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Omne trium perfectum

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

see-no-hear-no-etcOmne whuh?

This Latin phrase expresses a truism we know internally, even if we aren’t aware of it consciously: everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete.

That’s because our brains are wired to think in patterns*, and three is the smallest number of elements needed to produce a pattern.

The so-called Rule of Three can apply in many contexts:

  1. Rule of Thirds in art and design (dividing visuals into three parts)
  2. Every story has a beginning, middle and end (as you already know, y’know, from me)
  3. Case studies are presented as problem, solution and outcome

Similarly, Latin has another term for how this applies to writing –  express one idea. Examples:

  1. Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll
  2. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
  3. Reduce, reuse, recycle

This is one of the reasons why people seem to respond positively, often with vigorous head-nods, to my concept of the “recognition trifecta”:

  1. Win an award
  2. Speak at a conference
  3. Publish a thought leadership article

Achieving all three is desirable. Remembering and pursuing the ones that make the most sense for the individual is just as important.

More to come on this.

 

*For more on pattern recognition than you likely care to know, see this bit on

Learning Program and Team Awards 2009-2014

ORGANIZATION / CATEGORY DESIGNATION

ASTD Excellence in Practice

Technical Training Award
Training Management Citation (for new programs)
Learning Technology Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Leadership Development (x2) Award, Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Onboarding Citation
Sales Enablement Citation

Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning

Best Custom Content Gold
Best in Learning Strategy and Governance Gold
Best Leadership Development Program Gold
Best Innovation in Learning Technology Silver
Best Leadership Sales Training Silver
Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management Bronze
Best Use of Games for Learning Bronze

Brandon Hall Technology Excellence

Best Advance in Social Learning Technology Gold

CLO Magazine Learning in Practice

Technology Innovation Gold, Division 1
Innovation Gold, Division 1
Business Impact Gold, Division 2
Business Impact Bronze, Division 2

 

Learning Organization Ranking Awards

ORGANIZATION / AWARD NOTES

American Society for Training & Development

ASTD BEST #1 (up from #32 in one year)
#2 (up from #37 in two years)

ELearning! Media Group

Learning! 100 #1 (first year on list)

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

LearningElite #1, #4

Training Magazine

 Training Top 125 #1, #2 (up from #41 in one year)
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