Efficiency



To accomplish more with fewer resources is efficiency. Instead of its being one time occurrence, it can become way of life. In that case, it becomes Skill in the individual capable of maturing into capacity, talent, and ability. In the community, it becomes an organisation known as social habit. It is called culture of the community when each individual acquires it from the society through the social organisation.

How more is accomplished with less

  1. Interest in work makes one work as several men.
  2. An idea raises the efficiency several fold - Model T.
  3. Organisation raises the efficiency of the assembled men several times higher than their sum of efficiencies.
  4. Community accepting one's method raises the individual method into one of communal one. Here the efficiency rises in direct proportion to the number of men in the community.
  5. To make an isolated method a part of a whole also raises efficiency.
  6. Thoughtfulness contributes to efficiency.
  7. Resourcefulness creates new avenues of work as well as raising the existing efficiency very high.
  8. ''Scales, measurements, records are tools of efficiency.''

Efficiency in different planes

Efficiency is in the physical, vital mental planes.

  1. The efficiency of each successively higher plane is very many times greater than that in the planes below it.
  2. The consciousness of each higher plane can descend to express in the planes below it, thereby raising the overall efficiency.

For example, the application of mental planning raises the efficiency of physical actions. Instances have been cited in which production efficiency rose 400 fold during World War II. This example is still of work done in the physical plane.

Horizontal expansion by an increasing in quantity or number of people and vertical growth by rising to higher planes increase efficiency incredibly.

Principles of Efficiency

  1. Accomplishment directly depends upon efficiency.
  2. Maximum efficiency is not possible on the same plane. It can be achieved by rising to a higher plane of action.
  3. Gains in efficiency achieved by attention to Human Resources is accomplished by motivating people to change their attitudes and take greater interest in work. Such gains are achieved by encouraging people to shed their egos.
  4. To accomplish the result with the minimum of resources is efficiency.
  5. Skill, capacity, interest, systems, innovation raise efficiency.
  6. Saving of time, space, energy, material and money contribute to efficiency.
  7. Systems save time and space.
  8. Accounting saves money, especially costing.
  9. Interest saves energy.
  10. Innovation saves material.
  11. Using all socially available methods raises efficiency above the social level.
  12. Exhausting your interested thought on improvement raises that level of efficiency to the maximum possible level in your own context.
  13. To analyse each function of your work in terms of the whole with a view to improving efficiency will raise it to a maximum level.
  14. Efficiency will get a comprehensive consideration when it is analysed from the point of view of all its aspects - energy, systems, people, result, strategy, skill, etc.
  15. The construction of one's factory, the constitution of the company and the social milieu set limits to the level of efficiency attainable.
  16. Setting up measurements for each activity enhances efficiency.
  17. Creating an index of efficiency for the composite whole can raise that efficiency to the possible maximum.
  18. Bureaucracy is known for its inefficiency because there each system in its working interferes with the working of other systems.
  19. One profound principle of efficiency is to devise a SYSTEM which in its working does not stall other systems.

Culture & Efficiency

The higher the culture, the higher the efficiency.


Culture comes towards the end of the Chain of social development that proceeds from Act to Consciousness.

Act - Activities - System - Organisation - Institution - Culture - Custom - Usage - Consciousness

As we advance in the chain, it is obvious that efficiency rises. An act has a defined efficiency. The act part of an activity must rise in its efficiency so as to fit into the set of activities. It is one thing we sit at home and think cogently in the cool hours of the domestic atmosphere, but it is altogether another thing to explain the same idea to another, especially when the other is a weighty person. At home all our energies go to form and shape the idea. Before another person, energy is necessary to keep one's poise before him. An ex-Prime Minister called an ex-Vice Chancellor of a university on the phone without disclosing his identity. The Vice-Chancellor spoke fluently, but on finding out the identity of the caller, he lost his voice, and lost his coherence of thought.

Without higher efficiency, an Act cannot move further on the chain. To evolve as part of an activity, the act has to supply a part of its original energy. The same is true with the further step to form a system. A system is an organisation of a smaller kind. The act that matured to become part of an activity now opts to be a part of a system. Activities are less organised and systems are more organised. For the Act to become a part of a system, it has to qualify itself by supplying sufficient energy. This demands greater efficiency in the act.

Thus we see as we move further along the chain, each item is more effective than the previous one and the Act, as a part of a higher member of the chain, has to become more efficient at each stage. A clerk in the local office and a clerk in the Prime Minister's office are clerks in all respects of salary and service conditions, but to be a clerk in a higher office he must be more capable even as a clerk.

Culture is still further along the chain. It is obvious that one who is cultured is already efficient by virtue of his culture. Hence, a higher culture implies a higher efficiency. When society receives a new opportunity, the more cultured section of the population benefits in a greater measure. It is because they are inherently more efficient.

Efficiency is the end result of Skill. Efficiency of capacity is far greater than efficiency of a single skill, since capacity is the essence of innumerable skills. Efficiency of talent is greater even than that, because a talent is the result of one's capacity reinforcing a single skill. Ability is higher still, as it can transfer one skill into another. The able section of the community acquires culture. Therefore the efficiency of culture is high and the higher the culture the higher is the efficiency.

Symbolism, transaction, organization, trust

Symbolism, transaction, ORGANISATION, and trust increase efficiency.

  • Efficiency at its height gives rise to Symbolism.
  • Efficiency is of the part.
  • Efficiency of the whole, the whole which is not a part of another whole is a Symbol.
  • Symbolism is of the imagination, not of thinking.
  • When the Mind uses its faculty of thinking, we think.
  • When Mind as a whole exercises itself a Symbol arises.
  • The instruments society has created thus where symbolism is most prominent are Language and Money.
  • Classical languages are more powerful than the vernaculars.
  • They lend themselves to be misused in demagogy.
  • Demagogy has enabled people to capture national power for decades.
  • Money rules the world, penetrates every sector, accomplishes anything and everything because it is a symbol of the productive power of the nation, also a symbol of the Trust of the population.
  • Accomplishing a work of ten hours in eight hours is seen as efficiency.
  • Saving Time, Energy, Money, Space, etc. is efficiency.
  • Raising a tool from one plane to another higher plane or some planes higher is the work of symbolism.
  • Symbolism symbolises the efficiency of the WHOLE which is not part of another whole.
  • Money came into existence when the human mind was capable of Symbolism.
  • Symbolism is really at the end of a long chain of efficient efforts.
  • Money starts with Symbolism.
  • When men come together and work, their powers are pooled. Transaction is its means.
  • In a transaction, Man indirectly lends his Trust to the action which is itself very powerful, as Trust is the efficiency of human existence.
  • Transaction brings powerful men together often two at a time and creates human individual efficiency that can become collective human effectivity.
  • Organisation brings events, Time, Space, men, their behaviour into a pattern that comes to stay for endless repetition.
  • Organisation is the coordinated instrument of Social Efficiency.
  • A symbol represents most material products.*Of course it can also represent non-material, human entities.
  • Transaction brings men and their actions together to accomplish a little on individual responsibility.
  • Organisation brings men, materials, events and every possible human section together thus raising efficiency to its acme and to higher planes.
  • Trust is an efficient person entirely giving his all to another as he tru