Friday, March 28, 2014

Understanding the Big Tangible Picture by Connecting the Relevant Dots from the Art of War (1)

The Compass Chart
updated at 18:18 hrs
Pseudo gurus usually possessed a difficult time, understanding how to use the Art of War principles in a systematic way.  Some usually choose a few quotes to motivate their flocks of lambs.  Others just use a quote or two as an approach to completing their intended venture.

Does that strategic approach work in a complex setting?

Many years ago, we researched that the most effective approach to understanding the strategic state of the Big Tangible Picture is to study the grand overview of a situation in terms of the Five Critical Strategic Factors (CSF) and then connecting the tactical factors to  .. It is that simple. 

Step 1 Defining the Strategic Configuration of the Big Tangible Picture (The "Ji" of one's settings)
Understanding the state of competitiveness within a situation and how the five critical strategic factors connect to it, is the general approach.   Does it sound easy?

Comparing and contrasting the strategic specifics is what most chief decision makers do. However, it does not tell them whether the deception factor prevails within their concept of the Big Tangible Picture and whether the act of technical manipulation could be executed.

Based on the depthness of the collected information, the chief decision maker could conclude on the objective and the tactic. Based on the quality of the information, does he/she trust it?

From the field level, the expediters usually relied on their experience, sometimes go with their gut instinct and improvise from situation to situation, with no idea of what is ahead.   Some succeed. Others fail.

What is the probability of being a victim of disinformation, especially in a complex situation?

The Compass Model: The Compass Chart
Finding a singularity in a competitive situation, that results in an advantageous gain begins by proper strategic assessment. 

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.  

Specifically, we preferred to assess the overall situation in terms of the following qualities:
  • the matrix of the connectivity behind the configuration of the situation; 
  • the cyclical stage of the momentum-based situation;
  • the transitional state of the situation;
  • the leadership effectiveness of the chief decision makers (CDM); and  
  • the efficacy of the CDM's logistics.

More to come

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