“Activities, organizations, companies, governments and even man’s civilization depend upon having the TECHNOLOGY of ADMINISTRATION and the knowledge and APPLICATION of it.” – L. Ron Hubbard
Born in Tilden, Nebraska, on March 13, 1911, Mr. Hubbard spent his early years in what was then still the frontier territory of Montana. Possessed of a rare curiosity, one that motivated his ethnological examinations of 21 races and cultures and encouraged him while still in his teens to trek across a then-remote China that few Westerners would ever see, he logged more than a quarter of a million miles by the time he reached the age of 19 without the benefit of commercial air transportation.
While the full array of his accomplishments could fill a book, there are some it would be particularly fitting to mention here.
His interest in education and the problems associated with passing on knowledge began early. At the age of 15, he was teaching Chamorro children in Guam, utilizing unique methods he developed a harbinger of breakthroughs he would make in the field of education and study. Then, while in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Hubbard trained ship crews, developed some of the techniques of pre-battle conditioning still used today, and turned incomprehensible technical manuals into effective course materials to train servicemen in navigation.
Likewise in 1950, realizing that what passed for administration at the time was inconsistent and arbitrary, Mr. Hubbard turned his attention to that area. His first book on the subject, How to Live Though an Executive, published in 1953, recognized that the true role of an executive in any organization was to plan and supervise, and detailed a communication system for any office or organization. Indeed, the book was a communication manual appropriate for any organization of any size. Three years later, his book The Problems of Work isolated the problems encountered on the job by everyone, from worker to the chief executive officer, and presented methods anyone could use to regain his or her enthusiasm for work.
In 1965, after years of continuing research into the forms and functions of organization, Mr. Hubbard announced his development of the seven-division organizing board, a major breakthrough that presented the most successful administrative pattern of operation for any group of any size. These seven divisions, which are each divided into departments, encompass all the actions that are performed or should be performed in any organization. Indeed, this organizational breakthrough, when applied, ensures the continued success and stable expansion of any organization.
The full body of his work in this area can be found in nine encyclopedia-sized volumes, including an index volume, comprising The Organization Executive Course, and three Management Series volumes. Contained in these twelve volumes is a technology that guarantees the survival and growth of groups from small to enormous, as has been proven by thousands upon thousands of companies and groups in countries throughout the world in recent decades.
Today, millions in many fields utilize Mr. Hubbard’s principles to rid themselves of those shadows and better their lives.