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If you desire true innovation, then you should be familiar with the concept and what it really has to offer.

18 Sep

In strategic circles, the one with the most “innovative” thinking trumps any one’s brilliant plan.

We’ve all heard the saying “perception becomes reality,” now if that statement was true, what will it take to make all “innovation” become reality too, and if it is that easy, why aren’t we seeing a lot of innovation or inventive people around?

I hear a lot of talk, everyone is abuzz with innovation, “we have to be more innovative people”, oh and the classic – “think outside the box”, who started all this madness, event at schools teachers are teaching “innovation” and how to be “inventive”.

We hear the word “innovation” everywhere, it is spreading like wild fire, especially in our media and business press, suggesting the word is becoming “a cliché,” (or used out of context) and just implying some form of change, and is used more as a buzz word, a fashion statement, than to actually advance very specific ideas.

“Innovation” – has also become big business; it has created a new economy; franchises, schools, institutions even, and lots of  literature – over 250 books on Google books with innovation in the title; consultants are popping up all over, people even get appointed with the title as innovation consultants, officer, office, thus making millions of dollars, even in advising, it’s become businesses. Just like global warming it s creating jobs and a sub culture.   Yet, I still have to see something  that’s truly jaw dropping, one invention that will convince me it exist, that will convince me it has merit, or can be taught, or harnessed like energy and has place in business theory. Continue reading

Understanding the Influence of Real World Politics on Strategy.

18 Nov

What is wrong with strategy, not much some believe, if seen against the backdrop of the prevailing political climate changes?

This is the story of the Wolf pack and the Lions.

Just like global warming, our politics of the day is now also impacting directly on our personal wellbeing; our health, wealth, economic and social standing – as well as our strategies.

The big players are; Freewill, Morality, Democracy, Conservatism, Liberalism and choice, all politicians want us to have more of, so what do they have in common with strategy?

Let me give you some back ground; THE FIRST RULE OF POLITICS IS; anything you practice as government politics BECOMES UNIVERASL AT SOME POINT, what happens there could affect what happens here – the world has become totally connected. We affect our immediate and distant neighbours with our own political dispensation… Then too businesses that have global impact affect as too.

Point in case; If we just look at how Goldman Sachs created the world food price crisis and how they and the other big banks are literally starving billions because of it. Just with ONE strategy; imagine what could go wrong globally if many strategies fail…as is the case now. The best thing is, they could do – and can still do more – of this because its good moneymaking “strategy”, and they are banks, so they hide behind the defence that their business is to make money – and lots of it, and their political views “say this is good practice”, so we don’t suspect much foul play, and life goes on for the (citizens) sheep of the world, so nothing ever happens to them, they even get bailed out, because the social elite would have all benefitted, again.

It’s not about morals and ethics in this life anymore; ethics is what we feed sheep – our good citizens, so they don’t get too nervous about the future. It’s all politics, the politics of predators that can never marry, with the beliefs of sheep, its sole purpose is to have and create invisible divides, between lions and Wolves at the top, with lots and lots of sheep at the bottom, with their politics.

That is to say, to create weak, strong and super strong classes of economic wealth, through the use of politics. Politics becomes a trick or treat for us normal men and woman, they blind us with all their fabulous ideas, and promises? Politics today have become more inventive, it even includes spying on our citizens, to keep them in check, it even includes media blackouts; and my favourite, it include Wolves posing as sheep, in sheep skins, and offering lambs for lions.

So, it’s a free society, we have all the democratic freedom we can handle, now we give them more freedom, and movement, and we vote for it too, thinking that they ( we are talking about our government, employers and social elite here)  will be responsible, and act with dignity and honour, now that we all have great freedom. Now if the government gets all these powers, and it does, then it’s all open to abuse, then the rich will follow on, and copy this, and then you have government now running industry, far from the back, but still running it, and even owning stakes, or shares in it, for their political parties can now own businesses, and so to the individuals in government,  and then their families. So who is going to play policemen here if everyone at the top has a hand in the cookie jar?  Anything you can use to get what your wants and desire, you get through the use of politics or crime, and it is yours as long as you share. This is the game of politics, it corrupts so easy in a free society. By definition; Politics has as its main aim; the acquisition and application of power, to create wealth. It does not say for whom?

