Is It Time to Ban the Organizational Chart?

One critical part of creating transparency and openness in your business is the realization that you can make your business any way you want to. And that includes banning the organizational chart.

In fact, if you take anything away from this article on designing the structure of your organization, let it be this: you have the whole world, your whole creative brain, the whole creative brain of everybody in your organization to do it your way.

The world is screaming for people to be creative with their process.

There are some things we have to do in business. We need to make money and we need to have a profit. We need to comply with certain laws and obligations. But other than that, the organizations people want to create (and work for) today are completely, uniquely theirs.

I want to show you a couple of tools that you can use which I call the Create The Company Structure of Your Dreams.

Before we get started, you should know that I absolutely hate org charts. The first time I sat down and looked at an org chart and then had to use and experience an org chart I thought I was going to shoot myself because it was such a linear representation with two dimensional square boxes. It was such a hierarchial way of looking at a business that I wanted to scream.

You know what a traditional organizational chart looks like, right? You see all these boxes and titles, lines: dotted and solid, who reports to whom, etc.

Now, to be fair traditional organizational charts do give us a little bit of an idea of what the inside of a organization looks like. But what if we scrapped that view of our organizations and went into something that was much better representation of what your organization is really like?

Let’s work with a different metaphor, one that I learned from my friend and mentor, Roger Alan.

Take an organic graph, such as one using the metaphor of a funnel. Then take all the things that feed into the funnel and show how they all interact with each other. This can show how a company really works.

When working with these metaphors and illustrations of their companies people come up with some amazingly original ideas that helps them to really have a sense of what is important, who was important, and what are the important relationships inside of the company.

This goes far beyond a simply org chart with people represented in boxes and titles. Creating your own org chart allows you to really create and implement your vision, noble cause, and your core values.

Think of the metaphor that works for your business and then create a picture of it.

Think about the roles that people have and how they interact with each other. Sure there’s the who reports to whom, but if you are creating a transparent and open company, it isn’t always a reporting to whom, it’s the relationships we have with each other. It’s the flow of work.

Lastly, think about how are you grouped and how are you linked together. And not just inside the company but with everything that interacts: customers, community, vendors, prospects, media, internet, information sources, financial sources, investors, bankers, family members. anyone or anything that significantly integrates with your company.

I invite you to start drawing your core values, vision, noble cause, and mission into the design of your business.

Don’t forget to be creative on where you put yourself!

I read a fabulous article the other day about a company who had stripped themselves of all titles. I love it, because it flattened their company and it made everybody feel more comfortable. It made everybody feel that leadership can happen at all levels. And the relationships that they were making internally, formally and informally, were powerful. I invite you to be as creative as you possibly can be. Never believe that you have to follow the rules that have come before you.

Candlestick Charting – The Number One Forex Trading Tool

Forex trading has been hugely impacted by the accessibility of the internet. Not only have financial institutions been able to get more accurate and up-to-date information, but the amateur forex trader has been able to access the same information with a few mouse clicks. It is therefore vital to use the best tools for the job and candlestick charting undoubtedly are one of the best tools available.

Candlestick charting was introduced initially by the Japanese within the rice industry, however, over the last couple of decades they have lit the imagination of forex traders all over the world and have almost become a universal standard. As someone once said “You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.” Candlestick charting is definitely the most powerful tool available today.

Structure of a Candlestick

It is true that candlestick charts hold the same information that bar charts do i.e. a high price, a low price and the opening and closing prices. The actual body of the candlestick shows the opening and closing prices. In the early days of candlestick charting, if the body was black then opening was higher than the closing. If it was empty then the opening price was lower than the closing. Nowadays candle bodies are coloured, green for upward movement and red for downward. The use of colours makes the charts much easier to read.

Candlesticks show high and low prices for a given time period by using vertical lines which appear above or below the candlestick body. These lines are also known as shadows

So what are the main features of candlestick charting that separate them from other charting methods? Listed below are the two main features.

Visual appeal

This is one of the most important features. At a glance, the trader can quickly understand what is going on within a particular forex market. No matter what the time scale being used, the trader will be able to see the market movement and whether it is the sellers of the buyers who have dominated a given session.

Readability

Any trader who has mastered the basics of candlestick charting will quickly be able to identify the opening and closing price for a given currency pair. Candlestick chart show the same information as a bar chart, but in a prettier, graphic format. It is very important to be able to use the support and resistance levels together with the opening and closing prices.

