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The outcome was obvious. Sun Bin prevailed and Pang Juan became an anecdote of what happens to an over-emotional rival who possessed superficial strategic skills.
So, how do you assess the strategic situation of your competition?
If so, do you know how to shape their view?
In summary, knowing the connectivity of the various situations, does matter.
Monday, March 26, 2012
During the research and development stage, we also talked to some real hardcore strategic thinkers and many pseudo strategic evangelists (especially the members of the AoW's cult).
While the hardcore strategists had a specific-driven process to operate from, most of the amateurs had a tendency of operating from a page of quotes and a few checklists. I think that one of these amateurs carries a Bible for good luck. Another one carries a deck of cards.
The Compass Process
Our strategic process focuses on understanding the configuration of a competitor's strategic power from the interiors of their organization. It also centers on the importance of identifying the qualities of the risk and the uncertainty that could be in play.
We also believed that pure planning does not always enables one to find the path of least resistance. There are the exceptions.
Other Features of the Process
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
If those who find that the majority of factors favor them, will be victorious while those who have found few factors favor them will be defeated, what about someone who finds no factors in their favor? When observing from this viewpoint, victory and defeat will be apparent."
- Art of War 1 (Paraphrased from the Sawyer's translation) ”
We believed that the ancient Sunzi strategists used a net assessment process that was based on these factors. If used correctly, this process could quantify the possibility of victory.
When Sunzi left the Wu State, he took his trade secrets with him. He did not believed in giving it away to the people who were not appreciative of his strategic skills. Many years later, the Yueh state annexed the Wu State.
Notes From the Compass Desk
One can only achieve that viewpoint of "planning one's way to victory" if they are able to find the path of least resistance through the practice of sound and solid assessment.
Most amateurs believed that they can plan themselves to victory with simple quotes and minimal answers. If they do not understanding the settings of their days, there is a possibility of being involved in long and tiresome struggles. It usually costs them a great amount of resources. In summary, the amateurish approach demoralizes the team.
We at Compass360 Consulting have been experimenting with this concept for many months. If you are interested in learning about it, please contact us.
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- Assess, Position and Influence
- Always focus on necessities not accessories.
- Proper Prior Planning (and Preparation) Prevents Poor Performance. (The 7 P's)
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Most visionaries are focused on big ideas, not on details. They rarely think about the after-effects of their ideas or the prevention of disasters.
Side note: In life, most of the smart professionals who specialized in disaster prevention, are usually ignored and rarely compensated in a fair way.
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The moral of the story is that everyone who craps on you is not necessarily your enemy, and everyone who gets you out of the crap, is not necessarily your friend. If you're warm and happy wherever you are, you should maintain a sense of quietude. "
Sun Bin should have been mindfully aware of the full configuration of their situation before making a relevant strategic decision . . . Knowing the full scope of one's current situation, does matter . . . Knowing the process model and implementing it properly is what counts.
Thoughts from the Compass Desk
During the book burning session, Sun Bin also realized that the impact of the deception that was implemented by Pang Juan. Focusing in self survival while showing the guise of zero-threat was his goal.He had to mindfully eradicate any trace of self pity before proceeding forward.
Self pity was gone. Whatever pain that was felt, reminded Sun Bin that it kept him awake, angry and focused.
In summary, the pain reminded him that he was still alive and self preservation was significant to his grand objective.
# updated on 3.12.13
Thursday, March 1, 2012
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