Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day.


Enjoy this glorious Day!


Can you have your cake and eat it?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Food For Thought: What Game Board Are You Operating From?

(updated on 07.01.17)

Most competitive people who usually assess their situation, almost always do not know what is the configuration of their situation (gameboard) that they are operating from.  




Is it from a western chess board perspective?  




Or is it from a poker game table perspective?



Better yet, is it from a go (weiqi) gameboard perspective?

Before you decide on your tactical approach, assess the configuration of your strategic terrain in terms of pathways, possible resources-decaying scenarios, possible time-delay scenarios and possible incline-based scenarios.

Playing From the Chessboard
Are you a knight on a chess board who is being pushed to the middle of the board to solve the problems of the employer?   Jumping from one position to another while avoiding the obstacles is your daily modis operandi.
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Or are you an isolated pawn who pushes yourself forward with some minor support from someone in the back ranks?   

Do you offer advice like a bishop?  If so, does the boss listens to you?  

Or, do you offer technical insights like a rook while protecting the boss from external chaos?

Playing From the Poker Table 
In some tactical scenario, do you know when to start the game with an conservative "open"?  Better yet, do you know when to check and raise?  

Conclusively, it is all about knowing when to hold them.  Knowing when to fold them.   Knowing when to walk away. Knowing when to run.

Playing From the Go Game Board
If it is a long and sequential scenario, are you able to play one position while being mindful of the other relevant positions that connects to it?

Summary
One must know what is the configuration of the situation (game board) that he is playing on before deciding on the tactical approach.

More to Come
   

Another Interesting Translation of Sunzi's Art of War



If you are a project manager, this book offers an interesting perspective in managing complex projects through the principles of  Sunzi.   It uses the Lionel Giles translation.

Read and enjoy.  ...  Whenever there is time, we will review this book. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I Have Been Busy. Gone Fishing.



Going fishing is easy.  Deciding on the type of fish is the challenge.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Questions of the Day: 36 Strategies Vs. 100 Unorthodox Strategies


The members of the Art of War cult should know the answers for these following questions:
  • What are the circumstances for using 36 Stratagems?
  • What are the circumstances for using unorthodox strategies?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thinking Unorthodox in Strategic Competition



Following is a abridged listing of our favorite books on this topic 



More to come.  ... 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Strategizing Beyond One's Gameboard: The Near Fall of Billy Walters

Updated at 06.09.2015

In the strategy game, we have always been interested in how certain strategists climb the ladder of success.

Billy Walters  
Click here and here on the general profile of Billy Walters. 

Analysis
To the sideline speculator, it was an act of "easy to over reach." 

This gentleman un-mindfully went with his instinct. As a gambler, he has always lived on being one move ahead. ... Most strategies fail when the amateurs  do not know how to anticipate the counter move by the other side. They usually get lucky against average competition who can't think 1/2 move ahead.

This gambler got "hot and ambitious."  Then he decided to play a different game that required a quite "different"
perspective.

Click here and here on what lead to his downfall.  

Mr. Walters choice of tactics were questionable at best. 

Lesson
Professional strategic achievement begins by understanding the strategic configuration of the situation and the tactics that are used by the competitors of the game board.  The choice of tactics establishes the gist of the strategic implementer's mindset.