Tieman 'Skipper' Dippel

About Tieman H. “Skipper” Dippel Jr.

Recognized globally as the premier thought-leader on Enlightened Conservatism, and The Language of Conscience, Tieman H. (Skipper) Dippel, Jr. is one of the most sought after consultant minds by world leaders and policy makers. He is also one the most recognized voices, leading the forefront of family values and ethics throughout government agencies and corporations. His message of the power of morality and the impact of personal dignity can transform individuals, communities, companies, and nations.

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What's in a name? In Brenham, Texas, names still follow the older Southern tradition of having a nickname of familiarity as opposed to formality.   "Skipper"  received his nickname from his Sister in youth and it has almost become the greeting of all that know him.  However, his entire family family has followed the same "nicknaming" tradition with Katherine, Margaret, Tieman III, and Elizabeth being known by "Kitty", "Meg", "Tee", and "Buffy, later Beth".  

 

"The process of naming, or being named can follow many paths," says Dippel. "It can be cute mispronunciation of a sibling, or gesture of creativity. These nicknames are given. And, then, there are other nicknames that are earned." 

 

Skipper's father, Tieman, Sr. was always known as "Dip" socially, but had another nickname applied to him professionally--a nickname he earned as a Sheriff  by several Texas Rangers.   They called him 'The Peacemaker"  not only because of his large size and physical abilities, but his intense belief that law enforcement was to serve the community and be looked upon as a friend not an intimidation.  His beliefs were codified in the "Texas Peacemaker Award" given by the Texas Sheriff's Association in his honor.   

 

In that same respect and tradition, "Skipper" is probably best understood by a nickname given him, in part, by the Texas Legislature in 2003 when in a Resolution (H.R.C. No 276) appreciation was shown for his efforts to build Texas and its values through his writings and actions.   In it, they officially named him as " Texas Prophet of Conscience".  The Resolution was unique in part because the Co-Sponsors included the then current Republican Speaker of the House and his Democratic predecessor--two individuals who were known to have spirited disagreements with oneanother found an avenue of agreement.  This resolution helped define Skipper better than other names what he passionately believed. And, over time, the name became slightly different in that he was often introduced at events as the "Prophet of the Language of Conscience" since what he promotes is a different way of thinking.  Skipper does not try to judge things as good or bad, but as of conscience or convenience because they are more definable terms.  He looks to the right questions more than answers with a systematic approach that often looks not at conscience vs. convenience, but of the more significant choices of conscience vs. higher conscience that are often the real issues.

 

"It's typically a thought process or a way of thinking that needs change," he says. "Texas, for example, has a rich history of politics. Other cultures have rich histories of traditions. Individual families have rich histories of perspective and experience. But, so does every state, and every culture, and every family across the globe. It’s that history provides us all with a framework from which we can learn. That history offers us wisdom. The problem is, no one is looking for wisdom anymore. If we learn to apply wisdom, we can then apply change."

Dippel speaks with a clear Texas accent that amplifies his polite nature. And, although he has an impressive knack for dialogue (with a depth that can send any mind into whirlwind of “Aha” moments), it’s obvious in any conversation that Skipper’s strongest asset is listening with intention—he shows a level of concern, compassion, trust, respect, and interest for everyone in the room.

Regarded as one of the world’s premier political philosophers, Skipper says that the first thing we all need to understand is the difference between knowledge and wisdom. “Anyone can accumulate knowledge,” he says.  “Wisdom is having the ability to know what to do with that knowledge in the context of the future—this includes values, it includes simple right and wrong, and it includes understanding the critical nature of constant change. I, for example, don’t possess wisdom without looking at the world through the eyes of my father, just as he looked through the lens of my grandfather. Extend that concept into corporations and governments. Extend it out into the world—the realization that each day we face brand new challenges and changes with brand new knowledge. But we need the wisdom from the past to lead us into the future. It gives us perspective.”

This concept of wisdom is the focus of Skipper’s latest book, The Wisdom of Generations. It’s the sixth book of a series titled The Language of Conscience Evolution that he began writing nearly 30 years ago.

“Books have beginnings and ends,” says Skipper. “The Language of Conscience Evolution is a concept. It’s a way of thinking that leverages our history and the wisdom from generations before us to help us better understand the world we’re in today and how we should respond in the present and future. Tomorrow’s history is happening today. So , the series must continue to evolve. This concept focuses on what are often common values in diverse cultures, which means they can help unify. Self interest always divides. ”

For serious minded readers, The Language of Conscience Evolution, including The Wisdom of Generations has received ample applause from world leaders, and the thinking within the books has created a demand for Skipper to sit amongst many of the world’s leaders—to explain his concepts which are centered on the interplay of economics, politics, and particularly culture, which sets the tone of society.

“I’ve been called a consultant,” Skipper says with a chuckle. “People struggle sometimes that I’m not communicating a message that sits on one side of the isle or the other, or one side of the globe or the other. But,  the message is not about proving one group right and another group wrong. Right and wrong can be judged differently by societies. That's not the case when you compare conscience against convenience. Do you care for others and the future? Or, do you only care about yourself in the present day? These are questions that offer clarity in judgement.”

Skipper paused when he spoke those words—an uncommon circumstance when he excited.

“…it’s a bridge. Wisdom comes from the generations before us. It’s the values of family, the teachings from our parents of right and wrong, the support, knowledge and experience we gain from a community. It’s living via conscience rather than convenience. That’s wisdom. It’s the bridge to how we need to think, and it will lead us to where we need to be.”

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