Many do not utilize 50,000 ft. as a tool, that is my impression from lurking this site over the years. Many seem murky about how to begin applying it, or why it even matters- the idea of highest level planning just seems like philosophical blah, blah to many people (as many as 2/3s of GTDers do not employ 50K meaningfully... just a guess).
A universal model would make it easy to get started... then the vision & other horizon's would just unfold naturally! This creates tremendous alignment & focus of efforts- so our limited capacity to produce could actually yield progress toward 'getting to where we are going'. There is just so much 'shuffling of the feet' without a clear path to the top-level outcomes desired.
50K is mean to be predictive... is the telling of our own future. Having this beacon, and a clear path, makes us believe it is possible, not just a nice 'pie in the sky idea'. How can we make 50K an easier tool to use?- more plug-n-play?
bcmeyers, thanks you for the encouragement! I looked up Maslow's model, very interesting stuff- and, I think his ideas actually add to the argument for a universal starting mission!- he seemed to categorize us, universally, pretty well.