought about their long term goals during the time of sexual fun, or even at the start of marriage.
They may go on, very happy, as they finish college together -- with no thought of "family."
Shortly, however, these very basic long-term goals become subjects of conversation, and obviously very likely strong disagreement.
Either of them could "give up" on their goal, suppress that goal in favor of continuing sexual fun and agreement. Soon the fun wears out and only the suppressed goals remain.
At some point this marriage will either resolve various differences in agreement, or founder.
So it is that any group has mutual agreements. That is the true definition of a "group" == those individuals who have some level of mutual agreement. But then, there are "tight" groups and "loose" groups. We could say that the Republican Party is a loose group because there are so many different views of reality within that one "group." There would be other groups (Log Cabin Republicans, Gay Republicans, for instance) who have much tighter mutual agreements.
The immense importance of the "Admin Scale" presented on this page is that the Admin Scale (for any "group") describes all the areas where there is or can be agreement within the group for which the Admin Scale is drawn. Most groups, of course, do not have a formal, written Admin Scale. For most groups the "mutual agreements" within the group are not written, but are "understood" and that poorly.
When there are large areas of no written agreements, this would be a group that can easily be fractured because people with strongly different opinions, thinking they were all in agreement, suddenly find out that they do not agree with one another.
In this Company the Admin Scale serves to set forth the levels of belief and activity for which mutual agreement is expected. As a Staff Member reading parts of this Admin Scale for the first time you may find that there are many areas of the Scale where you had no previous agreement or disagreement. For those areas it should be easy to then just accept the rules of this game, and get on with it.
If, on the other hand, you find something within this Admin Scale that you strongly disagree with, you also find that the Executive Director doesn't foresee changing some particular part of the Scale, you and the Company would be each better of if you do not join, or do not stay in, this group.
It is relatively easy to have mutual agreement, for instance, on a "goal," since that term is so broad. The skill in drawing up an Admin Scale is in getting all the parts of it to be aligned, one with another -- the broad items and the tiny items.
That alignment is, incidentally, also the characteristic of the Scale needed to have a Company be successful in achieving its Goals.
Thus, every "Policy" should be in alignment with the Goal and with other parts of the Admin Scale. To the extent that there is a lack of alignment, then the Admin Scale, itself, is defective.
But, far, far more important is the individual understanding and agreement on the part of each Staff Member with each part of the Admin Scale.
Assuming that the Admin Scale is very well reasoned, as to alignment, then we can view any one person's disagreement with any part of the Scale (such as one Policy!) as the partial disintegration of the group. To that degree the group becomes less effective than it could have been. If the alignment is right, the putt will sink!
Usually the "disagreement" will be based on lack of understanding, not a "different judgment" based on an accurate understanding. There is a hidden bump on the green -- "correct alignment" is now complicated by missing data!
Most often this "disagreement" and this "lack of understanding" traces down to a SINGLE WORD which is not understood in the same way by two persons. The two THINK that they have irreconcilable differences on some major subject of life, but in fact each have a different definition for the word "by" as used in some conversation. Because of the validity of "study technology" as developed by Mr. Hubbard, we know that this apparently tiny difference in definition means that joint agreement could truly not be reached beyond the point of the use of that one word, "by." (Click here for a more detailed explanation on this.)
So, the Admin Scale is a very useful tool for a single person, any group, any Company and Vibrant Life. It is wise for management to insist on each Staff Member's duplicating and understanding every part of the Admin Scale.
If the duplication and understanding of the words, and concepts, is present, then any disagreement should be traceable to the lack of perfection in the alignment in the Scale, itself or the simple fact that not every person can agree with every part of the Scale.
We often "live with" areas of disagreement, but decide that they are not important enough to fight about. She smokes! I do not! We disagree! We do not get divorced over this. Or, perhaps "smoking" is so vital to my life that I cannot "live with this" and want a divorce over this. People differ in the importances they place on things.
This has to do with their different "moral codes" and an Admin Scale is like a formal, agreed upon "moral code" for the group which adopts that Admin Scale.
The Admin Scale provides the "relative importance" of items also. If two members of a group disagree on the "Goal," that is a serious level of disagreement. If they disagree on one small part of a "Policy" that may not be serious at all.
One very high type of agreement, actually part of Goals, can be unseen and a difference of agreement by one person on this unseen part can make it virtually impossible for him to either join or stay in a group where everyone else has a different view of this one (unseen) area. Such an area can have to do with the very foundation of Mr. Hubbard's philosophy that gives rise to the Admin Scale.
That area has to do with "expansion" and the even more fundamental concept of "survival."
Mr. Hubbard, in researching life, found that the single most central fact of life is that all beings have the goal of "survive." They don't all choose the same paths toward survival and some of them may choose paths which, to you, look like the downward spiral into death. But, Mr. Hubbard found that even those who choose paths that, to you, look like sure sudden death (a drug addict), to HIM (the drug addict) that is HIS route to survival.
Since these differences in viewpoint (method of achieving survival) exist, Mr. Hubbard then came up with a simple measurement of whether man's condition was getting better on a spiritual level.
Without getting deep into that, he came up with the concept of "expansion" as the single method of judging whether someone's "path toward survival" was "right" or not. Click here for Mr. Hubbard's Policy on the importance of "expansion" as the single measure of success for any group, NOT "survival."
Thus, unseen, but vital, in any group is whether or not their mutual agreement, as members, no matter how strong, includes "expansion" in all parts of life, including spiritual. That is an extremely deep philosophical concept and not one I will try to develop further in these pages.
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