The post that follows was submitted by Northwest Independent Coordinator Tony DePhillips. Tony coordinates an impressive network of prominent, smart OTs from Alaska to Oregon and from Washington to Wyoming – many of whom, for a variety of good reasons, are still flying missions under the radar. This little gem on the subject of statistics was written by one of them. An indvidual, by the way, who has accumulated considerable Scientology expansion statistics of his own over the years.
I am going to introduce his post with the answer to his implied question: why aren’t statistics being shared and operated on by Miscavige and co? Well, it is one answer, straight from cob:
Sworn deposition testimony of David Miscavige taken in a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 1990, three years after having invented and then appropriated to himself the highest “ecclesiastical” position in the church, Chairman of the Board RTC:
Q. HAVE YOU BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING TAKEN THE ORG EXECUTIVE COURSE?
A. I DON’T THINK SO.
Q. HAVE YOU GRADUATED FROM THE ORG EXECUTIVE COURSE?
(RECORD READ AS FOLLOWS: “QUESTION: DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMUNICATIONS FROM MR. HUBBARD, IN WRITING, EITHER BY TELEX OR TYPEWRITTEN FORM, REGARDING THE MANAGEMENT OF OTHER SCIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS OR CORPORATIONS AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL AT GILMAN HOT SPRINGS?”)
MS. PLEVIN: CONFERENCE —
MR. HELLER: DO YOU AUTOMATICALLY —
MS. PLEVIN: — BETWEEN WITNESS AND COUNSEL.
MR. HELLER: — NOTE IF THERE’S A CONFERENCE?
THE REPORTER: YES.
MR. HELLER: SO IT’S NOT NECESSARY FOR YOU TO SAY THAT EVERY TIME.
(ATTORNEY-CLIENT DISCUSSION HELD OFF THE RECORD.)
THE WITNESS: TELL ME WHAT YOU MEAN BY “MANAGEMENT.” YOU DEFINE FOR ME “MANAGEMENT.”
BY MS. PLEVIN:
Q. WELL, WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND “MANAGEMENT” TO MEAN, MR. MISCAVIGE?
MR. HELLER: NO. NO.
THE WITNESS: I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION.
MR. HERTZBERG: HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION. WOULD YOU, PLEASE, EXPLAIN THE QUESTION?
BY MS. PLEVIN:
Q. DO YOU HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING AS TO WHAT “MANAGEMENT” MEANS?
A. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN BY “MANAGEMENT” WHEN YOU USE THAT TERM. YOU ALSO ASKED ME NUMEROUS THINGS.
by Nanook of the Northwest
The biggest omission in any Scientology event or International Scientology News magazine is the statistics of Scientology.
As every Scientologist knows all Orgs and Missions dutifully collect and report their statistics each and every week. The basic statistics are: Gross Income; Gross Book sales; Number of book sold; Number of auditing hours; Total value of services delivered; Number of books sold to new people (who have never started a paid service in Scientology) and First Service Starts (people starting their very first paid service in Scientology). Bigger Scientology centers have stats like the Number of Auditors made, or People who made it to Clear. There are MANY more statistics; Scientology Orgs and Missions report as many as 30 to 80 statistics to management every week.
Statistics are tabulated for each type of Scientology center, Organizations, Missions, Advanced Orgs, etc. They are tabulated by country, region, continent and of course world wide. The record of statistics goes WAY back.
It is possible to see the complete statistics of Scientology stretching back to at least the 1970’s, if not earlier.
So the question is: Why doesn’t the church SHOW the stats?
If the number of new people starting their first paid service in Scientology was going up and up and up, don’t you think that they would show us the graph?
Of course they would!!!!!
If any or all of the major statistics of Scientology were going up and up and up for the last 40 years you can bet your last cent that the church would be showing the graphs to every one.
Its not that the Church does not show ANY stats. There are graphs shown at events and such. Maybe there will be a graph of the number of LRH books donated to libraries. Or the number of Way to Happiness booklets distributed. But these are not the real basic statistics of Scientology.
Any communication from Management to Scientologists should include the real statistics. Let’s see the Mission network stats, all of them as mentioned above for the last year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years. Let’s see the same for all Class 5 Organizations. If the Ideal Org program is working than this should not be a problem.
The very fact that the statistics are NOT shown is a strong indicator that they are DOWN.
Of course one cant say they are down just by not seeing the graph, but simple logic dictates that the statistical graphs not being shown broadly indicates something negative.
L. Ron Hubbard has written literally hundreds of policy directives about management by statistics.
In the policy letter entitled: “False Reports” (2 April 1965) Mr. Hubbard says:
“You will find inevitably that where there is a false report, a false attestation or a no-report or a refused report many other offenses can suddenly emerge. These were hidden like a group cancer. Pulled to view, the group clears.” …”Troubles, commotions and upsets only occur after a series of false reports, false attestations, no-reports or withheld reports.” (Italics not added, they are in the original LRH text.)
In any sort of a true group the stats would be shown, good or bad. They are the reality of what is. Up or down, the stats show expansion or contraction. If they are up then the discussion is about why they went up and what can be done to continue the rise. And if they are down, then the group can discuss why they went down and what can be done to make the stats go up again.
But to not show the stats, or report false stats short circuits the process. Now there can be no real discussion of what needs to be done.
A no-report indicates either a complete incompetence or something is being hidden…or both. It is completely wrong to think that there are “other reasons” for not showing the stats. Some may dream up the idea that reporting down stats is bad for morale. But LRH does NOT say this is the case.
Any competent and honest management would NEVER withhold this information, they would report what is and then work with the group to improve things, unless they had something to hide.
If you managed a company and one department refused to report their regular statistics but instead reported a bunch of newly made up statistics promoting how great things were going, what would YOU do?