The rest is just smoke and mirrors. So that the citizens (the sheep/ their slaves) can still have that warm fuzzy feeling whilst being raped with taxes. Politics is there to keep us in line, and so that we are reminded of our place in society, whilst being torn between two powers, the Lion, and Wolf pack.

The morality, religion and virtue cards are all played to keep us all captive, by making us feel obliged to keep doing the right thing even as a “slave”, no matter how unfair, and dire your own needs, and situation, be good, and suppress all your desires, it’s for (your) sorry – our- or the greater good. Human desires have ring-fenced the subtle arena of human social interaction, that dictate our social behaviour and opinionated nature and interaction, if we are not clever in politics, and diplomacy, then it could become a deep strategic pitfall. People the world over know they are getting ripped-off, somewhere; somehow, it’s okay, as long as “everyone is” getting ripped of the same. Now, if anyone in this day and age, can’t see this happening, and still think that we are all real nice compatible social creatures, immune to abuse, control, manipulation, and exploitation from governments, employers, and powers in society, just because we have liberty, freedom, oh and democracy, some law and very little order and the rest, think again?

Just because we fit into society nicely, and play nice, play by its rules, and belong to the race called homo-sapience, this in itself is still no guarantee that you will not become the prey, in the radical revolutionarily strategic management matrix, called life, where predators roam daily, then we have it all wrong. We were in fact created to be indifferent…totally self indulgent, and driven by desire, in pursuit of its fulfilment, and because of it, we stand opposed, we take sides, we strategise and we group along the lines of our constitution; our beliefs, religion, virtues, race, culture, language – these are all very subtle, when compared to how we group ourselves politically, then all the aforementioned groupings tend to give way, to our political orientations forming.

Strategy is all about managing perceptions; politics is all about managing people with fear. Therefore, start by looking at the foundation of democracy, where Democratic principles tend to hide the fact that the elected determine the distribution of future; social values, economic power, and reforms. Then it will also most surely define who will be the social elite. It’s not at all concerned with moral commitments; although they talk about it – and a lot – it always fades, fades with the last vote cast, the last speech made, etc.

Politics uses diplomacy to mask otherwise naked competition and aggression, for wealth, resource and power. Stemming from a Wolf-Pack ideology, democracy emanated somewhere half way between capitalism and communism; serving both by the way, so no lion can ever belong and feel at home in a democracy, just too much chaos, because of free will. Wolves are active with chatter – free will – vocal, and are erratic, opposed to lions that have routines, they sleep, take life easy… The paint work on the caves of humanity depicting free-will versus the lions outlook, has become smudged, there is a deep grey gorge forming that is becoming as clear as daylight. We see it everywhere; you have those that break-down, and those that build-up. We are slowly moving apart, the magnetism of beliefs are giving way to two streams, one cold, one warm, like two currents meeting, we are drifting worlds apart because of this rupture in humanity. Simply put it has everything to do with our virtues, our outlook on life, and our expectancy.

Let’s term the two opposing sides, Wolf-Pack and Lions to illustrate how far we are drifting apart. (There use to be a BEAR in there too, but he got killed by the lion). Because of way too much use and abuse of these terms by politicians, the media, religious sects, and the rest, that will all attempt to define what is good and what is bad for you, via their own beliefs…through using them, we have corrupted their use. We now can’t even distinguish between predators anymore, they want us to see them all the same – they are not. Never the less, this articles purpose is to illustrate how your own feelings, and emotions, and beliefs, as well as virtues, are pulled at when having to take stance on these issues of liking predators, and siding with them.

