Beyond Act- what comes next?

Beyond Act- what comes next?

In many business models you find the work act. Examples include The PDCA cycle of Plan-Do- Check Act. The OODA Loop of Observe- Orient- Decide- Act. The AIDA loop consisting of Awareness, Interest, Desire and Action. Great, but the question that springs up in my mind is what comes after act? We know that visioning without action shall remain a dream. But if we act what would happen?

Let me start with a real life example. You wrote a buzz. Somebody got interested and read the buzz. He wrote a comment. This comment infuriates you. You respond to the comment. Readers got interested in the debate. Some of the commentors stood by you; others against you. The number of comments increases rapidly. An international publisher notices the debate and gets interested. He sees the buzz and the comments. The publisher writes to you suggesting that you write a book based on the buzz and comments. You agree. You get busy writing the book. Your one minute read buzz has resulted in the writing of a book, in making new contacts, in developing antagonism against you by others. Your life has changed. This is not an imaginary story. I am the one who experienced all these events recently.

I learnt a big lesson. No matter what acts we do. Regardless of their smallness they may generate so many actions. What is small today can grow and become big tomorrow. What may start as β€œactions of water droplets” may end up in a wave, in a flood or in just wasted water.

Take the example of Adolf Hitler. It was a rejection letter from the academy of arts in Vienna that filled him with hate. Over time the piling of hate traversed into global hatred and revenge. The buildup of pain, hatred, jealousy, greed and fear could reach enough acceleration to cause a person to explode against society. Small acts today, but could be of great consequences tomorrow.

There are acts that we might think are small. I used to think that ticking the like button is unnecessary. No, it is necessary because this act may lead to far reaching effects. Like a smile we may think it is a small act. Ticking the like button is like giving the author a smile. It carries many meanings such as trust, appreciation, encouragement and all sorts of good things. The effect may compound and produce what I like to coin here β€œThe butterfly effect of like”.

Remember that small things can even separate life from death. A friend of mine was driving a car. The fuel filter was blocked by sand. While on a highway the car suddenly stopped. The car behind him couldn’t stop and hit his car. My friend is paralyzed for life.

I recall when I was in Kuwait working for The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) I drove a visiting German engineer on a highway. Suddenly he asked me if I could make a U-turn. I assumed he forgot something in the hotel. I did and then he asked me to slow down to stop soon. I was surprised that he I stopped by a German-made car. The engineer went to the owner and offered to help him fix his car. The owner welcomed his assistance. In few minutes the car was running. I asked the German engineer why he did that. He responded that the car was a new model and if drivers on a highway see it breaking down they shall lose faith in the German car industry. He did it to keep the trust in the quality of industries in his country. This might seem a small act. Well, I made sure my next car then was a German one.

Small changes in stable rules make huge changes. Look at tree branches growing at an angle of 137.5. Any minute change in this angle will result in the branches not having equal opportunity for light and humidity. You might be leading a stable life and wish not to act and keep it as is. Well, you might find that this stability is fragile. Small acts could send it into disarray.

We never know what a small acts can do. But we know that acts of gratitude and help for others shall compound and make safer and happier societies.

Small acts are affordable today, but their consequences could be the most expensive to handle in the future.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for your sharing the buzz

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Even the smallest act can make a difference, whether it is the beginning or the end of an occurrence. Or even mid-way giving that little extra nudge that is needed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#70
congratulations Isabella M Wesoly and your daughter is at least as creative as you are.. Have safe driving

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#68
great to read your comments again dear Isabella M Wesoly. No I don't want horses back on the street. All I call for is knowing what we do today no matter how small it could be it might affect the future of others. Engineers who are building electric cars and self-driven cars are solving huge problems such as less cae accidents and pollution. They are solving problems that were initited by their technologies.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#65
yes and very true what you reflected in your comment CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Yes the cycles should be dynamic and once a cycles completes it becomes the input to the next cycle. Again, it is not only fast food. It is also fast look at our actions allowing only 8- seconds for their duration. Even if we ignore the long term effects of our actions this does not eliminate their effect. As we focus on the now we should never forget the future paths and what opportunities or threats they may create in the long run. We do not know what the future is like, but we know we influence it.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #55

OODA is meant to be dynamic, PDCA should be dynamic but is often taken literally, so the ACT portion is unfortunately not viewed as a cycle but as an action. A momentary action can have unintended consequences but if we understood the same action as a dynamic naturally it offers new possibility's and altered probabilities. I wish the world was more dynamic in its purpose but that wish contains the constraint of the material and is mostly an act of short-term thinking, an idea like delayed gratification sits outside the bounds and limitations of our 8 second world. That is why Sara Jacobovici buzz on "limitations" is a rare dynamic view of limitation - not the commercial or material view of limitation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#60
I am writing my next buzz elaborating more on this issie and your superb comment Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello. I should publish within three days. Thank you for your great illumination