Other advantages of candlestick charting include the following:

  • Trading patterns change over time. That is why no system will always work. But candlestick patterns are not a system hence candlestick patterns always work.
  • Candlesticks get you into price action much earlier than the majority of indicators. This means that the traders using candlestick patterns can enter trades earlier than those traders relying on indicators.
  • Candlesticks are the fastest form of price prediction there is.
  • Candlestick trading is very reliable. Providing that the patterns are properly picked, and
  • the poor ones weeded out, the probability of success is extremely high.

Anyone who seriously investigates the use of candles will learn that there are many patterns and candlestick formations that provide very useful information for traders.

The forex market is extremely volatile so it is important to remember the words of Warren Buffet said “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.”

Mastering candlestick charting is undoubtedly one of the most important skills that a forex traders needs to possess. This single tool will do more than any other to improve success for those who put in the effort to learn how they work and implement them into your

Corporate Charting – Is a Personal Natal Wheel Valid After the Death of the Founder?

During astrological research last year on the USA as a country and all our presidents, a corporation charting method was adopted that had wider application than originally thought. It can be somewhat time consuming to do a thorough job using this method but is not difficult. The original application was for corporate charting work and could definitely turn out to be an advantage for anyone studying or doing corporate astrology. This technique stems from an older published article but I cannot locate that original article to give the author deserved credit. Apologies. For this article personal research for the corporate example given and references for adopting the technique with the presidential study will be given.

Using the research on the original article it was studied carefully examining the points the author made to verify each activation. The original example was accurate, valid and worked as presented. With a good database of corporate information available, another well-known corporation and its founder were selected that had ample dated events. The original article was used as an instruction manual to apply the theory. It was amazing how well the technique worked on the corporation and founder separately chosen, just as the author said it would.

As with much of my research, once curiosity is satisfied and learning is gleaned from the study, the material was put away. During the presidential research, this old technique came to mind. It had to be re-worked with minor adaptations for a country and presidency rather than founder and corporation, mostly re-labeling of the concepts. The technique worked amazingly well for our evolving country.

As astrologers when we want to view development in individuals we look at important events or milestones in the life of that individual. Dates such as marriage, divorce, accomplishment, accident, surgery, birth of children, or deaths of significant others in the life are examined. If we were doing such work for a non-human entity such as a corporation the dates used would be those of opening of a business, public offerings, stock splits, expansions or contractions, partnership, takeovers, mergers, and various failures or successes. The same is true of the development or milestones in the life of a country. All that is required is the re-labeling mentioned previously. The wheel of a country is the map of a collective of humans operating as one body, a humanity being so to speak. That humanity being’s progressions can show the needs and conditions of that ongoing process, a timeline of sorts.

The original article example was that of a Japanese corporation and its founder. The verifying research (for the validity of the technique) was Walt Disney and his entertainment conglomerate. The presidential research example was that of the USA Virgo Rising wheel and each of the 43 presidents that have held the office of president during our history (Grover Cleveland was president twice).

Whatever is born in a moment of time is imprinted with the energies available at that moment in time and that is true of all beginnings. A map can be cast and read for the intent and the potential and then progressing maps outline the unfolding experience. The two companies described were founded by individuals. They took on lives of their own distinct from their founder but were clearly connected to that founder as ongoing events could be simultaneously seen in both the company and the founder wheels.

A company founder will grow old and eventually die but the corporation as a child of the founder lives on. It may experience new management or ownership, but will continue its own independent life cycle. It was amazing that ongoing corporate events could be seen clearly in the founder’s wheel continuing after the founder’s death. This required suspension of prior judgment that had been based on ignorance of possibility. It also raises an interesting question: how do you continue to map a person who has already passed on? The answer is the same way you mapped that person while alive, no change in technique.

You could extend this concept to regular natal wheels and the relationship between parents and children as an example. Astrologically, a theory should hold up through various applications. Have you ever noticed that events in a spouse’s life can still show up in the other spouse’s wheel even when they are no longer together? You can have activations involving a mother figure even when the natural mother is no longer on this earth plane? Perhaps as a foster or adopted mother, a grandmother, an older woman friend or one who has been cast as an affectionate mother figure. How would you find this? Simply continue regular individual progressions past the portal we call death. Think about this, There is actual activity for a person past death such as funerals, estates, selling or other distribution of property, memorials. Look at what has happened since Michael Jackson’s death. His legacy lives on. The birth wheel of a deceased person is still a map that can illustrate that individual’s experience. Anyone interested in contributing to some research?

