Monday, November 12, 2012

PIE Logo Impressions ...

After the creation of the PIE frameworks concept that uses the fingers to represent the various hats of the Entrepreneurial Productive Innovative Engine (PIE), I have been surprised how many hand graphics I have run across that triggered thinking of PIE.  Below is a collage that captures several of these ideas.   All of these can relate to PIE Team Players striving to achieve excellence.   
One of the first was the Guilford County Schools (GCS) presentation by Mo Green that showed a graphic on screen with up lifted hands stressing "Achieving Educational Excellence".  Our local Southeast Guilford Community Association uses uplifted hands reaching for the stars and the Southeast Guilford Foundation uses an arm outstretched picking a star. 

Clockwise from the left top we have  TEDx Greensboro, Hands Tree from Southeast Baptist preschool wall, above PIE Team Players, GCS Achieving Education Excellence, Praying Hands representing the Rudder for Future Economy, Southeast Guilford Community Foundation, Guilford Education Alliance Tree of Hands from 2012 Education Summit brochure, Southeast Guilford Community Association, Center Students raising hands with answers.

More Logos are shown in the graphic below.  Clockwise Hands locked as lifting seat, VentuRealization Community, Neon sign, PIE hands, Google fingers, Like hand, Bear Paw, Bye (stop) hand, Two Fingers people.  It is amazing where you see hand or fingers that trigger PIE thoughts.

I encourage you to look for other illustrations that could be related to PIE hand fingers.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rudder for Future Economy ….

Our economy has been experiencing a rambling path similar to the one that the Bismarck ship experienced during WW-II when a torpedo disabled the steering mechanism.
 This blog expands on previous thinking of the Entrepreneurial Productive Innovative Engine (PIE) Framework to include the concept of the hands of the PIE team clasped together  as a rudder for steering the future economy.
Tonight, while attending a spiritual worship service at Southeast Baptist in Greensboro, Chris Thorpe shared a profound concept related to our spiritual life.  He illustrated it by showing two hands clasped in a prayer mode, which he expressed was the rudder that steers our spiritual life.

The worship service was the celebration of a weekend of “Let’s Do Something” where the members were out in the community working on three resident’s houses needing repairs and maintenance work, collecting electronic equipment for recycling, conducting a church reverse (no pay i.e. Free) yard sale, making crafts for nursing home and hosting flu shots.  It was a great weekend!

Building on the concept of PIE, when the two hands are brought together one representing the six team hats and the white glove for quality can be thought of as a rudder that steers the economy by creating new products, services, solutions, experiences that in turn create new jobs.  This corresponds to the diamond at the top of the workforce triangle which is defined by some as the creative work.  It is not too far of a stretch to visualize the diamond part as the rudder of the workforce triangle that drives the economy.

Left is a graphic from the back of my business card illustrating the PIE framework.  It shows  metaphors representing various views of the PIE Framework.

Taking our thinking into another dimension of swimmers clasping their hands as they dive into the water, we see this as a way to break the water for a smooth transition and as a steering aid toward the direction desired.   
Hopefully this concept of PIE as the rudder for the economy will take root and influence thinking that will steer our future economy into positive waters and destinations.