Did you know that I’m a math nerd? I’m no wonk, but I went pretty far in my studies before flipping out (number theory). I never really appreciated my mathematics intuition as a kid, but as a grownup, the knack has helped me shortcut a great many problems (money management, mapmaking, making interdisciplinary leaps: carrying capacity equilibrium can be expressed as a formula!).
So it will then come as no surprise that the way I order my aspirational list of corporate values is as a set of rotating circular pentagonal intersecting sets. Okay, okay: it’s still a surprise.* Just think of it like a Spirograph. If you rotate a sequence of circles around another circle and you get a Spirograph. I rotated five circles around a central circle and dropped the outermost edge. Then I assigned a shortlist of related principles to each section. The outermost principles intersect to generate the interior principles (e.g. Integrity ∩ Arete = Accomplishment). I had a tiered values list sketched out in my head but I thought, I bet I can represent this idea in a way that indirectly calls on the lotus characterization of the noble eightfold path. I was probably also inspired by Indexed.
Here goes. You can click on the image below to pop up a larger version.
First tier principles:
- Accomplishment = Integrity ∩ Arete
- Vision = Arete ∩ Sustainability
- Diversity = Sustainability ∩ Family
- Creativity³ = Family ∩ Wisdom
- Fit Judgment⁴ = Wisdom ∩ Integrity
Third tier principles:
- Passion = Integrity ∩ Arete ∩ Sustainability
- Optimism = Arete ∩ Sustainability ∩ Family
- Stewardship = Sustainability ∩ Family ∩ Wisdom
- Agility = Family ∩ Wisdom ∩ Integrity
- Transparency˚˚ = Wisdom ∩ Integrity ∩ Arete
˚˚ For all the harping I do on honesty, I didn't include it in the fifteen principles. Transparency under the auspice of Integrity necessarily assumes and includes honesty as a core value. There's actually quite a lot of that going on in the diagram. I wrote out more than five dozen candidates for inclusion. Many were eliminated after being subsumed by the relational implications of the fifteen finalist principles.
¹ There seems to be no consensus on whether it is pentalateral or pentilateral. Google shows more hits for the former, so that's what I went with. In the off chance anyone cares.
² I mean "family" in the sense of a close-knit unit that shares a common goal and endeavors to protect one another. I do mean to also imply the weathering of various minor snits.
³ This is the only one that I think is patently unintuitive. Thoughts?
⁴I do not like the phrase “fit judgment” but have yet to settle on a suitable synonym.