May 13, 2005
Vol. 2, No. 19

Published Weekly on Fridays
By Leadership University

A Note from the Founder – Mike R. Jay, Master
Business Coach

Leadership & the Spiral

Remember last week when we discussed Leadership:
Syntax & Semantics?

This week follows the same train of thinking and

Imagine a spiral. You see, I’ve just created
syntax. The meaning is up to you? Or is it?

Actually, when you realize it, it’s up to the
person communicating to make sure the syntax is
actionable in the manner the communicator/leader
wishes action to be understood. In other words, if
people don’t understand, it’s not their fault;
it’s yours as the leader!

Most leaders won’t like this idea too much.

Back to the spiral.

A spiral evokes a circular path, thing or motion
that doesn’t connect itself and often either gets
bigger, or gets smaller, depending on how you look
at it.

Imagine that in development, people grow in a
spiral in terms of how the world changes over the
course of their experience or lifetime.

Then, assume that what most developmentalists
agree on is that people and life “grows” or
evolves along a spiral, often starting small and
then getting bigger as life goes on. The bigness
can be increases in the number of variables one
can work with, the alternatives one can consider,
the number of relationships we have, or even the
amount of thinking we can do based on study and

Now, let’s go back and grab the syntax and
semantics we discussed last week: syntax and

If we assume that at different levels of
sophistication people have different syntax and
semantics, then not only is our work cut out for
us, a whole world of opportunity is opened.
Instead of a single stratum of development, we see
multiple stratums, each of them holding a
different syntactical and semantical environment.
People could be classified as “different” on the
spiral because they hold to different syntax and
different semantics.

Let’s assume for the sake of this discussion that
is more true than not: people are different, they
use different syntax (words and actions) and have
different semantics (ways of making meaning—you
might even go so far as to say, ways of knowing).

Now, we’ve come from a syntax that might be
considered a general one, to a differentiated idea
of syntax and the same with meaning, or
differentiated semantics.

In next week’s news, I’ll write about how to begin
to use these constructs of differentiated syntax
and how differentiated semantics applies to
creating efficiency, effectiveness and sustainable

From the desk of Mike R. Jay, Master Business

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