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Being strategic

Whinenever I see the word ‘strategic’ in front of say, a job title or a department – ‘plan’ even – i tend to feel somewhat cynical. Most organisations, most people are not strategic. They are overwhelmingly focused on tactics and internal politics.

There is an interesting post by Gord Hotchkiss that illustrates my point. Gord’s message is that:

“Strategy demands that you ask tough questions of yourself. It challenges your beliefs. And that’s a hard thing to ask of humans. We’re wired to ignore anything that might cause us to change our mind. …It’s a lot easier to focus on a tactic. We like to master things, and you can do this at a tactical level.”

Yeah, sure…thinking strategically is hard. And to think strategically, you must lift your head from preoccupation with tactics it get a feel for what is actually happening that challenges your assumptions/business model/policies or whatever. It’s not easy…but it is being ‘strategic’.


June 12, 2008 - Posted by | Strategic |


  1. I think Robert Greene said something similar in his books and blog. Good stuff.

    Comment by kiyumars | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thanks. I’m somewhat blown away that this posting is still generating attention. The long tail eh. Greene’s Laws of Power looks very interesting & potentially very useful. I shall look into Greene’s work.

    I’m currently reading Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. My first impressions are that being aware of System 1 (automatic,intuitive) thinking, and System 2 (cognitive and deliberate) thinking would also be most useful in interpreting what others do and say in strategic thinking sessions – and in being more aware of my own biases.

    Comment by Paul Roberts | February 8, 2012 | Reply

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