A great Zen Master once said ….
“We are all traveling in a big circle.
Does not matter much where on the circle you are.
What is important is that you keep moving.”
There are many ways to view movement. One way is through the lens of growth and development…..
THE GROWTH PROCESS:
Stage 1 – CONFUSION: What is the desired outcome? What is the challenge? What game are we playing? What is the objective?
If the cup is full there is no desire to grow. This is the awareness stage. What is not known is allowed to be included. Every journey starts with the first step. This is step one in the process. There may be several objectives that are identified that are in need of attention. It is best to start with one. Stage one is the process of confronting confusion with conscious awareness and resolving to engage with a positive, solution oriented and responsible approach and attitude.
Stage 2 – EXPLORATION: What are the components/functions involved? What must be accounted for? What are the ingredients? This is the brainstorming stage.
We have identified the game or ‘movie’ we have decided to play out. Now, we must equip ourselves with what is needed to play. When in brainstorming mode, it is important to cultivate an open and non judgmental mind set. Good practice is to list everything that is thought of and then go through and prioritize in order of importance.
Stage 3 – INCUBATION: What is our strategy? How are we going to play? What systems and procedures do we need to put in place? This is the creative step. We take our list of ingredients, component parts and functions we identified in stage 2 and create innovative, design oriented processes to get done what needs to get done. We create checks and balances and feedback loops.
It’s analogous to obtaining and mixing together all the ingredients needed to create a cake and putting it into the oven to bring it all together.
Stage 4: ILLUMINATION: Time to Implement. This is the Action step in the process. In the game analogy, this is play. This is the engagement stage. We are working the systems, procedures and training that we identified and created.
The seed that was planted in stage 1 blossoms.
Stage 5 – CELEBRATION: If there is growth then there is a result or outcome. This stage in the process is about managing outcomes. What do we do with them?
The fruit has manifested. Optimal outcome management celebrates this with enjoyment and appreciation.
The fruit contains the seed.
This is about giving back or sharing and going “back” to stage 1 to continue a new growth cycle.
I have created and discovered multiple perspectives of this five step process.
An important part of my philosophy involves the concept of restriction.
It is through the process of restriction that all things of value are birthed.
Think about the birth of a human being or the outcome of the energy that an accomplished athlete puts into the countless hours of working out and practice.
Every business flow or system should have restrictions built into it.
Without restriction the flow will bleed out quickly, the system will short circuit or burn out.