At the start of the New Year, when anything seems possible I consulted the I Ching. Three coins are used participate in this 5,000 year old method of divination. My question was simply ’2011? ‘. Three coins are thrown six times to determine a hexagram and learn an answer.
My hexagram for 2011 is 7 Collective Force, according to R.L. Wing ‘s translation, it is sometimes translated as The Army. The idea of harnessing collective force is one with appeal, on offer is the opportunity to tap into the “energy of mass support”. It sounds like tapping into a band of united followers of some kind, and certainly evokes thoughts relating to followership.
The text for Collective Force is clear that this is not about leading in that the ‘support from the people around you’ must be gained. Also clear is the need for the confidence of ‘those in authority’, they would be the leaders. Collective Forces seems to call for a third group, much like Seth Godin’s linchpins, a group who are neither management nor labour.
Godin says that “The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen. “ That sounds like someone who can tap into a collective force. I can determine a harmony, in the ancient and the current texts, without effort.
I’m advised by the I Ching to be generous and accommodating which is interesting when marshalling a collective and imposing rule might be a more expected approach. Godin suggests dignity, humanity and generosity over the surrender implicit in conformity compliance and obedience. A ‘no sheep’ approach rooted in strong inner conviction is required by both the Tao and the Entrepreneur for the Information Age. I am not sure those two should be linked together quite so closely, and no disrespect is meant by doing so. On the lazy summer days of early January one thought leads to another …
I’m looking forward to 2011.