Tomorrow arrives all too soon. The time for Renewal is upon you. The message is clear: revivolute now! However, revivolute
to what? What will the new organization -- or the new you -- look
like? Stand for? Do? What products and services will you/it market?
To whom? How? Deciding to revivolute is the first step, but only
the first step. It's a long way between deciding to renew and
Deciding to step up to the line and become a responsibility-taking
Phoenix Leader is a giant second step along the highway to the future. It gets
you to the starting gate. But, the race hasn't started yet. Notice,
though, that the crowd of runners has thinned considerably. There's
lots of wannabes in the stands, people who "want to be" successful,
but haven't taken the responsibility to be a Phoenix leader and
get down on the field and spend all those early morning training
hours. Look closer, though, this race to the future will not be
a cake walk. There are a number of strong contenders. Besides,
the track may shift and the rules may change without notice. You
have your work cut out for you. The Pyramid is the tool to help
The Pyramid: A Practical Template For The Future
Travel out of Cairo on the hot and dusty road to the south and
there, arising like majestic mirages in the desert, stand the
pyramids, built of millions of individual blocks that fit smoothly
together with a mathematical exactitude that amazes our most advanced
mathematicians. Those blocks have stood on that ground for thousands
of years. During those millennia, great empires rose and fell,
great armies marched by, plundering thieves carved passageways
into them in search of royal treasures, desert storms raged. The
pyramids prevailed through it all.
The Power of the Pyramid: Perfect Alignment and Integration
The pyramid's strength lies in the perfect alignment and integration
of all its components. In the pyramid every stone supports all
the other stones. Like a protractor in architecture, the Pyramid
lays the lines and angles necessary to create future success for
yourself and all those with whom you are interconnected. The Pyramid
also helps you create focus. It beats drifting along in a vision-less
half-pursuit of the Next Big Thing.
The Stones For The Future
The Pyramid helps us think systematically about the future we
want to create and integrate all of the essential ingredients
of that future together. It all begins with vision, a raison d'être
Vision is the 30,000-foot beacon, illuminating
where you are going, what you want to be, to create in your future.
From that visionary direction springs a mission of what you must
do to realize the vision.
Mission is the 10,000-foot binoculars
that focuses you on what and how you will deliver to whom. Vision
is a desired state. Mission is how you'll get there. Then there
Values are the 10,000-foot compass that guides your
everyday behavior as you strive to create the vision and mission.
They establish standards of right and wrong. They are the common
bond that shape all personal interactions.
The Pyramid begins with vision, mission, and values. These enduring
convictions define and characterize us. They suggest the ringing
words in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths
to be self evident...". They serve as beacons, binoculars and
compasses on our trip to tomorrow. But, fine words alone will
not create a success. Vision is no solution, everything is execution.
Translate the inspiring words of the vision, mission and values
into concrete actions by laying the more detailed stones that
Synchronized vision, mission, and values establish the context
for your goals, strategies, objectives, measures and rewards.
You establish 1,000-foot goals
that specify the intermediate milestones
and strategies that are the 1,000-foot roads we follow
on your climb towards your vision.
Then you establish objectives,
measures and rewards (the disciplined management system) that
are the 10 foot to 1 inch steps you take to travel down the strategic
road map towards the intermediate goals and eventually on to the
vision and mission.
Business processes are the 2x4 and 2x12 framing
you build to facilitate the execution of the other
Finally, information and communications infrastructures are the
wiring that ties all the interconnected folks together and enables
the Phoenix to soar.
The Phoenix Pyramid: Renewal That Creates Stability
Why a pyramid? An ancient mosaic found in a Middle Eastern temple
shows the mythical Phoenix bird perched upon a stone pyramid.
The ancient picture of the phoenix perched on the pyramid illustrates
the linking of two great archetypes: the endlessly renewing Phoenix
and the perfectly engineered and aligned pyramid. As the Phoenix
Renews itself, using the tools of Line Of Sight and Learning, it creates a new future by constructing a perfectly aligned
and integrated Pyramid that forms the base from which it can soar
and leave its Legacy. The Phoenix builds the Pyramid of its future life and then uses
it as its home "air port." The Pyramid helps us all constantly
renew and create new futures for ourselves and the organizations
with which we are associated.
The Phoenix Leader steps up to the line and takes responsibility for leading her/his
connected people in the creation of the Pyramid, the solid base
for future success. It's not easy. It takes lots of hard work.
Are you ready to begin? Take the first steps by completing the
following Phoenix Workshop.
Use the following form to have Jim Belasco and Jerre Stead help you internalize these principles.