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#62
thank you dear Savvy Raj and for your sharing the buzz as well

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#60
your comment is what is meant by a perfect comment Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello. It is deep and engulfs the main ideas of the buzz with your own explanation. Thank you so much

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
dear friend Edward Lewellen- reading your comment I find it includes almost all points I addressed in my few previos comments. Honestly I wish to meet with you in person cor you are a great human and thinker. I am really in full agreement with your comment with no question asked.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#46
I agree Harvey Lloyd

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
einstein attributed 99% of originality due to imagination. If we are seeking to understand the unknown then there is no substitute to imagination Kevin Baker

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
very good examples Kevin Baker. I shall add that in the examples you use we know the outcome such as a wall forming. In other cases we may have an emerging outcome that we have never thought of.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
you know why I also believe in Karma Randall Burns. It is because I feel positive energy filling me upon reading your comment. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
well-said Lisa Vanderburg deserves your praise.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Jerry Fletcher you are correct. Our actions may have postponed reactions. However; this postponment will carry interest and their effect will compound with time. Some actions will have simple reactions, or complex reactions or complicated reactions and even chaotic and disordered reactions. Not all reactions are similar. We need to take this issue into consideration. Thank you for your comment makes me think deeper.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Harvey Lloyd- you wrote "No new news here. I wish i could claim original thought, and i am bewildered by many who claim they have had one". You arre correct. No one thinks of an idea that nobody else thought of". We differ only on how we marry ideas together so that they may provide a better solution.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
some comments leave at loss with their kindness. Your comment my dear Lisa Vanderburg falls under this category. All Ji may say that I am very fortunate to have your nearby.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #41

#45
I could only ask what is imagination made of if not our collective experience. We can certainly query the unknown and even possibly explore its possibilities. But this in itself will consume a lifetime if not more.

Randall Burns

Randall Burns

3 years ago #40

Great post @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, excellent illustration of the "Butterfly effect" and it generating some great dialogue. Personally I'm a strong believer in Karma; whatever energy one sends out into the universe that will be the energy one receives back

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #39

#37
You have so many 'small acts of kindness' that they couldn't be numbered, and I think that's the point my dear Tausif Mundrawala. So do I too; so do so many, but it's when you can use these 'unknown acts' to offer advancement of possibly hundreds - use them! You are adorable, my friend!

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #38

Ali, I know that you will make me think. and this post was no different. Few people realize the impact of their small actions particularly those which take time to cause a reaction. I think that may be why we have some people that have what is called hindsight. it is not good to drive while peering into a rear-view mirror but glances that way and hearing others observations may serve to change our actions going forward.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #37

#39
Your query is just. Brilliance is a word that does apply to some people some time. It all depends on circumstances and need. My humility comes from not some false sense of pride but rather have become enamored with the richness of mankind and realize i am but a blip within the stars. I only repeat that which has been handed down. No new news here. I wish i could claim original thought, and i am bewildered by many who claim they have had one. No you do not alter the perception. But if someone shines a light on something i have not seen are they brilliant or what was already there brilliant? Now should i have an original thought, that i sense is truly ground breaking i will take the compliment of brilliance. And possibly even ask for it:) Much adue concerning words but it is your thoughts that bless me, no matter how they are displayed.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #36

#34
Maybe, Harvey Lloyd. Just don't let the dragon know :) (In joke...you need to have scales to get it). Am I too 'flattering' then? I checked my usual suspects of dictionaries and I don't think that I am; I don't see the negativity of that particular word as I would, say; 'ingratiating' or 'sycophantic' say..... But (and it's a BIG one), if one perceives that I am flattering them, it does change the whole ball-game. Many questions come to mind, because most of us DO answer differently to the vernacular of the buzz-ee: 1. If I truly perceive someone as brilliant (for the sake of argument), does the word mean I expect them to be Albert Einstein? 2. Does it alter the person's perception of themselves by the use of such a word as 'brilliant' if it's meant solely as a comparison to the speaker [typer]? What say you, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee...yup; you know I'm riding YOUR pony! Do you mind? I very much doubt this, because that's you - you love interesting conversation, regardless of the wayward branching, IMHO! Personally, I hate compliments, but I don't consider this in the same field?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
& am the one who is privileged to have a friend of your quality dear Tausif Mundrawala

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Noy yoy- I meant you in my previous comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
these exchanges of comments are between yoy dears Lisa Vanderburg for her Stand Alone buzzes

