In 1841, the Brown ship drowned near the coast of Newfoundland. To rescue passengers, rescue boats were not as large as passengers: while 74 had filled the boat, its capacity was only 60, that means the drowning of the rescue boat. In no time can find a fact: 74 – 60 = 14!
The captain’s assistant that was called Holmes, ordered to take 14 people to the sea. He threw 13 men into the sea and a woman because she did not leave his lover, she jumped in the water and all drowned, but the rest were saved. Later, Holmes was arrested and tried for alleged murder.
During the investigation, it was asked that Holmes had criteria for selecting the victims?
The answer was that all crew members should survive to save the rest of the world; children, married women, single women and married men were the next priorities, respectively. They threw the single men into the sea. The fact was that the selection criteria reflected the values of that time and the particular conditions of the ship.
Function: rescue crew members for helping others save
Age and gender: the priority of children and women who are more vulnerable.
Marriage: An idea from a book because marriage is scared. (Who do you choose to kill? – Amir Nazemi)
Strategic Analysis and Prescription:
We are on the Browns every day and are subject to painful choices every day. For the importance of the issue, I would like to give three examples at first:
In personal life: Suppose there are two proposals ahead of you: Continuing full-time postgraduate education or joining a reputed and successful organization as an executive director who is also full-time. You must choose one of these two and give the other to the sea.
At the organizational level: you have two choices ahead of your current limited resources or you need to focus on providing a simple, standard, and reasonably priced product (for example, Bick Pen) or you should focus on an expensive luxuries product on the upper middle class (for example, Parker pen). You must sacrifice one and take the sea and keep the other. Which one do you choose?
In the field of governance: the country’s budget is limited, and you have a few choices: either you should allocate this budget to a health plan, or to allocate a defense budget for the purchase of weapons or transportation infrastructure, or to … Which one to choose and what sacrifice? Or another example, a war in one of the neighboring countries, do you intervene? Choosing each option means sacrificing other choices.
The same choices (read the same kills and survivals) that choose the fate of a life, an organization, and a country. In all of the above decisions, we have to choose, each choice is the choice of the victim! And that means knitting and choosing the other options at the bottom of the selected option.
A country that places some countries on the blacklist, and the rest is not an organization that chooses some customers, and others do not. A doctor who accepts some medical cases and not some. An executive director who accepts one of the proposed posts and not the rest. All are killers. Killer non-original options and sacrifice them at the base of the selected option.
So from this opinion, two points can be learned:
1- All of us are killing us. Our preference is to keep everyone in the boat, but the problem here is that sometimes (and not always) keeping all the passengers on the boat will kill everyone. This is where the decision-making process leads to disaster. A system that can not afford to make painful choices and sacrifices for all will kill everyone.
2. Now that we have to choose, or in other words, now that we have to be a killer, we must be a smart killer. It is very vital to really recognize the priorities of life, our organization, and our country. Just being a killer is not artistic, the killer must be smart. Whether I prioritize the modernization of the fleet or modernize the trains? Did I limit the time of top managers of the country to expand my tourism, or fight against terrorism and regional conflicts? Would I spend my time reading a newspaper or a not important television program? All of these are signs of intelligence. The first step of intelligence is to get rid of the usual options, the choices we have chosen to repeat, imitate and fear the abandonment of traditions and habits.