Principle Effects

LOGO FINALQuality IS…an anthology of principles.

Why establish concept to concept relationships?

If principles are understood then the meaning of Quality will follow.


With our attempt to answer some the questions proposed earlier, it is apparent that principles may have the same issues that plague concepts. They can be written clearly and have certain characteristics that make them rules to live by or they can be written in a connotative manner. We have identified the following effects that may have a positive or negative impact on a principle’s efficiency. Well written principles that meet Steven Coveys criteria of always pointing the way, not shifting or changing, applying at all times in all places and being objective and external would certainly have common characteristics. Characteristics, attributes or effects identified thus far can be used as a template for identifying, and writing principles.

The Concept Density Effect: This is a positive effect. Relevant concepts contained within the principle are the building blocks of a well written principle. One can almost understand the purpose of the principle by identifying the concepts in the principle as stated. The concepts should be related to the principles field of knowledge (Domain).

The Conditional or Limiting Adjective Effect: This is a negative effect. One or more conditional adjectives firmly consign the principle to the category of being connotative and fundamentally transform’s the principle into a practice.  The adjective attaches conditions under which the principle will apply.  This effect has the most impact on making the principle a “Non-Covey” principle.

The Transitive Verb Effect: This is a positive effect. The very nature of a transitive verb makes it a necessity for a principle. A principle must be active and that action must be directed at a subject, preferably a relevant concept.

The Modal Verb Effect:  This can be a either a positive or a negative effect.  The right modal verb can strengthen a principle or once again transform it into a practice. The most common modal verbs are; Can, Could, May, Might, Must, Ought to, Shall, Should, Will and Would. Only one modal verb is appropriate for a principle – Must. Any of the other modal verbs create a negative effect.

In addition to effects, all principles must have a purpose and must to be associated with the field of knowledge or domain of origin. (Is this a principle?)

Next post – Questions answered.

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