Competing on the obvious strategic factors usually means that an act of attrition and that futility is guaranteed especially if one is competing against a well-resourced challenger.
The negatives for that decision are: the loss of time, the high expenditures and the possible loss of the target.
Identifying the finesse move that leads to the path of least resistance is always the challenge. Having that approach that will enable one to understand the reality of their Big Tangible Picture in a New York hour, is considered to be one of the unique skills of skills.
This book subtly focuses on understanding the strategic foundation of any competitor, instead of the obvious tendency to confront directly.
A Book Review on "Strategies for the Human Realm."
This 221+ page book is for serious desktop strategists who must contend strategically in an extreme terrain. It is not for the superficial thinkers who have believed that victory originates from the magical thinking of showing up early with nothing but a Monteblanc pen, a cache of powerpoint slides and a can of diet soft drink.
The Li Quan Approach
This 25 chapter translation starts by covering the generalities of one’s grand settings, the inclinations of human behavior, the foundation of strategic power, etc. After reading it, one would realize that each set of factors indirectly leads to another. The abundance of information can be overwhelming. Some people identify that this task to be another act of futility. The identification of the reality from illusion can be easy once one understands what dots are on the white board. If done correctly, the risk rewards could be greater than the arduous process of assessing.
Finding the path of least destruction while understanding if one has the strategic power to capitalize on it is the first step to competitive success.
Remember that the quality of the collected information is occasionally proportional to the possible focus of the plan. Good assessment works when the information collection process is efficient and the skill to assess is above norm.
- the belief and the judgement of the chief decision maker;
- the management of decisions;
- the planning of the strategy;
- their judgment of the factors;
- the possible tactics for approaching their goal with direct and indirect influences;
- the comprehension of the grand terrain by utilizing time, space, the Dao and levels;
- the opposition and the converging of the strategic factors;
- the particular gaps within the small terrains that are hidden in the grand terrain;
- the identification of the "Wild Card" factor;
- the constraints;
- the possible response or reaction; and
- the opening and the sealing of the gaps and the opportunities within the confines of one's own grand terrain.
Having this macro set of quality information prevents the strategist from being deceived into believing the obvious.
Thoughts From The Compass Desk
This grand approach of Li Quan is an integration of a “psychology is strategy” approach and a “understanding the operational game” approach. Connecting those two dots will guarantee a 33 to 50% chance of prevailing. We will touch on that specific topic in a future post.
Assessing the information is one challenge. Being able to manage a grand abundance of information is the other challenge.
Think about this point- would the mastery of this rare skill makes a person interesting?
Our goal was to publish a book on the Dao of Strategic Assessment this past year. Due to the devaluation of published books, the irrelevant view on strategic thinking and the on-going trend of IP thievery, we decided not to publish it at this moment.
We will discuss the approach of applying these concepts and these principles from this great strategy classic in a future post. Some of those are already sitting in the ever-timed queue of this blog.
There is a future post that delineates the possible life of Li Quan and why his approach was never taken seriously in the Tang Dynasty and after.