Pyramid of Power

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 20, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

You’ve heard of the pyramids in Egypt, but you most likely haven’t heard of the ‘Pyramid of Power’.

This pyramid has a unique purpose–to give your life power.

In Kim Pawlak’s article “Manage your goals with use of ‘Pyramid of Power’”, (TAA), she highlights work done by Susan Robison, a psychologist and faculty development consultant with Professor DeStressor, who created the pyramid.

The “Pyramid of Power” is a pyramid-shaped goal-setting model. Robison says that we have goals that are “floating around in the air”, not anchored to anything. The pyramid reverses that and anchors our goals.

Four Elements

Pyramid of Power has four elements, they are from bottom to top: Purpose Statement, Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Goals.

First, is the Purpose Statement, which is your philosophical belief. This does not change much in your lifetime. Some people can devise a statement in minutes, while others might take a year. No matter how long it takes, that’s fine. Here’s an example of a Purpose Statement: “I am a bridge connecting ideas and people for the greater good.”

Second, is the Mission Statement, which can change every 3-5 years, for students, even sooner. Your statement answers the question, “If I am here for this purpose, what shall I do about it?” Knowing your strengths, your values and who you intend to use those with, is necessary. It might look like this: My mission is to ____(verb)______, that are my strengths, for, to, or with ____(people)______ who want ______(value)__________.

Next, is the Vision Statement, which is the outcome of your mission. She gives an example to get at your vision: “The phone rings five years from now. You’ve been waiting a long time for this very special call. Who is it and what do you want them to ask you?” Is it a publisher offering you a book deal? Or have you won the Nobel award?

Lastly, your Goals are at the top of the Pyramid of Power. These goals represent what you’ve done to make your vision come alive, since you know your mission and have a grasp of your purpose.

Robison concludes that there are three types of procrastination: constructive, creative and destructive, when it comes to reaching our goals. Constructive procrastination is doing what you value most. Creative is when you delegate what you’d rather not be doing to free you up for what is a higher-level activity. And of course, destructive procrastination holds us back from actually accomplishing anything.

Build your own “Pyramid of Power” today!

©2009 Judy Anne Cavey, who resides in the S.F. Bay Area of California, is a credentialed, certified, higher education instructor who taught Work Experience/Cooperative Education and ESL at three community colleges. She is also a freelance writer and grant writer currently authoring a textbook, has designed other learning programs, and worked with several nonprofits. Her Edublog, “Work Experience”, is a not-for-profit endeavor designed to assist job seekers of all ages.