Atoms & Orchestras:  The Case for Standards-Based Management

My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity – Malcolm X

“The Center’s simple tools and careful facilitation got us moving. We’d been trying to do too much. Our first Projects Summary showed we’d overcommitted ourselves. Our new 1-page Goal Tree clarified priorities and unlocked energy to focus on the big picture.”

Bob Wahlin, President, Stoughton Trailers

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An in-depth exploration of how to brainstorm, prioritize, and distill hundreds of thoughtful questions into a one-page Goal Tree.  It’s a jargon-free revolution against the inefficient, ineffective, and frustrating tyranny of “strategic planning.”

Written for the executive responsible for a 50-year decision, this book provides a logical structure for linking management goals to the physical workplace–and for producing sustainable projects and a winning business case.


Derrick Van Mell has spoken about Standards-Based Management to associations and corporations across the US and in Asia and Europe.