The Genius Matrix
In this second installment of the Grand Convergence exposition, I introduce a construct honed in my work on the COACH Method. The Genius Matrix is a simple table based on your GamePlanTM. It lists your 3 areas of expertise heading the first three columns. In a row below each area of expertise, you list concepts or sub-categories that correspond with the major area. A fourth column holds your major projects–the products that result from exercise of your expertise. Underneath, you list the items you need along with their costs. The idea is to systematically obtain these items, develop your expertise, and produce products.
Effecting the Convergence
You have genius. Genius is more than just a simple calculation of intelligence. It is involves learning and self-development. Learning as function of license resulting from passion and comfort with uncertainty. Self-development is character as a function of fit resulting from comfort with an identified social role bolstered by coaching and positive competition. [More on these definitions is available in Wright’s 12 Education Theses: Ask for it.] Your genius needs identification, production, investment, and systematic development. This is the grand convergence.
1. Identify Your Genius. It begins with your interests. Determine what it is that you find yourself thinking about day-to-day. Next, is determining your primary drive. It is the basis of your intrinsic motivations. These two, added to competence–a continual seeking after and integration of new knowledge–develops into expertise.
This step is critical because convergence is predicated on the idea of YOU. You have multiple, seemingly varied, interests. But, it is a mistake to think that they are all over the place. Identifying your genius is identifying the common thread among your interests. Your interests always center in what you find as your gift–your most fundamental and easy-for-you skill. You want to do many things because this skill is key to each one. It is not the thing that you are keen on doing, it is the performance of the skill that attracts you.
The secret is accepting your weakness. When you accept that you do not know something, you are able to identify a need to learn. As you learn, you reduce the anxiety and fear that was supported by your uncertainty. The more weaknesses you identify, the more learning you can chart, and the greater your expertise develops.
2. Produce. Once you have expertise, you must attach it to a product. The product could be a novel invention, or it could be one of the typical media products: book, CD-ROM,website, or video. Sustained learning is demonstrated AND reinforced by producing something tangible.
3. Invest. Create the list of the items, mechanisms, and relationships you need in order to sustainably produce. Attach costs to the list items. This now forms the basis of your fundraising efforts. You may not have all the resources you need right now. In the same way you do not have all the knowledge that you need right now. This list will help you focus on the resource needs you have. When someone asks if you need anything, you are able to provide them with a definitive and informed answer based on this list.
4. Develop. Development begins with a plan. That’s what makes it systematic. You cannot always map out the “how it will happen,” but you can set goals and detail what each milestone makes possible. You know what the vision is for 5 years. Consider what you must have accomplished in 3 years to have a chance at the 5 year goal. Consider what you have to do in the next 12 months in order to have a chance at achieving the 3 year goals. Now, consider your next step. Get that step done.
When you begin to anticipate the convergence, it all begins to come together. You can rekindle your fire realizing that your dream can be overwhelming and threatening, but it can also purify and signal a period of new growth. Your next step is to produce your Genius Matrix. Get that done. If you need help, you know where to find me.