Sunday, April 28, 2013

Other Unique Rules of Strategy

"The order is everything. ... The sequence is everything. ... The timing is everything.   ..." 
- An Anonymous Weiqi (Go) player

To properly compete, the successful strategist always know what strategic and tactical rules work should be in play.

Following is an abridged listing of strategic rules from Roger Stone, a famous GOP political consultant:

"Unless you can fake sincerity, you'll get nowhere in this business." (one of Stone's favorites)[2]

"Politics with me isn't theater. It's performance art. Sometimes, for its own sake."[2]

"Don't order fish at a steakhouse,"[2]

"White shirt + tan face = confidence,"[2]

"Undertakers and chauffeurs are the only people who should be allowed by law to wear black suits."[2]

"Hit it from every angle. Open multiple fronts on your enemy. He must be confused, and feel besieged on every side."[2]

"Always praise 'em before you hit 'em."[2]

"Be bold. The more you tell, the more you sell." (attributed to advertising guru David Ogilvy)[2]

"Losers don't legislate." (from Richard Nixon)[2]

"Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack." ("Often called the Three Corollaries", Stone says of this rule.)[2]

"Nobody ever built a statue to a committee."[2]

"Avoid obviousness."[2]

"Never do anything till you're ready to do it."[2]

"Look good = feel good."[2]

"Always keep the advantage."[2]

"Never complain, never explain."[41]

"Lay low, play dumb, keep moving."[42]

"Always mount your protest or picket sign on a good solid piece of wood. Comes in handy as a bat if some union goons wanna scuffle." (#37, coined February 2011 in response to the 2011 Wisconsin budget protests)[43]


Comments From the Compass Desk
The operability of any of these rules is depended on the criteria of the given situation. If the implementers could correctly assess their current situation without any inertia, then their chances of utilizing the right rules increase.   

The process of assessment is  as simple as breathing. You do breathe.  Do you?

Fwiw, triumphing over the situation is a different game.

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