P / PC Balance

After reading several books about self-improvement in 2018, I revisit my old book about self-improvement which is the “7 habit for the highly effective people”. Why this books? Because based on the previous self-improvement books that I read (The Courage of being disliked) said 7 habit from Stephen Covey is the implementation from the books “The Courage of being disliked”.

After reading 78/420 pages, I found an interesting concept called P/PC balance in the 7 Habit books. The term that I didn’t found it on the Teenager version of 7 Habit books.

So, what is the P / PC balance concept? P / PC balance is explained in a simple way through the Golden Goose story. Basically, when the farmer just focus on the golden egg without considering about the Goose, it will reach the not-balanced the P/PC, and the final result, the farmer will lose all of their asset.

This concept is interesting as to this could be used on a lot of different context. 7 Habit gives several example like when we are not focus to improve ourselves (health, finance, career) (PC) so we could lose our golden egg (P), maybe we are sick, burn out at work, or we spend more money than our capability to get the money, we will lose the golden egg, the metaphor for our success, just like our happiness, freedom, and things that we want to get at the future. Or, maybe if we just focus on ourself, we also can’t get the golden eggs, maybe we are too focus on reading a lot of self-improvement books without implement it incrementally, or study a lot but not going to produce things from that knowledge. Those things also lead to the same un-balanced P/PC.

The interesting example is when the P/PC things is being used on more abstract condition like communication over person. Say, we are being father of a son, and we want our son to clean their room cheerfully without being reminded. So, when we focus on the (P) the golden eggs, that our son need to clean the room, maybe we could borrow our authority on the house as a father to give command to our son, or yelling at him so that he will clean his room. But, we forget to improve the (PC), our son capability to clean the room, his willingness to clean his room. If we forget it, maybe we are just transformed into the authoritarian person that yelling at him so that we lose the respect from him over time, we lose the golden eggs. Or we consider the PC, we cheer on him, we give all the food on the plate, support him whether he needs it or not, and he will not have the sense of responsibility to get the things done from themselves.

I think, this P/PC balance is interesting, because there should be thing that called balance, but this concept reveal what “the term balance should be achieved”. By maintaining the capability of the producer and the product, we are going to get more and more golden eggs.

Maybe, if we want to apply it on IT environment, the P/PC balance is the Agile itself. When we just focus on the feature creation without give some consideration about the system that makes the feature is running, we will lose the system eventually, because we don’t do any refactoring or doing any review about our current design, and it is just makes us stuck on the present moment also losing our scalability features. The inverse things might be happened, when we are just too focus on the system, but forget the goals of the product that we build, it makes our product lose the users because the product can’t compete with the market, and eventually the system is a waste, because why we need to develop a system that have no users?

I think, this concept is a good intro into 7 habit, because in the 7 habit, we must going through 3 stage (dependent, independent, and interdependence) which the first stage that we need to take care of ourselves and need to begin with the end in our mind so we could know what the P and the PC for ourselves in this multi-dimensional life.

I’m going to write this reading experience on medium since this book recommends me to explain the reading experience to audience when I acknowledged a new knowledge from this books. See you again on the next story!