Monday, March 28, 2011

Assess, Position and Influence (5)

Most competitors are focused on their strengths not on the weaknesses. They hide their weaknesses and "will" the implementation of their strengths into the mind, heart and spirit of their opposition. Tim Lincecum, a former Cy Young winner believes in that.

"... Lincecum doesn’t watch a lot of pregame film, as many pitchers do, to look for vulnerabilities in the hitters he’s about to face. “I stick to my strengths as opposed to going after everyone’s weaknesses,” he told me. “If you can hit it, come hit it. ... ”

Statistics on Tim Lincecum

Here is some interesting data about Tim Lincecum from
Lincecum has had the highest strikeout rate among qualified starters in each of the last three seasons. ... His K/9 topped 10.4 in 2008 and 2009, and even though it dropped to 9.79 last year, he was still the best strikeout pitcher among starters. Given his age and abilities, it would be surprising if Lincecum did not again top 260 strikeouts and a K/9 of 10.

Rumination from the Compass Desk
In a predictable setting, the successful strategist usually deploys their strengths while concealing their weaknesses. At times, he/she enhances their strengths through practice and other means. As age and other factors become prevalent, the strength factor diminishes. The competition identifies the tendencies and the flaws. The rest is obvious. Nothing lasts forever.

To be continuously successful, the "mindfully aware" strategic implementer evolves by pursuing the approach of matching their strengths to the opposition's weaknesses.

In any competitive terrain, the successful strategist mindfully knows the circumstances for using the situation to their advantage. He plays the optima strategic option by taking what the terrain and the opposition offers to him. When the advantageous position is achieved, the exploitive strategic option is usually implemented. This mode of prevailing in a highly competitive setting is the norm.

The Compass Process
The successful strategist assesses the tangibility of the big picture. Then he positions himself strategically into a competitive disposition of power and authority through planning and preparation. When the opportunity arises and the timing is right, the influencing of the target begins.

  • Finesse before Force
  • Read the Big Tangible Picture before implementing a strategic move
  • Always assess before position and influence

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