This is a test, to show you how powerful our own convictions are when tested, when we have a choice in the matter, especially under these currents that influence us politically, and that sweep through our strategic abilities and plans…such as politics, when we design strategies. Daily we try to divorce our inner virtues and beliefs, to fit in with society, in one way or the other – all in order to blend in with a warped sense of social reality today, all in order to aspire to the latest trends and beliefs, as well as propaganda promoted. EVERYONE; the flavour of the day is; “all change is essential and good” – so come on and have some. It’s all an attempt by governments to form one global identity, passed on to corporate business through skilful legislation, to form an identity that is not too Wolf-Pack, and not too traditional, not to conventional, radical, democratic or even weird. But every bit predatorily. This new generation youth today, is desperately looking for a new way of practicing liberation, freedom, and struggle all in one arena. All in order to belong, to come to rest and have one identity, one common understanding of what we are, if we are free, then we want to practice our freedom, be free-willed, until then we must be “freedom fighters” or something, and as a result then we must be Wolf-Packs too?

Lions, in stark contrast to the afore mentioned political culture of turmoil, know who they are, what they stand for, and how compromising, just one thing will lead to more compromises, later on. That one normally ends up regretting. Then everything ells will become compromised, such is the law of compromise. Therefore, they don’t want, or like, or care for any newness and “transformation”, or to compromise just for the sake of change and belonging. They have learned that nothing on this earth is ever new, it’s just rediscovered. Their general view is this; if something works; don’t tamper with it, especially for the sake of change. This is their standing belief.

Things have evolved to this point pretty well, and if it works, then it is just perfect… discipline and hard work is the back bone of society…freedom is not a right it’s a hard earned privilege paid for in blood, now shared by all.

Back to the two sides, if we try to divorce our preconceptions of what is Wolf-Pack and what is a lion, and how we view and label them, as being optimistic or pessimistic, as new and old, or as good and bad. Then we will find that. The question at issue is both personal, for each one of us, and both political as well, for our lives are flooded and governed by the powers that be, be they Wolf-Pack or lion; daily with shape shifting, through the media trying to win our favour – votes. They, the politicians, and decision makers want us to invest our hopes and dreams with them. They should rather come out with the truth, and say; Bank with me, I will give you good dividends. I will only take 20% of your income. So who are these people; the lions, It is then said that; on the one hand, a lion is a bitter former Wolf-Pack minded maverick whose idealism was crushed and life taught him a few hard lesson… Never the less, lions are seen as happy and content with what they’ve got and don’t want or need to change anything, whereas Wolf-Packs are NOT happy, hence they want to change things all the time, in pursuit of happiness, Nirvana for “all”.

I think Wolf-Packs are not as happy as lions, for lions conserve that which works and so to have greater strength and more resources, and teach what is deemed good to society, namely discipline and restraint, limited free will, you can think what you like, but you can say it that way at time, be sensitive, diplomatic, opposed to Wolf-Packs that have freedom of speech, they say what they like, “but never mean it”, if it comes flying back.

Then lions also aim to eliminate waste; by working hard, they don’t spend on brand names they don’t need, opposed to Wolf-Packs who use the excuse to just spend to impress, they both understand quality cost good money, they just use it differently. Change is imperative in all spheres of life, both sides grasp this concept, but interoperate it vastly differ. Now enter will, or will power and thereby we can open ourselves up for abuse, society’s norms of FREE WILL, and the use of majority “consensus” or rule, will dictate trends, designed to hide behind over indulgence with, if they do it everyone can do it, so let’s do it.

Wolf-Packs have to have a victim mentality, they love to complain, and preach to the converted all the time giving them “hope” and promising them some more change soon, going from one focus less ideology to another, seeking refuge and comfort in revolutionary ideology “one for all, and all for one” implying that the collective will benefit from change, so “let’s change everything!”. This is nothing new, ever since the beginning of time; we have had these two ideology’s pestering us with problems, or as Wolf-Packs term it “challenges”. Nietzsche: Indicated if a culture suffers from a lack of “uniformity” because of divergent ideology, and sub cultures, then stagnation and passivity will set in for sure. He was dead right; we see it in every nation, where there is no unification. This is exactly what is happening on a global scale. No one is unique or immune to this virus either. Unity is broken down, with the advent of immigrants, political exiles, and activists. However there is good news – “Then such a Culture can be healed”, healed not saved – and there is a condition to this; “if a majority of people rediscovers “critical thinking” – the “thinking about thinking.”, then unity will give way to ingenuity, and individuality will emerge and start to create creative healthy competition – entrepreneurship. History seems to contribute to informing strategy very well, we just choose not to see the relevance of the past, dictating the future. History has a bearing, because we can go back in time, and see how, vision and mission, have changed society at many specific intersects in time, we don’t have to repeat the same mistakes over and over in this cycle of golden and then dark ages of existence, “seven fat cows, and then seven thin ones” as with history that will for sure repeat itself. To this aspect of pessimism insofar as that it suggest that cultural decay is only a matter of time. Well the time is here; we have moved from a gold age and are now entering the dark ages again.