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #32

#33
Brilliance in a non existence village along with a non existent knight is not a candle i would move forward with.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #31

#28
Point received gratefully, Harvey Lloyd, my friend! I'm certainly not independent enough to claim any authority, for I understand the price of it. If you slayed a dragon, that makes you pretty brilliant, no? :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
I tagged you my friend because you are an authority in its good sense on thsese discussions Edward Lewellen. Any time youbare most welcome

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
thank you Harvey Lloyd. You have just inspired me with an idea for a buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
I often say that you should nevervadd cold water to hot oil because the oil shall splasy. Adding the hot oil to water is much safer. When we deal with an angry person dears Lisa Vanderburg the angry person should be allowed to talk till he releases his or her anger. A cool person should never approach an angry person for he might splah his or her anger and cause burns tobthe cold person.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #27

#27
I think you pass muster when your piece of granite is embued with your name. I just left your other post, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Authority is something that is not easy to grasp and hold on to. Except in the areas discussed. Those who do seem to enjoy that grasp of authority live a very challenging life. I believe that Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee touches on how we respond to these authoritative folks. We should not allow our flow of thought just because they have chosen an oasis of authority to satisfy their own fears. We may enjoy their thoughts, but just move on with seeking wisdom in experience. Not sure about brilliant but have enjoyed the topic and its free flowing thought process.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #26

#13
Brilliant Harvey Lloyd! How does you know when you've passed muster on authority? Curious... I think it's very telling how we comment or are commented to. Respect, humility, grace...I agree with Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee comment to you #15!

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #25

#9
Good points Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee; I also agree with #1 here. Anger needs resolution to shrink it and flick it away. You said, 'Oftentimes the reaction sputtering in your mind will not resolve the underlying issue. So I believe one should step back and take a breath then figure out what is in the belly of the beast.' So right....it can often be really difficult to discern exactly what has caused it! I know :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
I am laying my head down for the seen and unseen kindness in your comment dear Lisa Vanderburg. I do that because I am interacting with great people like you.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #23

How do you do that? Your mind is like a prism dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! As well as the butterfly effect, I see here the friction effect; the grip or tread needed to start the movement, even from a single thought. You always encourage commenters to stretch that mind, bring in new thoughts, ideas and multi-faceted tangents. One should never lay their head down before the smallest unseen act of kindness. A beautiful buzz; thank you!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
We do share similar thinking Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. I none of my buzzes here I renamed The Butterfly Effect to The Bee Effect. I meant exactly what you wrote here. This is an excellent point and reminder of the Honeybees Effect. Thank you.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Great article! Thanks for sharing, Ali. I'd add that apart from the butterfly effect that illustrates the fragility of a situation, particularly when it comes to a chaotic system (in this case, life), there is another effect worth considering: the honeybee effect. This has to do with how these acts can collaborate, like honeybees, to bring about an even bigger and perhaps more sustainable change. I guess that's my act on this post :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
I hope you are doing great dear Debasish Majumder. Are you publishing? I haven't seen new buzzes by you lately

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #19

lovely buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
At least this is how I feel being connected with you Harvey Lloyd. In areas I know nothing you make me feel I know something. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you Harvey Lloyd for your sharing.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #16

A great discussion concerning our ability to empower others, drop by and stay a while.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #15

#15
Many brilliant minds of the past have come and gone. They added so much to our understanding. But even they were in awe of what they did not know. Your statement, "...the more they know the less they know" is a piece of wisdom to live by. We are all moving from nothing to something. But the journey is unique to each. This thought would assist us as we look within society and realize that we all want the same thing we just have different views in getting to the something. Starting from nothing when sharing someone else's journey leaves the opportunity wide open. Starting with something would only allow me first to express my own thoughts before i heard and understood yours.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you dearly Harvey Lloyd. I simple love your comment. What a great way to say "I have the authority to serve, to act in a manner that engages, to offer to share a journey that is not mine. I have the authority to be humble and seek understanding". The paradox is that when such genuine authorities produce their positive and enlightening effects we then have no authority on them. But this is what makes life joyful and worthy. Authority of experts- but they should realize that the more they know the less they know. The more we know, the more we are exposed to what we don't know.

