Meet David Dibble

THE face of the new agreements and 3d problem solving in healthcare

Over the years, I created what I believe is a revolutionary and effective model for creating/growing great leaders, managers, and transforming companies, 3D Problem Solving (3DPS). 3DPS is a mash-up Nobel Prize winning systems science and universal transformation principles, such as The Four Agreements.

3DPS was partially sparked by my eight years with don Miguel Ruiz before he wrote his international best selling The Four Agreements. Although in our time together we didn’t call the work by this name, it was really the study/practice of human transformation.

10 years prior to meeting Miguel in 1990 when he first came to America, I had been an avid student of both systems science as it related to the workplace and human transformation, including my own.

In the early 1980s, I ran into the work of two great men, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement in business, and Dr. Ilya Prigogine, who won a Nobel Prize in 1977 for his discovery of the Law of Dissipative Structures.

As an owner of my own business, this wisdom completely changed my thinking about leadership, management and quality improvement. I mashed Deming’s and Prigogine’s work together to create 3DPS and implemented it in my business. Through that implementation, we rose into probably the top 10 in quality and technology of about 1500 competitors nationwide.

Although not a great student in my early school years, I was fascinated by the universe, living systems and how the planet and universe worked. I was especially pulled to nature and its amazing synergies and, in the big picture, so little real competition.

David Dibble

My dad, a tuna fisherman, fostered my love of the sea and waves. I was an avid surfer for 60 years before being injured and I’m still an occasional bad golfer.

I’ve been lucky in the things important to me in my life: my relationships, family, and a higher purpose for work. Linda, my beautiful bride, and I are now over 50 years at the hitching post. We have three grown children who are not in jail or rehab, which is about all a parent can ask these days. For reasons still unclear to me, our kids appear to like us. Our grand kids are amazing and somehow make me into a kid again myself.

People say I’m funny and I admit to loving a good laugh. If people don’t laugh at my jokes, I do. I believe wisdom is earned and more useful than knowledge. I’m kind to animals and living things in general except for mosquitoes. I have kept Linda up for hours as I hunted down and put to death a single mosquito that had violated the no fly zone that is our bedroom.

Four years ago, I had a powerful dream that sat me straight up in bed and scared me wide awake. I was told quite clearly I was to take 3DPS into healthcare and the world in a meaningful way and it would be a catalyst for making a real difference in the world. It’s taken me almost four years to get everything ready to follow the instructions of what I call Inner Wisdom. I’m now on a bit of a mission.

I am clear I am not running the universe. Having said that, I do feel the time has come for what I call The Great Gathering. This is the coming together of kindred spirits to do the transformational work the workplace and the world are crying out for. In this gathering, great synergies will be created. We are the ones we have been waiting for.


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The New Agreements for Leaders and 7 Tools comprise a  systems-based transformational model the rapidly improves front line systems in healthcare where care is actually provided. This transformation significantly improves quality of care, patient satisfaction, safety, and care provider satisfaction while dramatically lowering costs. This is the bottom/up, front line driven, systems-based transformation healthcare has been crying out for.