According to socio-biology we are programmed to do one thing here, and that is to maximize the proliferation of our genes – “go forth and multiply”. Well I think that we have done that very well, too well, and it’s a good time to cut back now, or we will be living on a rock soon. Wolf-packs tend to have big litters opposed to lions that have small. However, wolves share, and look after each other’s children, where raising lions dictate much time, effort and individual attention, and resource to develop lion cubs with. The striving for individuality, self-realization and self-preservation is the result of a biological program running; lions aspire harder to this than do wolves. So our biology just wants us to multiply…

Behavioural science on the other hand assumes that animal behaviour; forms a premise for our basic behaviour as well- it strives to sustain species by the mechanism of group selection. Okay, so now we can think on how to multiply, and we can choose whom to do it with – the fittest, to build the best gene pool. If this is true, then there is a selection process, then there might also be something like “a common interest of mankind” to make sure that the fittest will survive. Or at least thrive. But, according to socio-biology, group selection is an exception and not a rule. Wolves don’t practice selection, to such an extent and degree as do lions. In those cases where group selection does exist, it can be derived from the more fundamental rule of gen-maximization.

Now psychology enters; that deals with the mind. We are simple; we are no way nearly as complicated as we would like to believe when it comes to thinking, and procreating. It states that the conscious mind is badly informed about just about everything. The entirety of psychic processes is filtered and censored and only a small part becomes conscious. So we are in effect very complicated machines acting out rituals.

The thought processes in the brain are deterministic and the contingent processes on the quantum level cannot be influenced. This then brings me to the one thing “everyone” so dearly wants, for a lack of knowledge, free will. There is no room for free will in the microcosm – a miniature representation of something that describes how the smaller relates to the bigger picture. In other words; we don’t have the capacity to deal with freedoms un-limited, or free will for that matter, we are habitual creatures; we are just not designed for it.

So why aspire for this, if we can’t use it to benefit man kind. The greater the freedom, the higher the incidents of crime, and conflict, and the more violent society become… something to chew on. This would explain the high crime rates in countries that per-sue ultimate freedom… “We certainly don’t have much use for free will. Not in the sense we think.” Will is dictated and informed by, nature, nurture, needs, wants and political view… its simple; we have complicated it with the introduction of politics. Studies affirm this; In June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed, “You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will.

The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.” This aspect becomes imperative to strategist, in realising that golden treads extend right throughout our history that guides and informs our reasoning and our will – whether we have free will or not, we will act true to our programming and drives first… to have and make use of the powers we have at our disposal… Why was man then given choice? When it makes him do stupid things… so then he is not really better off or superior to animals, especially for having the ability to choose freely – to think and reason. Us compared to animals; they live simplistic habitual lives, they give what they take, and they only take what they need, to keep maintaining a gene pool.

