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The Cairn Method

Design an organization where people know and respect each other and have the know-how to get the job done. All it takes is a few cairns on your path to transformation.


Picture this: you’re out hiking with a map you studied carefully before you hit the trail. The route seemed clear before you started, but now, you’re not sure if you’re going the right way. 

Maybe you’ve come to a place where the path divides, and you’ve got a choice to make. You look at the map again and confusion sets in. You’re not at all sure which way to go.

Just on the verge of panicking, you notice a pile of rocks positioned next to a particular path, and you’re flooded with relief. This isn’t any ordinary pile of rocks. It’s a cairn built by someone who has gone before you: someone who has gotten to where you want to go.

Reflecting the unique perspective of whoever built them, cairns serve three purposes:

Mark the trail for the best path forward 

Clarify the better route when a path diverges

Draw attention to hidden obstacles or pitfalls 

The simplicity and practicality of cairns struck me so deeply, I named my business Cairn Consulting Solutions and built the People First methodology using The Cairn Method as its core. I appreciate how the right guiding structure is an organization's success – just as important as it is out on the trail.

The Cairn Method comprises four components:
Think, Say, Do, and Grow.

Like a cairn, the building blocks of The Cairn Method build upon the next to create enduring change and impact:

Think is your ability to assess before taking action. This needs to be sturdy to support the Say and Do

Say is an organization's system of communication. The way things are articulated has direct impact on behavior, so good communication is imperative to support the Do

Do is action, where the rubber hits the road. And if there's a smart strategy that's well articulated, that road is much smoother. 

Grow is the preverbal icing on the cairn that allows you to see even further ahead and move quickly in the direction you want to go. 

"The Cairn Method is a wonderful model! I learned that giving team members “the bigger picture” helps them be more engaged and focused in conversation and action. Bringing everything back to the mission of the organization delivers alignment, purpose, and motivation to continue certain action towards a goal."

Sarah Gerrish, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Faculty
Kuna Clinic Medical Director

Let's build something great together.

Connect with Amy for a complimentary strategy call to see how the Cairn Method can help you grow your people to grow your business.