Monday, November 30, 2015

Questions for the Hardcore Strategists Who Wanted to Succeed

Q #1: Do you know what are the situational configurations for choosing any of the 36 Strategems? 

Q#2: Do you know what are the situational configurations for choosing any of the 100 Unorthodox Strategies?

Q#3: To make the proper choice that saves time and cost, are you able to 
assess a complex situation in terms of levels and factors? 

Q#4: After assessing the complex situation,  how many strategic moves can you think ahead?

Q#5: After assessing the configuration of a technical situation, do you ever connect it to the next seasonal cycle of marketplace?

More to come. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Strategic Perspective of College Football Rivalry Week

Televised sport rivalry is like a pseudo war without the many dead bodies. But it is filled with tons of over-hypes.

While injured bodies occur,  egos are bruised.  No field players are killed.

Psychology is Strategy
The curious observers could use technical patterns from previous games to assess the possibility of surprised plays.

He or she could observe the trust and the unity of each competing teams by reading the web-zines and visiting their fan forums.

During the game, they could observe the speculator's moods and behaviors while ignoring the fanatic's perspective that their traditions drive superior performance.

The Endgame
After the game, those on losing side tell themselves that there is always next season.

Regardless of which rivalry game you choose to watch, after it is over, some of the masses usually returned to their home and pontificate the next day of their empty lives.  

The Reality of Life
Choose your game.  Watch it.  Enjoy the experience. ...

The Darwin Award Goes to Some of the Drug-induced Silicon Valley Techies

(updated on 11.29.2015)

Some of the Silicon Valley geniuses have believed that they can either be super problem solvers or become ultra-innovative through the intake of LSDInterestingly others preferred the choice of Adderol.

Without ever understand the medium to long risk consequences of their decision, this unique group of geniuses could have a lifetime of bizarre behavior.  ...   Smoking an abyss of joints might relieve the anxiety, will not going to consistently enhance one's creativity.

Regardless of the pseudo moment of pleasure, the grand attribute of ambition, drive and focus will be quite seriously reduced.  Creativity will be minimized and unrepeatable. ... Frying the brain over a futile job is not a good decision.  ... Once the brain adapted to the effects of the drug, the drug becomes useless. Now the physical being of the user becomes addicted to the "feel" of the drug.

The Big Tangible Picture
Smart creativity occurs from one's own current comprehension of the configuration that operates within their goal and the Big Tangible Picture that connects to their goal.

Prediction or Guess-timation 
Those who enjoyed the act of projecting the possible outcome of their pre-executed decision,must be able to identify the strategic factors that could lead to success or failure.

Following is an abridged listing of the strategic measures that are significant to the chief decision makers who wanted to the validity of their choices:

  • the tangibility of the projected benefits; 
  • the actuality of the potential challenges; and 
  • the reality of the possible drawbacks. 
This grand measure of strategic overview-ing usually enables the chief decision makers to understand the expected veracity that would originated from their decision.

As long as the positive after-effects of their choice are greater than the negative after-effects, the choice is valid. 

Suggested Solution 
Learn to center yourself and getting more sleep are quite beneficial.  Also, concentrate on learning how to view the configuration on one's Big Tangible Picture through the act of assessing, positioning and influencing.

Final Point

Regardless of the industries and the levels within it, there are always "drugged out" professionals. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Regardless of our settings,  it is important to stay centered and be thankful for the many simple things.   ...  Have a super holiday. 

Sincerely Yours
Compass360 Consulting Group

Saturday, November 21, 2015

More Recommended John Batchelor's Podcasts For the Desktop Strategists

(updated on 11/27/15)

By not being the chosen ones or the members of the Art of War cult, most of us do not spend their time drinking diet pepsi or playing with our Monte Blanc pens.

We have been busy with our own individual projects.

While working,  some of us are fans of John Batchelor show.

Following is an abridged list of some of the recent podcasts that we think that you might find interesting:

Click here on an interesting historical interview with Lloyd Clark, the author of The Battle of the Tanks: Kursk, 1943 

Click here on an interesting historical interview with Brian Murphy, the author of  The Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness 

For those who are profound Sunzi readers,  click here for a past interview with Bevin Alexander, the author of Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

An Interesting Note on Google's Current AI Move

Google has open sourced its primary tool (TensorFlow) for machine learning under the Apache 2.0 license.  Click here  and here on more information on Google's current "AI" move.

Click here on the current contenders of the "AI" game.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Connecting The Sunzi's Essay to the Dao of Inforrned Instinct

(updated on 11.11.15)

What is the tangible connection between the Sunzi essay on strategy and the informed instinct?