Then we look at humans mimicking nature, like true lions, they scratch and claw trees – “tree huggers”, our nature conservationist people, that realise that we were not meant to evolve and multiply beyond a certain point like we have, and mainly this is the only reason we were given brains, to say stop, enough, opposed to striving for more resources and freedom to make more of us with, all technologically evolved to stretch life to its absolute limit, at such a high degree of unabated freedom, with unlimited freedom, to every individual, to the point where freedom un-restricted is now in effect designing our own demise and doom. Sick people are kept alive, but can’t contribute…

Why do we need so much freedom, if it comes without responsibility, restraint and or accountability…then its degrading the very moral fibre of society…and quality of life, can we still afford free will then? This also poses yet another problem Choices are informed – so this makes them fellable – firstly by needs and then want, when all your needs are fulfilled, then wants take over… Then we have our Nature and nurture; nature speaks to our character traits, that dictate choices and preferences in the main more pertaining to likes, and dislikes, food, colour, dress, manners, etc…, now enter nurture; our nurturing is our upbringing, our forming years, it comes from your schooling, religion, experiences, grooming, and peers, imprint on your own choice forming here. As adults we take position; mainly by choosing between two streams of though emerging Wolf-Pack or lion. Now let’s see how divergent these two stand in opposition; Lions profess to be living in the truth and about being open to the truth, to the reality of all situations of life and living, they view the world from a perspective of cause and effect, and contrary to belief they don’t have “closed minds” in order to be lions, no they have “critical minds”, they criticize, they give critique. In order for them to function, they seek to find the truth they need to live with, to create their understanding of reality.

Now the Wolf-Packs may argue that they too have open minds, but the real difference between the Wolf-Packs and lions are: 1) Wolf-Packs are only open to facts which they find them agreeable. The Wolf-Packs mind-set is one defined by having favorable public responses – to a variety of statements touching on economics, war and crime. They like to be the good guys, Wolf-Packist will agree that it feels wrong “when an employee who needs their job is fired”; “that it’s morally wrong that rich children inherit a lot of money while poor children inherit nothing”; and they describe themselves as often having “tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me”, implying they suffered this injustice two, they are in the same boat, even though they all wear designer labels and drive foreign luxury cars…when they can get the facts to point elsewhere, and fix the blame, they become heroes…they like to be seen as martyrs– and they like playing this card over and over. When in fact they are just opportunist, waiting for yet another a free meal.

Those on the left also agree that “peace is extremely important.” They believe that they have “understanding, appreciation and protection for the welfare of all people and for nature” and they feel “close to people all over the world.” Wolf-Packs generally “believes that offenders should be provided with counselling to aid in their rehabilitation.” Then why do we still all strive equally hard to attain the greater good, and are we all inherently born good, if so why do we do wrong, and do we all aspire for more of same?

Wolf-Packs—ideologically tend to repulse facts–their policy and responses are ineffective and bear no relation to reality or facts, its emotional decision making. Egocentric management styles, that not only represents the collective of Wolf-Packs manner, and experiences of men, trying to figure out man, and how to live with him, peacefully, but also on what grounds may I take from him, that’s also- justifiable.

Opposed to lions that respect each other’s stuff – property –although they likewise share a similar thought process, yet they come to different conclusions. George Lakoff of the linguistics department at the University of California at Berkeley argues that “ lions believe in individual responsibility alone, not social responsibility. Therefore, a lion and a traditionalist is not the same thing… lions don’t think government should help its citizens, and be charitable, we must work, each to his own trade. That is, they also don’t think citizens should help each other.” 2) lions believe that employees who “contribute more to the success of the company” should “receive a larger share” of the pie and they value “social status and prestige, control or dominance over people and resources.” The differences of opinion on war and peace are extreme, reflecting the importance of the hawk-dove split between the parties. Many on the right agree with few qualms that “war is sometimes the best way to solve a conflict” and that “there is nothing wrong in getting back at someone who has hurt you.”

Lions believe “that ‘an eye for an eye’ is the correct philosophy for punishing offenders,” and they endorse the view that “the ‘old-fashioned ways’ and ‘old-fashioned values’ still show the best way to live.” It feels wrong to them when “a person commits a crime and goes unpunished.” From the beginning, “respect for authority is something all children need to learn.” This might all seem obvious, but actually seeing how the world looks to the most representative members of the left and the right helps us understand why the gulf between the sides is so deep. They talk right past each other. Analyzing the hurdles facing Democracy in motion, the politics that influence our strategies, are the policies practiced on the streets, and in government… If, as is increasingly the case, left and right see their opposites as morally corrupt, the decision to cut the benefits or raise the taxes of the other side become easy – too easy — to justify. Do we still need choice or free will, does it in fact exist, or is free will just a political campaigning trick?

