The Organization Executive Course (OEC) was put together by LRH in 1969 as a way to train church executives in what he saw as the most successful ways to manage and expand the church.
Later (1971), a “Basic Staff Hat” was put together with the most basic articles (called Hubbard Communication Office (HCO) Policy Letters (HCOPLs) about organizations and being on staff in one book that anyone should be familiar with. I studied this entire volume in the year 2000.
It seems odd to me, now, that not every organization (such as my current employer) makes such a book (and course to go with it) available to all its staff. How else can you get management and workers “on the same page?”
This book gives us (in Scientology) a common language of management and the theory behind it, so that we can all communicate effectively with each other on questions of how the organizations are run.
There is a lot to running an organization successfully!
Here are the major topics covered by this 942-page volume:
- Introduction, Keeping Scientology Working and Keeping Admin Working; Scientology organizations and their purpose
- Basic organization and the organizing board
- Basic staff actions and duties
- Staff appearance and org image
- Developed traffic (Dev-T: useless, unnecessary or destructive actions in an organization)
- Hats and Hatting (Hat: A collection of materials that outline the purposes, know-how and duties of a post.)
- Products and exchange
- Ethics, honesty and survival
- The conditions of existence from Non-Existence to Power
- Conditions below Non-Existence
- Condition Formulas application and remedies
- Basic principles of promotion
- Servicing the public
- Orders and compliance
- Staff performance, rules and regulations
- Organizational ethics
- Staff member reports
- Use of conditions in organizations
- Administering justice
- Scientology Justice Codes
- Org programming and target attainment
- The Ideal Org
- Appendices include:
- Thirteen different versions of organizing boards
- List of types of issues and magazines
Any one of these topics could fill a book!
Yet these articles, all written by a professional writer, are very readable and outline for anyone who cares to study them the basics of running any activity anywhere to do anything; and of being a member of that activity. Some of them are church-specific, while most have very broad application.
Of all the things that working in the church gave me, these PLs are among the most missed. To have such a body of guidelines, all written down and organized, for all participants in the activity to learn, use and discuss, is a priceless gift.
This book was produced by Bridge Publications in 1999 and is a very nice piece of work. It is printed on high-grade paper, includes three ribbons for use as place markers and two thumb tabs for the Appendices and Index.