How to Succeed with ARC (Affinity, Reality
    and Communication)

    "Understanding is composed of affinity, reality and communication." -- L. Ron
    Hubbard

    Affinity: how well you like or love a person
    Reality: how much agreement you have with a person; what you agree to be real
    Communication: your exchange of information and ideas
    Understanding: The result of combining affinity, reality and communication

    To read Part 1, click here.  Part 2, click here.  Part 3 Click here!  Part 4 Click here!
    Part 5 Click here!


    Part 5: ARC Helps You Succeed at Work

    Your job is good or bad depending on the level of ARC at your work place. When
    workers and management have a high level of ARC for each other, the job is a joy.
    This kind of a group feels like a team. It accomplishes a great deal and expands.

    Yet when the people in a group dislike each other, disagree with each other or do not
    communicate well, you have high stress, low productivity and poor morale.

    If you like your job, you have good ARC with at least some of the people there. You
    talk about the work all day (communication), you more or less agree on work issues
    (reality), and you feel friendly toward these people (affinity).

    On the other hand, you might have weak ARC with a few of these people if you rarely
    talk, disagree on certain things and do not particularly like each other. You might even
    have an enemy at work. You automatically disagree with the person, refuse to talk to
    the person and feel hatred toward the person. If your ARC is low with too many
    people, you will not enjoy working there.

    Fortunately, you can increase your ARC for a group with these five steps.

    "If one really communicates and communicates well to these people -- listens to what
    they have to say and acknowledges what they say and says what he has to say to
    them, gently enough and often enough that it is actually received by them -- he will
    regain, to a very marked degree, his ability to associate and coordinate the actions of
    those people with whom he is immediately surrounded.

    "Here we have ARC immediately adjusted to work." -- L. Ron Hubbard from
    The Problems of Work

    Five Simple Steps

    1. Listen to the people at your work

    2. Acknowledge what you hear

    3. Say what you have to say

    4. Be gentle about it

    5. Persist

    For example, if you show up for work and ignore everyone, you will have problems.
    You will not understand what your coworkers or bosses are doing. You will not be
    given new responsibilities nor more pay. You will feel alone and unhappy.

    Yet if you listen, acknowledge, talk, be gentle and persist, your ARC will then begin to
    rise. You will see people agreeing with you and you will find yourself agreeing with
    them. You will feel good about what you are doing as you have more affinity for the
    people and the work.

    For example, Stan has been a loner since he started his new job last month. During
    the lunch breaks, he eats alone while the other workers talk about the job and share
    jokes. After a while, no one notices him. He doesn't like being ignored, but is too shy
    to break the ice. He hates his job.

    After learning about ARC, he decides to give it a try. He simply stands near a group,
    listens to someone talk about their weekend of camping and says, "That sounds like
    fun." Later that day, he hears someone explain how they do a task and he says,
    "Interesting. I think I'll try that."

    Each day, he listens and acknowledges more conversations. He starts saying a few
    things of his own. Because he raises the C corner of the triangle, the other two points
    rise as well (covered in Part 1 and Part 2 on this subject). His ARC with the group
    rises each day. Soon, he feels part of the group and likes his job.

    When you have ARC at work, you feel more cheerful, think better and make better
    decisions. You enjoy your work, have pride in your accomplishments and make a
    difference in the success of the company.

    You use ARC to rise to the top!

    Recommendations

    1. Listen to twice as many people at work this week.

    2. Acknowledge what everyone has to say. Ignore no one.

    3. Say what you have to say more often to more people.


    4. Be gentle in your communications. Avoid being forceful, demanding or angry.

    5. Persist with the above steps until you feel you are a greater part of a team,
    coordinate more smoothly with others and have more enjoyment.

    Do not be surprised if you are more successful at work than ever before.
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