The USA as a country requires a slightly different reading. A country is the child of a group of minds such our Founding Fathers. They as a collective attended multiple meetings over a couple of years to formulate and to set into motion what we call our country. That would be similarly true of the formation of any other country. To repeat the concept, a group of people collectively form a governing entity. The USA was born in a moment of time. That entity, the country, takes on its own identity, intent, potential and has ongoing experience and it has its own sky map.

In the USA we elect a leader (president) to a four-year term. Occasionally circumstance and events shorten that term and an elevated, but not directly elected president may be inaugurated. From what I described earlier as an individual founding a corporation, we must make simple adjustments. A group of individuals founded the country and the country became an entity. This non-human entity has needs and requirements and attracts to itself a leader to fulfill those needs. In this adaptation, a comparison must be made between the country and the presidents inaugurated as temporary leaders of the country (eight years is our current maximum). Also, a corporation or a country should have a much longer life than an individual. In this instance the USA is 233 years old at this writing.

The universe is amazing. It provides us with maps of its patterns and continually changing energy and we have known how to read them for thousands of years. It takes a little training and skill to learn to construct and read those maps just as it takes training and skill for any other endeavor. To not use the maps the universe provided is silly, but humanity gets stuck in fear and superstition continually. We fear what we do not understand and we negate anyone else’s efforts relative to what we individually fear. And so, over the centuries, a few brave souls maintained the knowledge and educated succeeding generations. Still all were subject to the fears and superstitions of those who did not possess the skill. Remember the old sayings about if we were meant to fly we would have wings? It took much time and experiment but it did happen. We fly. Flying is neither evil nor demonic it is actually quite convenient. We are now working hard on flying even further into space. The universe is a continually changing map and we are developing the skills to read that map.

As mentioned, the example for the experiment was Walt Disney and his incredible entertainment conglomerate. The conglomerate’s ongoing activity is clearly reflected in the progression of its founder while he was alive and continued past his death. Could it be done? Yes. Does it work? Yes. This comparison was one of the methods adopted for the much larger presidential research. This specific technique could not be simpler, but it does take a little time and effort to do research. It uses standard progressions. Using the Walt Disney research example…

· Set Walt Disney’s personal wheel and the wheel for the beginning of his business.

· Set every chart (natal) that materially affected the company, such as the incorporation, IPO and re-incorporation to name a few.

· Progress Walt Disney’s wheel to each event date to see the connection between his personal energy and corporate events during his living years. Compare progressed to natal and progressed to progressed.

· Progress the Disney business wheel to each important event. Compare progressed to natal and progressed to progressed on each important wheel. All of these charts should be and were connected to each other through close activations.

· Walt Disney did pass on, but his chart remained alive; his wheel continued to work even after his death. Progress his natal wheel as if he were still alive and compare it to the business wheel and the other important wheels for new events that substantially affect the company and its survival.

· Cast new natal wheels as important corporate events make it necessary and incorporate them into the progression procedure.

· There should be connections between the natals, progressed to natals and progressed to progressed for whatever date is applicable. You will find that it did not matter that Walt Disney was no longer on this Earth plane.

Once you have worked your way through this practice project, do the same procedure with corporations and their founders in which you are interested and can access the birth information and activity dates. This technique was employed in the presidential research with the adaptations mentioned and this technique does work well.

For astrologers who want to check out this method, the basic Disney data used for that long ago research is provided below. There are many new Disney dates that can additionally be used. There may be newer or more valid information than what was originally gathered, but this is the data used for that research so many moons ago. Enjoy!

Database:

· Birth of Walt Disney: Dec 5, 1901, 12:35 AM CST, Chicago, Illinois
· Date of Death: Dec 15, 1966
· Mickey Mouse: created in 1928 for a silent cartoon entitled “Plane Crazy” that never debuted
· “Steam Boat Willie”, the first-ever sound cartoon premiered Colony Theatre, New York City, NY, Nov 18, 1928
· “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 21, 1932
· Walt Disney Company Dec 16, 1929. Hollywood, CA, noonmark
· Walt Disney Company incorporation Sep 30, 1938, Sacramento, CA, noonmark
· Opening of Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Jul 13, 1955, 1:35 PM PDT, Anaheim, CA
· IPO Disney Nov 12, 1957, 10:00 am EST, New York, NY
· Opening of Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL Oct 1, 1971
· Ray Merriman DIS business chart Feb 19, 1987, Wilmington, DE
· Opening of Epcot Center, Orlando, FL on Oct 1, 1982
· Re-Incorporation Disney Jul 28, 1995, 3:45 PM EDT, Dover, DE