Skipper Dippel

Skipper Dippel

Tieman H. "Skipper" Dippel Jr. is the Author of The Language of Conscience Evolution. The Wisdom of Generations is the Sixth Book in the Evolution.

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Tieman H. Dippel’s The Language of Conscience Evolution, beginning with the first book, A New Legacy (published twice in the late eighties and republished in 2002), and continuing with the sixth and latest volume in the series, The Wisdom of Generations, is a thriving organism that adapts to continuous change. Dippel’s series emphasizes that all ethical, monetary, and other decisions made by individuals, families, corporations, or governments should be based on conscience, not convenience...

Presented by: Art Markman, PhD, Director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations, University of Texas at Austin

In The Wisdom of Generations Tieman (Skipper) Dippel, Jr. is grappling with a set of fundamental issues that relate people, government, and nations.  These levels of analysis of individuals, organizations, and cultures map well onto the approach of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas, which strives to give people tools to understand people at these same three levels.

A fundamental tension between people and their government comes from the degree of oversight that a government imposes on individual freedoms and the restrictions it places on the process of doing business.  There are three key elements of psychological processing that come into play when thinking about the relationship between individuals and government:
    1) Striving for short-term versus long-term reward
    2) Ingroup and outgroup behavior
    3) The Illusion of Explanatory Depth

I will address each in turn.  Then, I will examine an important element of culture, which plays a central role in the book...

Thursday, 06 December 2012 15:53

The Importance of How You Think about Fairness

Political Fairness is Equality, Economic Fairness Rewards Scarcity,
Cultural Fairness Requires the Wisdom of the Common Good and the Golden Rule

Perhaps no issue has been more discussed, but possibly less comprehended, than the issue of fairness in the current elections. How you think about fairness determines what you think about fairness and which policies need to be implemented. Whether your thoughts are based on emotional feelings or the wisdom of greater contemplation, makes a huge difference not just in short term economic policies, but in long term competitiveness and sustainability of our system. We have talked about fairness from the extreme perspectives of political campaigning, now we need to discuss it in the context of the wisdom of governing well...

 The Fundamental Distinctions Between Compliance Driven Cultures and Conscience Driven Cultures

 One of the most important future board governance and senior management issues is to define corporate vision and cultural interaction as future economics, politics, and cultural changes challenge the current system. First movers in the evolution of conscience will seize this advantage.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to once again attend the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Traditionally it is one of the premier conferences on best practices in corporate governance. In attending it, as well as a similar conference presented by the Conference Board’s Governance Institute, one gets an accurate perspective of the evolving issues from the audience as well as the presentations.

Through top down analysis at these conferences, you see interesting trends that are...

Economics has Stronger Growth with Trust and Politics More Unity


As the world moves much more quickly with technology and personal relationships tend to be diminished in depth, what is being increasingly appreciated is the necessity of trust in the three great powers of economics, politics, and culture. When trust systems become dysfunctional and people’s ability to work together is significantly diminished, all three powers change in nature and efficiency. Without unified action that helps grow the pie and everybody’s individual part, arguments inherently take place over allocation of resources that tend to diminish growth and shrink each person’s...

I think it was Otto Von Bismarck who made the observation that preventive war had similar logic to committing suicide for fear of death. Far too often the leadership of society takes it in directions that may be emotionally, and even knowledgably popular, but the significant unintended consequences are neither fully understood nor accurately measured. The concept of using regulation to solve all ills is one of them. Generally regulations evolve as the answer to a major crisis, injustice, or perceived problem. The regulation puts in place a set of rules to all involved that hopefully will prevent...

Recently, Kitty and I were blessed with the opportunity of vacationing in Hawaii with one of our daughters, Meg, her husband Dathan, and three of our grandchildren. We spent most of a week on the island of Maui where they surfed (and I remembered earlier days), learned about how sugarcane and coffee were made, and were amazed at how much the island had changed since our last visit there.

I had suggested that even though Maui was truly a beautiful and fun place, the kids ought to see, Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, the Bishop Museum which taught the history of the islands, and most importantly...

At the time of the French Revolution, there were three great concepts that were put forth – equality, fraternity, and liberty.  While they seem independent values, they are in reality closely related in context.  Liberty is in effect the division between equality (individual) and fraternal (group) relationships.  In Western cultures, equality or the individual has become more the focus of how we view life.  We are much like the occupants of an individual house in the suburbs or smaller city who look at our lives as the center of the universe.  We treasure the individuality of our opinions and our actions and oftentimes the media and opinions that we choose go to similar sources and are reaffirmed.  In the East the more ancient cultures have created a different perspective of fraternity where people look at themselves more as joint owners of a condominium.  They view their perspective in a broader context of how they fit into a larger society, and it shapes...

My Father was a businessman, a county sheriff for twenty years, and a bank president following his law enforcement career.  In the rural Washington County of his day, things were far simpler than they are today but he always had a set of observations that helped guide the way he thought about issues.  He cared a great deal about service to the community which he felt was an obligation.  He resigned as sheriff to volunteer in World War II, as well as establishing a career for integrity that the Texas Sheriff’s Association honors through their Texas Peacemaker Award, a nickname given to him by the Texas Rangers not necessarily just because of his perspective on law enforcement, but also because he was 6’3 and 240 pounds with a reputation for the martial arts.  Dad used to make some thoughtful observations that set his tone in life that were always worth remembering:

Friday, 17 August 2012 20:13

Choosing Conscience over Convenience

Choosing Between the Wisdom of Thoughtful Conscience and Emotional Conscience is More Difficult Understanding the Reality of Choices Made with Analytics, Prioritization, and Trend Analysis 


One of the greatest problems that we face in the modern politics of the sound bite or the economic analysis of the five minute commentary is the use of emotion rather than thought in quickly judging the options that face us.  In the triangles of The Language of Conscience, we spend much more time assessing not the choices between good versus bad which are often quite clear, but the much more difficult choice of comparing two “goods”.  Modern media and analysis normally serves interests not values and as such focuses on the easy choice of good versus bad, or conscience versus convenience.  We do not think thoughtfully enough of the ultimate consequences of actions.  


Perhaps the most used example is the issue of compassion.  If the issue is a choice between having compassion and not having compassion then the obvious choice of a person of morality is to grant compassion.  However, reality normally also has the simultaneous issue of the choice of two types of compassion. Compassion in its fullest extent possible in the immediate, or sustainable compassion that will stand the test of time.  The analysis of which question is asked provides...