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The Triple Level Triangle

  • Top leaders should focus on policy: overall principles that are meant to guide decision-making in the whole of the organization. These principles are often contingent [1] which is why only top leaders can take these decisions.
  • Mid-level leaders should focus on process: what happens in which functional team, and what gets delivered from one team to the other in order to guarantee good value for the end-client. Often the most important point here is to stabilize the interfaces between teams so that each can make optimizations internally without causing rupture in other people’s processes.
  • Frontline leaders and contributors should focus on procedure: with which steps, or exactly how, a team in a silo delivers the desired result, and in which timeline this is acceptable to deliver.

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VEDA Data Solutions

“Having skilled facilitators to plan the session and guide us through the process is key to ensuring the right topics are covered to create a successful path forward.”

DeeAnn Avina, Director of Personnel, VEDA Data Solutions
DeeAnn Avina
Director of Personnel, VEDA Data Solutions, Madison, WI


About Midstage Institute

We focus our practice on midstage startup companies that need to remain agile, and where what used to work for the smaller startup just isn’t as effective anymore.


We ensure founders and leadership teams win, with our over 40 years experience in venture-backed tech startups. We are Silicon Valley veterans with the scars and wins to prove it. We don’t use an inflexible off-the shelf methodology, we adapt best practices to you, your market, your company, and your leadership team.


We always:

  • Focus on right sized best practices to get to the next level
  • Focus on the 20% of effort that will yield you 80% of the benefits
  • Teach Perfection is the enemy, better is your partner and ally
  • Align with your business needs so you can thrive