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

3 years ago #13

#9
Thank you Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee for liking and tagging me. Anger energizes aggressive behavior and is both protective and destructive at the same time. You are right too, anger is one of the most dominant human reactions. To tame mine as far as I can, I use to consider it as an energy that accumulates, stored somewhere in the brain and has to be released from time to time... It is important to live it internally to understand also the need to forgive yourself about it, and not to turn it into an escalating violence that you will remain a prisoner and a victim.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #12

This post is truly a genuine thought process of someone who is seeking wisdom in action. A courageous post yet humbling. The series here has really begged a question, when can we speak in authority? Certainly we experience those who would correct us when we are wrong, but do they have such authority to judge within the correction? I have taken a very dim view of authority that others take in discussion except, where we have actual authority. I have the authority to serve, to act in a manner that engages, to offer to share a journey that is not mine. I have the authority to be humble and seek understanding. These are some of the only places we have authority. For those who take authority into other places, i can only say that this is a very lonely place and a position that requires much energy to maintain. Thanks for reminding us that as we empower others we empower ourselves.:)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
First, where have you been lately dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee? It is so refreshing to read your comments again. I hope that I haven't missed any of your buzzes as I haven't read one by you for sometime. Our actions are seeds that the wind blows away. They may fall on a fertile land, desert, isolated places or wherever. The more little small acts we do, the more the likelihood that one of them would fall in a fertile land. The proof- is reading your comment, Deb.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Yes, and I hope Laurent Boscherini for he wrote few excellent buzzes on his approaches to deal with anger. His last book is also relevant to your comment.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

I like Laurent Boscherini's description as well. As I read this post and factor in your post reflecting positivity, my mind wanders back to comments on posts which have struck an angry cord in me. Anger is unpleasant, no? Anger is also reactive, and must be suppressed? No--it must be resolved. I believe anger must be resolved by taking apart that reactive emotion to find out what is being suppressed. Yes--I also believe anger is a suppressive emotion. Oftentimes the reaction sputtering in your mind will not resolve the underlying issue. So I believe one should step back and take a breath then figure out what is in the belly of the beast.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Very interesting comment and you are a solid thinker John Rylance. Sometimes small acts "hide" their noticeable differences in short time spans, but all of a sudden they reach their criticality. I enjoyed your EDCA Cycle. It is magnificent.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #7

After Act at some predetermined stage comes EDCA. Evaluate the Act Determine the outcomes of the Act Change if necessary Act put into practice any actions deemed necessary I say predetermined because some acts provoke any immediate response, for others the effect isn't obvious for a period of time. Either way there is often a need to reflect on/ assess outcomes. In order to decide whether the act brought about the result you wished. Incidentally I made up the EDCA, to reflect the process I feel could follow.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
In simple words you stated an important fact

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

3 years ago #5

Little, good changes often bring in great outcomes!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
If businesses would realize how costly it could be not to respond to clients and follow up with them to seek their reactions they wouldn't procrastinate responding. Thank you @Sara Jacobovici for adding this prompt reminder "Understanding that we can not stop once the action has taken place, will make the difference between a successful outcome or an unexpected loss". A body in motion prefers to stay in motion. We do we act and then stop there?

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #3

A powerful message from your heart Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. You courageously remind us that no act goes unnoticed and the consequence is not limited to time or space. Our taking the responsibility of our actions enables us to have more control of the consequences. In business, follow-up is often a piece that is neglected on the part of the service provider or manager. Understanding that we can not stop once the action has taken place, will make the difference between a successful outcome or an unexpected loss. We can't associate the act with the final result. Thank you Dr. Ali for challenging us to think of what can take place beyond the act itself.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear Laurent Boscherini. You are spot on and your verification on the effect of a smile is gorgeous. I also like very much your mentioning of gratitude and reminding us that it is "the mother of all virtues". I am full with gratitude to you. Yes, we can't control the outside world. We may only control our actions and behaviors. Sometimes we forget to think of the future consequences. I believe this could be the break we apply to calm selves down and act peacefully. I thank you for writing the first and most valuable comment my friend. A secret revealed to you. This buzz took me the least time of all my buzzes to write. I wrote it from my heart.

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

3 years ago #1

Thank you dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for sharing your excellent questioning post another act of kindness too. Let me invite you to think about how addictive a smile is. If someone smiles at you, you will most likely smile back and the pattern continues. Millennia ago, Cicero proclaimed that gratitude was the 'mother of all virtues.' Seneca spoke of gratitude as being a fundamental motivational drive that was critical for building interpersonal relationships. But you are right sometimes people can do and say things in life that you cannot agree with. Some will be mean and hurtful. How you process these interactions involves youΒ and not them. Your attitude and demeanor towards others can influence outcomes, but your only real control is over your own actions and reactions. Kindness always serves you and others best and fortunately, each of us has the freewillΒ to kickstart the neurobiological feedback loopβ€”and upward spiral of well-beingβ€”that isΒ triggered by small acts of generosity andΒ gratitudeΒ each andΒ every day of our lives.Β 

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