Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interesting Trivia on The Best Practices of World Class Strategic Thinkers and Achievers

Following is our abridged list of proven and unproven trivia that we have researched:

  • Rewrote his music composition constantly until it was visually perfect
Bill Walsh
  • Always scripted a gameplan before proceeding on anything.
  • Usually implemented a starter script of plays that barely had any connections from any recent games.
  • Always had the minimum of one more scripted play than the competing coach.
  • Believed in the concept of the system over goals. (If one believes in the system and follows it, the score takes care of itself.)
Jiang Tai Gong  (known as the Father of Strategic Studies)
  • Emphasized on the practice  of creating a situation that lures the "intended and willing" target toward the fisherman 
  • Emphasized on the practice  of catching orcas and sharks not goldfishes and guppies
  • Emphasized the practice of reading the situation, profiling the principals in a situation and identifying their configuration before ever deciding on the objective and the tactical approach.
John Nash (Nobel Prize Winning Economist)
  • Brainstormed his ideas while cycling in a figure eight pattern and humming J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue.
Mike Shanahan (former coach of Washington Redskins) 
  • Uses a 15 Plays starter script to determine the tendencies of the competition 
  • Always took proud in possessing a larger playbook than the competition
Miyamoto Musashi
  • Dedicated himself to his profession by practicing the art of minimalism.
  • Utilized two swords in certain combat situation while carrying a minimum of three implements.
  • Utilized a wooden sword once he realized his sword skill has reached the highest level of swordmanship.
  • Was known to use a standing table when writing his music
  • Visualized the content of his composition before writing his music
  • Wrote his composition in one attempt.  
Steve Jobs
  • Always emphasize on simplicity and quality in his products.

Sun Bin
  • Emphasized on the practice of being tenacious, guile and insightful in adverse situations
  • Emphasized the employment of various bait and lure tactics for the purpose of influencing the competitor into a disadvantageous situation
  • Able to recite the entire text of the Art of War essay
  • Emphasized the art of strategic efficiency in his famous essay  (Art of War)
  • Believed in the approach of prevailing in a competitive situation through the exploitation of unorthodox and orthodox tactics
Wang Xu
  • Taught the development of one's foundation of awareness through the various exercises for the purpose of learning strategy 
  • Focused on the process of assessing, positioning and influencing one's settings while becoming mindful of the objective of being strategically effective.
  • Taught Jiang Tai Gong's Six Secret Teachings to his many students (Sun Bin, Zhang Yin and others) .

Wuzi (The writer of Wuzi's Art of War)
  • Believed in dedicating oneself to the grand cause of his employer.
  • Specialized in strategic efficiency
Zhang Liang
  • Strategize on being positionally ahead of the situation through the implementation of a "complete" strategy.
  • Famous for 
  • Preferred to operate from a remote site. 
  • Buried with his copy of "Six Secret Teachings."  It was  rumored that a copy of "The Three Strategies of Huang Shek Gong" was included in the process.
Zhuge Liang
  • Understood many subject matters (agriculture, engineering, meteorology, geology, etc.).
  • Relied greatly on certain circumstances before acting. 


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