Two of the most powerful things in the world are position and perspective. A highly skilled old friend who travels the world all the time came up to me today to show me the screen of his iPhone. On it was one of my recent posts proclaiming that:
1. Ideas rock the world. 2. Relationships rule the world.
My advice was that we embrace and use these two truths well. My friend, who works with one of the world's biggest and best known companies, said, "I'm going to send this one to the CEO. We're in a position right now to change the world, but without these two insights and their careful implementation, it'll never happen."
There's great power in being well positioned to do something huge, vital, and good. But without the proper perspective on your placement, on what's important, and on the best purpose guided plan to get you to the next level, the leverage of position evaporates, and the world is left without the positive impact that you were well placed to make.
Position can encompass your role, or status, in a company, your company's network in the world, or a culmination of any individual's talents, skills, past successes and current regard. I mean it here in the most general and universal sense of positive placement. You've worked hard to position yourself to do something important. You now need the proper perspective on what comes next - on what to do and how to do it in order to make the most of your overall resources.
So, it looks like what we've got here is another non-trivial alliterative template for making great things happen:
Position and Perspective.
And to parse out what position and perspective have to involve, we get the fuller list:
Position, Perspective, People, Purpose, and a Plan.
What's the connection between this and my previous post? Every position involves relationships, and every positive perspective involves ideas, as well as the people without whose passion those ideas will never get implemented at the highest level.
Without ideas that rock and relationships that rule, the power of position alone is lost. The needed perspective always involves appropriating great ideas, and appreciating great people.
That's the recipe for cooking up something great. And, hey, maybe changing the world.