The Primes

Problem solving has a language of its own, and anyone can learn it.

There are patterns of behaviors that show up whenever groups of people gather together. These patterns are simple and consistent, unchanged by time or societal evolution.

Our Founder, Chris McGoff, compiled these into a book called The PRIMES: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem. Groups and leaders can use the PRIMES as a shared language to effectively communicate and solve problems.

Our approach includes empowering groups to take on transformation

The POWER PRIME is a framework that encompasses the steps to align groups and ultimately reach their outcomes. The three main components for groups to achieve POWER include:

1. Creating a Shared Perspective of the problem and opportunity

2. Developing a Shared Intent to realize common objectives

3. Establishing and executing Coordinated Action to achieve and measure results

Shared Perspective

Clear through the clutter for a common picture of the problem.

Stakeholders often think their perspective is the right one, and teams are lost in a sea of information not knowing how to make sense of it.

What’s needed is a shared perspective of the problem or opportunity. We help you create that common view so your team can move forward powerfully from the same point of view by aligning different perspectives and bringing the right information to the surface.

Shared Intent

Align your staff and key stakeholders around a common vision.

Once leaders understand the problem, key stakeholders still need to be aligned on where they need to go and how to get there. Fragmentation and conflicting agendas or priorities often inhibit progress. More importantly, team members do not understand what’s at stake if progress is not made.

We use the CORE PRIME to reach a shared intent by having five conversations around the AS IS, ENVIRONMENT, STAKE, TO BE, and STRATEGY. High performing teams have – and maintain – alignment on all five of these conversations.

Coordinated Action

Focus resources on the fewest, most important initiatives to achieve outcomes.

The weight of the status quo can cripple a major initiative. And large, overwhelming plans can seem impossible to tackle.

We enable you to reach and execute a coordinated action through a series of REDPOINTs (a project management tool) that include the fewest, most important initiatives required to reach your outcome. A project within a REDPOINT lasts between eight and twelve months and ends on a declared date that does not move. The shorter duration of a REDPOINT allows groups to build trust through incremental success. After achieving several quick wins, the momentum is in a group’s favor, and transformation becomes possible.