Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Dao of Strategic Assessment: The Will to Perform is Greater than The Will to Talk About It!

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It always amazes us that many people have assessed the disposition of their situation with the Occam effect.  They liked their decisions to be easy and have constantly viewed things in terms of "the absolute." Their analysis are usually based on some "irrelevant golden fundamentals rules."  Interestingly, some of these chief decision makers are the politicians and the CEOs of relevant companies. They are known to their followers as visionaries. 

The Strategic Assessment Process
Instead of properly assessing, these visionaries are guessing. They rarely implemented the following five steps: 
1. Measuring the dimensional factors of their situation; 
2. Estimating the potency of their measures; 
3. Calculating the efficacy in terms of the positives and the negatives; 
4. Balancing its order through the "Victory Temple Protocol"; and 
5. Predicting the probability and the possibility of victory.

Some of them believed that doing those five steps is equivalent to a combinational state of psychological pain, emotional torture and egotistical agony. 

Side Note
Whenever step #2 is performed, the task of estimation is usually poorly done.   This is due to their tendency to confuse the estimates with their targets. 

This specifics of estimation will be discussed at a later time.
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Once step one to three are completed, the successful strategists regularly performed an intense session of scenario modeling (strategic simulation).

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Regardless of the strategic endeavor, the successful strategist knows that repeating success is the concrete gauge of real success.

Reflections From the Compass Desk
Performing step one to three are quite difficult for most people. Their instinctive preference is to "operate from the seat of their pants." 

Fwiw, the amateurs (aka. the pseudo strategists) have always discussed the conceptual scheme of the plan and the general approach to build it. Whether the mean of their process does connects their array of modes to the approach,  that is a different story. ... They also advocated the practice of grinding through a situation without ever performing the hardship of assessing their target strategically.  Would you really care what their excuse is?  (In the high technology industry, they referred this approach as being agile.)

While not having the will to do the right thing (We will also discuss more about this particular topic in a future post.), they rarely completed their goal, using the approach of pursuing of the path of minimal resistance.

The Final Thoughts
Those who succeeded in their endeavor, are usually focused on finishing their project immediately.  They know the tactical specifics for the following three steps:
  • Assessing the Big Tangible Picture;
  • Positioning oneself toward a vantage point that is closest to the endpoint of the project, through planning and preparation; and 
  • Influencing the grand settings to one's advantage.
It is that simple.  ... 

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