I’ve had the vision for Linchpin People in my mind for a few years. But I tend to have a hard time getting my ideas down in writing. So, many people at Linchpin People including business partners past, present, and perhaps future don’t always know what the vision is. That’s crazy and needs to change.
I really do have a vision even though it’s not written down. I can see most of it in my mind, and I can almost always talk with someone one-on-one to help them understand key aspects of my vision. But I have such a hard time spelling it all out in a single document all at once. I see the entire vision in my mind, and I see how each point on the vision connects to many other points to complete the vision. But often I do a pretty bad job of helping others see how one dot connects to another. So often what happens is that people understand points on the vision but don’t see how they connect together to form a complete vision.
I was talking with my wife Penny about this problem and the analogy that came to mind was a style of painting called pointillism.
Pointillism /ˈpɔɪntᵻlɪzəm/ is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. (wikipedia)
Here’s a classic scene from Ferris Bueller (he’s my hero) to help you get the point, or the picture. (The video is about 20 seconds).
Casting vision and getting buy-in from your team and partners is one of the primary jobs of a leader. I have to do a better job of helping folks understand my vision for Linchpin People and it has to be written down somewhere. But I seem incapable of writing it down all at once. So, I’m going to try something different. I’m going to paint the vision of Linchpin People one dot, or blog post at a time. Often the blog posts may not seem to tie together. But they do in my mind, and when I’ve written enough posts, I think the picture will emerge pointillism style.
I’ve talked to my friend and fellow Linchpin Stuart Ainsworth about this a few times. He thinks I should call these ramblings my Linchpin Manifesto. So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll tag all of the posts I think are points on the Linchpin People vision as #LinchpinManifesto hoping for a beautiful painting that will endure past my time at Linchpin.