Clue:  By connecting the context behind that essay into his/her current situation,  the successful strategist customarily comprehends how things works in terms of an adjustable sequence of steps before concluding a tangible decision.

The Basics
There is a general pattern for everything that surrounds us. One just have to be mindfully aware of the connectivity that is embedded within their terrain and beyond.  It begins by have a matured state of centricity.

The Questions of the Day 
Successful strategists usually know the Big Tangible Picture of their goal and their settings before deciding on their strategic move.

Q: In most instances (and their conceptualization of the Sunzi's essay), what are the first few components of information does the successful strategist focuses on?

Q: Do you know? (Hint: Some aspects of the assessment material can be found in a certain Tang dynasty manual. )

Those answers will allow the strategist to acquire the basics of having the "informed instinct."

The Dao of Informed Instinct
"Informed Instinct" is a feeling that tells the chief decision maker that the perceived information validates their logic of thinking.

In a strategic situation, most perceived information is commonly superficial and dubious. Incorrect information usually creates situations that wasted time and resources.

After awhile, the process of completing the objective becomes a problematic grind.  In most instances, that type of grind usually demotivate the psychological essence of the strategic implementer(s).

Regardless of the state of competitiveness and the origin of the error (bad decision , poor tactical execution of one's own protocols and practices, etc.),  reciprocity is always a possibility..

Without knowing the external influences that directly or indirectly affect their terrain, how does he or she make the correct decision?

Connecting Sunzi to the Instinct
One develops this level of instinct, by understanding how the categorized framework from the Sunzi essay should be organized while possessing "metaphysical centricity."

When managing any strategic decision, the successful strategist distinguishes "the matrix of connectivity" that exists in their situation.  He/she could then instinctively attained the position of encircling their objective.

The constant practice of this acumen will "stage and shape" the observer's instinct to become more informed and refined in his/her perspective.  For example. recognizing which of the five tactical situations are in play and which of the five general tactical approaches to implement.

Other Thoughts
Many years ago, an associate quietly performed a research on a group of Sunzi readers and concluded that the most unique skill that they would like to learn is assessing strategically.

The problem is that they do not possess the "metaphysical centricity" that would enable them to identify the factors and the tectonic level behind this unique skill.   Staying focused on the targeted objectives for 10 plus minutes is a challenge for them.   ( Drinking a can of diet soft drink while playing with a virtual katana will not enable them to reach that state.)

Without the required skill to sequentially contemplate in "cubes"  of information, they usually relied on some sort of web/mobile app that displays the "soon to be obsolete" answer

More Questions:
  • Regardless of the velocity of the information,  how would you know if the requested information is tangible for that moment?
  • If the information is tangible, do you know the duration of the information staying significant?" .
The Meeting of the Minds 
It has been rumored that a group of Sunzi readers are planning to meet and discuss the gist of their knowledge (i.e., leadership, general tactics and inspiration) sometime soon- hoping that they will acquire some type of epiphany that would make them the world class experts in strategic thinking .

Interestingly, none of "these experts" possessed the relevant skill to ratiocinate the Sunzi approach of assessing strategically.

To assess strategically means having the skill to recognize the current situation while identifying the various factors that could give them the offensive advantage.

As mentioned before, the implementation of field tactics against a resourceful competitor is irrelevant if the assessment is incorrect.  Especially, in a high stakes strategic situation, where each and every losing implementation will demotivate the team and position the team into a state of failure.

Conclusively, every strategic situation does not always need an inspiration-driven answer or a leadership-based perspective.  Our experience tells us that having the skill set to assess a strategic situation methodically and objectively is the first step to resolving every significant strategic matter.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Interesting Software Trends

(updated on 11.03.15 1311 hrs)

In terms of the "hot" software trends, what do the relevant software companies  ( IBM, Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.)  all have in common?

No! ... It is not just about the cloud.

They are all pushing a myriad of "AI" tools (especially the self-learning apps) into their arsenal of technology products. 

IBM has Watson (or Sherlock).   Apple has Siri.  Google has The Brain.   (Click here on information regarding to their AI-based email response tool and click here on information concerning to their RankBrain algorithm.) 
Amazon has Alexa and Facebook has M while Microsoft has Cortana.

So, which brand do you trust?

Comments Summation
While the long term impact from  these AI tools is the incremental elimination of low level jobs in the next five to ten years,  Simultaneously, one could see the lawmakers and the unions trying to increase the pay-rate of those workers before those jobs are totally eliminated

It is only a matter of time that some of the popular fast food chains will begin to automate their services.