Man can indeed do what he wants, where he want, as he wants, but he cannot have all what he wants’, we learn the influence of our will from experience alone. No amount of rules can keep us safe from crossing over and doing bad things. And experience only teaches us, how one event constantly follows another, what gets rewarded and what gets punished. We are truly a planet of two types of beings, lions and Wolf-Packs recruiting sheep… The one thing that makes us all stupid is having the ability to choose. Strategy would have truly been a great thing without an abundance of “Politically” motivated choices. Again, with all politics, there’s that pesky “potential for abuse” which requires us to carefully regulate free will with our strategies, we don’t want people to bring their political views into play with strategy, strategy speaks to lions, but wolves need it more.

Choice or choosing right from wrong corrupts us all. Wolves are more daring, lions more careful, balance these two powers in your strategies. Choice is nothing else but an exercise in bias, (exercising a preconceived notion) for now enter all the kings of chaos; Free will, Rights, Religion, Reasoning, Morality, Law, Tradition, Education, Norms, Tendencies, Trends, Standing, Perception, Emotion and the list goes on… yes, choice has a tail that circles the earth many times, right to our first choice ever, in the garden, of creation.

So choose wisely the men and woman that you will be leading your strategies with…

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All the views and opinions expressed here are purely illustrative, and in no way reflect any views of any institution I belong to or affiliate with…

The Gravity of Strategy

5 Oct

“The Seven Pillars of Gravity” define the physical and abstract nature of our adversaries.

Strength and weakness, both physical and abstract, are mixtures of Yin and Yang. Where nothing remains stagnant, where strong becomes weaker, and weak becomes stronger in changing cycles. Where strength and weakness is brought about by influences. Then it stands to reason that we can influence things, to either make them stronger or weaker. By linking certain common attributes of business design to concepts, we can create models of any contemplated aspect of company design and relate it back to a physical form, to see where it is strong and weak. Then, by identifying and studying their objectives, we will be able to get a better idea of what is their strategy is all about, identifying their abstracts of reasoning, where are they hoping to go with it and what are they doing both right and wrong to get there. The picture becomes clear, then the abstracts of their strategy becomes concrete and factual to us. We deal better on factual basis as opposed to hypotheses and assumptions with finding solutions. We have now successfully identified the two crucial aspects of disseminating a design, and defined the physical and abstracts strengths and weakness of the adversary. Remember, every strategic aim consists of commonalities; the vision, mission and objectives. However, these attributes of strategy conceal the tactics used, it does not define the actual flow and direction for us, where one objective can become several objectives with smaller goals, that requires “things” in order to work. We can influence thought and the abstract of it, but we can create or destroy physical means. With strategy, something’s are physical, clearly observable and tangible, and other things are of abstract nature – mainly referring to reasoning, culture, paradigms etc… Combined they form the organisation and its purpose. However, what they all require is a vehicle to bring them into effect, and that vehicle is systems. Systems need things and people to operate, so that makes them the perfect target, for it is the weakest, as it is the most reliant and vulnerable to change, influence and its dependencies. Where abstracts – their “objectives”- are seen as essential forces of strategy that cause “gravity” – weakness – because they need things to survive too, and they could exhaust resources and place burdens on systems.  Objectives, with sub-ordinates, causes a polarity, that impacts on other parallel objectives, that impact on the total system at some point or stage. If un-checked it could cause failure, bottlenecks, or total systems collapse.  Therefore, if we target certain main objectives and systems, we can cause the strategy and the organisation to fail. In order to achieve success in business one must achieve objectives and goals consistently and well. If we want to succeed whilst gaining momentum, we have to find ways to minimise risk and weakness, thus eliminate gravity, by closing the door on our competition, and as we do, we will gain some better competitive advantages. Our focus as organisation must shift to our ability to sustain systems, the ability to change objectives, and create situations that causes friction for the opposition, and not us, where the competitions system becomes stuck, or weak, because of the pressure we are exerting on them because of our strategy. By making them adhere to our tactics, then we can create and dictate the trend, either by destroying, or depriving them of their ability to stop us. This is also known as manoeuvring. In order to obtain this objective, we focus on physical means first, to understand what they are, and how are they structured to form the organisation. We can employ the7 pillars of gravity model, to serve as the focus point of efforts in planning our EBO. This gives us an ideal three-dimensional model of our radical strategy and that of the opposition, we are not designing strategy in a silo. By having analysed the physical attributes of the adversary, we take that data and deposit it into our model. Anything that can function on its own and is free and able to make decisions, as to where it will go and what it will do, has a determinable character, with attributes, like an organism, that leaves an influence and signature in its habitat. Depriving an organisation of its physical means, or distorting its gravity – making it weaker where it is weak already – won’t always stop it, but a mix of both will, combined. Having defined the opponents systems attributes – then pillars emerge, it then gets broken down into the seven pillars.

