Without ever assessing "the configuration of their 'Big Tangible Picture (BTP)'", these organizations "grounded and pounded" their way to the finish line while missing the possible opportunities. ... They regularly fall behind their schedule and operating miles above their given budget.
At the conclusion of the day, their chief decision makers present the deceptive lie that their mission is progressing forward and sell it to their investors, their troops and themselves.
1) A successful strategy requires full commitment
2) Full commitment, in light of unpredictable futures, can mean catastrophic failure.
Sidebar: The message of this approach reminds us of a similar message from the Cult of The Art of War. We will touch on that particular topic one day.
Telling people to focus on the potential positives of a project without ever being mindful of its possible negatives is like lighting a cigar while standing on a puddle of gasoline that leads to a gas station's fuel pump. Those who cannot see the Big Tangible Picture, would not be able to gain any long term commitment from their associates.
Excellence is the only attribute that one should be committed. One should not behave like those who are described in Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade."
For obvious reasons, successful strategists or smart expediters would not want to participate in a lost cause.
Questions from The Compass Desk
If you are competing in an unpredictable setting , do you think that this generalized "kitchen sink" strategic approach would work? ...
Does Mr. Raynor's approach has a strategic process model that heeds their competition's reaction?
After assessing your Big Tangible Picture, are you able to forecast the predictability and the position of your situation? ... Do you ever think whether you and your team are capable of adjusting to the configuration of the situation before the grand change factor is restarted again?
How do you assess the risk behind your projected objective and the approach?
The companies who have faltered by utilizing this approach. Would they ever admit to the failure of this approach of overcommitment?
The Preliminaries to The Compass Solution
Commitment begins when the principal stakeholders accepted the risk benefits and the risk consequences behind the Big Tangible Picture that is connected to their goal.
However, the commitment will diminish when the setbacks begin to accumulate. To prevent this from happening, successful strategists are focused on creating positive momentum by making their first few moves to be strategically correct.
In most cases, the acceptance are one of the factors that determines the quality of the work.
Occasional assessment of the configuration behind the Big Tangible Picture would usually enable the successful strategist to determine the nuance of who is committed.
The Compass Reminder
To thrive in a chaotic setting. reading one's own Big Tangible Picture before implementing a strategic move and preparing one's self on how to adjust to situational changes are two essential keys that successful strategist