Executive Decision

Imagine you the mayor of a city. The prosperity of the city is your responsibility. You make the decisions. The buck stops with you.

That city has a number of industries including, a foundry/steel mill, a car/truck plant, a television plant, an appliance plant, a plastic plant, a refinery, as well as schools and stores.

The city is thriving. The people are doing well. Everyone is happy.

One day you get a rash of calls complaining about the cars and trucks. Almost every car and truck is breaking down within weeks of purchase. It’s affecting the other plants because the people can’t get to their respective plants to work, food is not being delivered, people are not able to get around. 

Then the Television plant is affected and TVs are breaking down. People all over the city are angry.

This is affecting the city. It’s become an unbearable situation. You need to do something!

You meet with your staff and consultants to discuss solutions. 

The consensus is that to deal with or correct the car plant problem we could:

  1. bulldoze the plants, removing it to end the production of defective cars and TVs
  2. bomb the plants so that no defective cars and TVs are produced
  3. flood the plants with a biological gas to destroy the people who are making the defective cars but save the equipment in the hope that the new people that they hire will begin to make good cars and TVs
  4. investigate the cause of the defects and correct this so that good cars and TVs are again being produced

In reality, although options 1, 2, and 3 will eliminate the production of defective cars and TVs, they will not benefit the other plants or the city—not wise choices.

Say we choose to start with option 4 and we find that the cars are failing because of the quality of the steel and the TVs because of a plastic part. 

Again we have the three options, and again options 1, 2, and 3 are still really stupid, so we investigate the foundry/steel mill. What we find is that a small plastic part is failing because that plant ran out of one essential ingredient but no one noticed it was missing.

Armed with this information the plastics plant corrects this by purchasing the missing ingredient. The plastic is back on spec, the part it is used for is working again, the steel quality returns, and the cars and TVs are no longer breaking down.

The people are getting to and from their plants and the city is thriving again. Life is good!


Now imagine that this city was your body… the defective plant was one of your organs… 

Which would you choose, option 1 (surgery), 2 (radiation), 3 (chemotherapy) or 4 (causal investigation)? Would you follow the stupid advise? Would you make a wise decision? It is your decision. It’s your body.

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