From the Archives...
What Does a Transition Manager Do?
[Matt Taylor's Journal
pages 493, January
1, 1982, ]
Jim Channon worked with MG Taylor
in the early 1980's when the operation was located in Boulder,
Colorado (we now have a new center in Boulder that just opened, and it feels like coming
home for some of us oldtimers!) I was introduced to Jim's work
when I was with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1983. Jim had
published several documents on evolutionary tactics, including
one of his own vision for repositioning the military, called
"The First Earth Battalion."
He and Matt had related styles of
mixing graphics and text into individual and collective cohesive
compositions that intrigued me. I began to copy their styles in
my own Journals before I met either of them. In 1984 I had an occasion
to work with Jim Channon for a few hours, and saw him only once
since then. Both he and Matt have a wonderful ability to listen,
draw, write and synthesize. Jim currently resides in Hawaii where
he continues to help clients of many kinds to see and understand
the richness of their visions.
The following document is a
reconstruction of one that appears as an entry taped into Matt's
personal Journal. The images and handwriting in the original are
all Jim's but I suspect that they are the result of a
collaborative session between at least Matt and Jim sometime in
1981. The document introduces five realms of the Transition
- systems analyst,
- operations engineer,
- and complex systems imagineer.
a systems analyst he maps what's going on now
||as an artist
he can see what has not yet been and make a clear picture
a futurist, he knows what's possible
operations type he can then sequence the necessary steps
to get to the visualized state
as a complex systems imagineer he can combine all of
these models into one comprehensive projection over time
copyright © 1997, MG Taylor Corporation.
All rights reserved
terms and conditions