Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who was credited with saying,“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world. ” This led to the concept of "The Archimedean Point" which is defined as "a hypothetical vantage point from which an observer can objectively perceive the subject of inquiry, with a view of totality."
This is what I believe my Vistage groups do for my members. I believe our monthly meetings are their Archimedean Point because they can:
- gain distance from their challenges and opportunities so they can see them objectively
- ask questions of others to gain perspective from other subject matter experts and leaders
- be challenged in a positive manner and be asked questions that expand their point of view
- be safe, but not comfortable, as they evaluate their thinking and decisions among a group of peers who care about their success
- be held accountable for their action plans to ensure they "do what they say they will do"
In addition, this is what I try to do for each of them as well. That is why I:
- challenge them as to the "what" and "why" of their plans (we try to stay out of the "who" and "how")
- send them interesting articles that might provide them with a different p.o.v. or idea about a particular issue they are facing or maybe something completely unrelated that stretches them in a different direction
- connect them with other interesting folks who I think they will click with and the result is often stimulating and action-oriented conversations that turn into relationships and wins for all involved
- send out a weekly newsletter called The Archimedean Point that includes a mix of eclectic, thought-provoking, and interesting articles that I've found
So my suggestion, or maybe a better word is plea, to you is to find your own Archimedean Point so you can have your very own vantage point from which you can objectively perceive the subject of your inquiry, with a view of totality.
I believe that leaders need both space and safety to do their best work and if you don't have both, create them for yourself...or give me a call!