I picked up another high-mode, underemployed potential client. My initial rough on our talk was Str 5 – 6. He gave me enough to go after 6 with his clever use of “and” between abstract concepts to name his plan. He’s 33. I just cannot fathom why Jaques believed that high-mode people are that hard to find. I can spit and hit a mode 8. No wonder I was undercoding interviews: everyone around me is 5 or above. My second string is 4H or 5L.
Right now I’m more or less pulling a net full of Str5 and Str6 30-somethings behind me. It’s odd to have so many high mode people easily accessible when they’re supposed to be so hard to find. And it’s more than a bit disconcerting to coach them into better work. Who am I to be telling a Str6 33-year old how to manage his career?
Perhaps America simply has an overload of high-mode GenXers. Jaques talks about periods of improbable gatherings of high-mode people that can enable a culture to move to a new level. Perhaps this large percentage of my network being high-mode represents such a time. Why they would be so underemployed, of course, is puzzling. All of them are. It’s like the corporations of America are littered with high-mode people in the lower ranks. And I can’t figure out why. Is it because the meritocracy that is developing, where the smart people on the whole really do make more money? Does it have something to do with the poor CEO choices that American boards have made over the past thirty years, as reflected in Mark Van Clieaf’s research? If CEOs are Str6 and below, even for very large firms, wouldn’t that mean almost no chance for advancement for someone who is Str5 at 29?
If you are 33, Str6 and driven by Fair Play, who will hire you? For all the high-mode thirty-somethings that I know, I know of no Str7 people inside America. They may exist, but I can’t say that I’ve ever met one. People I know abroad don’t count. The only hope I can see is that if Jaques has the wrong numbers at 30-40 years, then a larger number of Str7 Americans have to exist. However, if I’m right that it is a generational phenomenom, then these folks are all on their own. Which they have been all their life anyway, so it’s nothing new.
If I wanted to, I could probably take over a large part of the powerbase in the world with these men and women. Or at least pull a Cecil Rhodes and determine history for the next 100 years or so. I do need a hobby and that would provide me with endless entertainment. I have always wanted to leave a legacy that outlasted a millenium, which I suppose takes more work when you start at the front end. A thousand years seems like a long time until you think back and realise that many world conflicts today were already well entrenched by 1005 AD. Not many civilisations lasted 1,000 years of history so I had best look at something meta to that. Or subversive to that.
So here’s a question: what would you do with ten StrV and VI folks under thirty-five? Taking over the world is fair game but you have to explain it.