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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Teachings of Shanon Brooks

Shanon Brooks, president of George Wythe, wrote an article in The Statesman (the George Wythe newsletter) on "Building Your Two Towers." In this article, he categorizes people he calls "producers" in society.

Brooks defines producers as people who "think in abundance rather than scarcity, take initiative instead of waiting for someone else to provide them with opportunity, and faithfully take wise risks instead of fearfully believing that they can’t make a difference."

(So far it sounds uncannily like Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.)

Things get interesting when he categorizes and ranks these producers.

The highest category includes: Moses, Paul, Socrates, Confucius, Frédéric Bastiat, Edward Deming (I think he means W. Edwards Deming), and Robert Kiyosaki. Brooks calls these people Prophets.

The next-highest category includes: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, and Margaret Thatcher. These are Statesmen. Other categories then follow.

Categorizing Robert Kiyosaki as a prophet and ranking him higher than, say, Margaret Thatcher, is a startling assertion. Given Kiyosaki's checkered background, I'd think Brooks would think twice before lumping him in with Moses and Paul.

Brooks's article also begs the question of where he would categorize Oliver DeMille. After all, if he can set Kiyosaki up to be a prophet, why not DeMille?


Anonymous said...

Mr. Brooks' credentials also deserve serious critique. If I understand correctly, he was one of the first faculty members of GWC but didn't have any degrees? Then, he got all his degrees from the same institution he was teaching at? One wonders if he was also a credit-receiving student in the same classes he was teaching. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

The Real George Wythe said...

He was there at the beginning, along with DeMille and Bill Doughty. You're right, he got all three degrees from the school he was teaching at. Very efficient!

It's hard to put much weight into the degrees from this school -- especially ones from the 1990s, when they seemed to be passing them out like candy.

See the Wikipedia article for the documentation, but the doctorates alone they handed out back then ranged from Psychology to Near Eastern Studies!

Anonymous said...

What you have here is a case of "professorcraft". Much like the priestcraft Mormorns read about in the BOM.