How to build a linear process

A linear process is any process that results from linear thinking.  In its most basic form making a daily list is a linear process.  At the other end of the spectrum running a government would be an example of a linear process.

There is no shortage of information on how to build a linear process.  There is a mountain of textbooks on project management, leadership books, and training programs.  I decided the value I might add to the discussion is a brief description that describes the critical aspects of the process at a glance.  This becomes really useful when we go to compare it to the circular process.


        1. Define the goal in a specific and measurable way including a timeframe.
        2. Assemble the team and motivate them by instilling a clear picture of the challenge they are facing, the strategy that will be undertaken to overcome it, and the benefits of success.
        3. Develops a plan that identifies all the parameters that need to be addressed and breaks the challenges into manageable chunks including timelines, and cost estimates.
          1. Consider potential obstacles and develop contingency plans;
          2. Identify required skills, resources to do the job;
          3. Assign tasks to special teams.
        4. Hold regular meetings to get reports on how the plan is progressing, track measureable parameters to define progress. Ensure everyone is well focused and pushing towards the goal.
        5. Hold the space for individuals to work hard, fix mistakes, and overcome obstacles. Control the pressure, take responsibility for adherence to the plan, and preserve the integrity of the process through delivery of consequences and rewards where merited.
        6. Announce the successful achievement of the goal with report on the numbers that indicate the magnitude of the achievement and the sharing of the profits and benefits of success. Restock the stores, fine-tune safety practices, rest, etc.


This steps will be customized to the personality of each leader and the scope of the project.


Author: Kim Hudson

I enjoy the big picture. This has lead me to explore plate tectonics, the archetypal nature of human beings, or the trend behind a collection of seemingly unrelated moments. I began my working life as a geologist, working in male dominated exploration camps doing everything from dirt bagging to running drill programs. As a result, I'm fascinated with masculine-feminine thinking styles and how both exist in every person, to varying degree.I have also been a Federal Government Land Claims negotiator in the Yukon, and a consultant to First Nations on geologic and environmental issues. I eventually studied writing for film and television. I wrote my first book on the feminine counterpart to the hero archetype, which I give workshops on worldwide including at Raindance Film School in London. I draw upon my work with Western and Oral cultures for my current book The Arrow and the Ring: Activating the Power of Linear and Circular Thinking. I enjoy writing, speaking, workshops and think tanks to understanding the underling drivers and recognizing opportunities for co-creating new possibilities.

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