The first Pillar is the core or leadership. – Here we build up a profile of who the leaders are, how they makes decisions, and how they get influenced. Their individual character traits, are they emotional, conservative, echo centric, or bureaucratic decision makers. If we ask the right questions we get the right answers. By finding opposing forces, like we saw in the yin yang model, we can draw many conclusions and assumptions. Chief executive officers leave trails and we can interview people to ascertain more information about them, providing us with a clear view of the brain behind the strategic direction, the guidance and control over the entire system.  Breaking one finger, will render a hand useless. We don’t want to take on the whole organisation just their weakest links. If we identify that their command and control element is it, then that is where we will focus on. “It and it alone is absolutely essential in the sense that there can be no substitute for command and control, and without the brain the body becomes useless, even though technically alive, it is no longer operating at the strategic level.”  The organising portion of the entities possesses will stall, the ability to decides the who, what, where, when and how, will become severed and useless. Direction and movement will depend greatly on the influence of the “head”. 

The Second Pillar is called organic essentials or physical means. – liken to food and oxygen for humans. Things that we cannot live without. Logistics; Service Providers, Manufactures, Transport grids, Warehousing, Transportation and Suppliers. The organisations life blood, where the heart and lungs pump blood and air as organic essentials without which, “the brain cannot perform its strategic function.”  Organic essentials are not of equal importance to the brain because, “a heart without a brain, is a very expensive, complex pump without meaning or ability to act or effect.” We could start buying stock from the same supplier and be willing to pay more should he agree to only supply to us for the next year, exclusivity contracts, sole supplier mandates, this could include buying out the transportation contractor of our opposition and using them for other contracts that we have negotiated. Offering better services to his suppliers, buy buying bulk materials and selling the over flow to other suppliers. In short, everything that the businesses requires or are reliant on to function, as its support systems and life lines, is viewed here.

The third Pillar is the infrastructure or bones. – Blood vessels and muscles, they are important but we can adopt work-around capabilities to enable us to function without them.  Infrastructure can move the organic essentials and support the brain but the body can exist without them. By spreading your vulnerability across a wide front by decentralising and flattening your organisational structure as a first step, you will in essence be out designing your competition. Here we focus on structural design and how to change the nature of the skeleton, of the beast. By streamlining structure, we will be speeding up and will produce faster turnaround times…The other aspect is a foot can compete with a foot and a hand with a hand, so do not try to break a market by introducing a structure that will not fit. Partnerships are not off the cards here as well, many big monopolies do this, they merely trade under different brand names but in essence all the working parts are the exact same thing, it is just the designs and interfaces that have changed. The customers are happy and high quality goods are under mass production, bring down prices so the same two seemingly competitors are flooding a market with high quality goods that their competitors just cannot match.

The fourth Pillar is population, cells. – The human capital and corporate culture they have -a human body can lose a substantial amount of cells (people) and continue to function effectively, we need to find out if this will hold true here as well. Is this organisation held together by, ethics and feelings of job security, loyalty and or financial gains for hard work, performance orientated…. If not what is the glue? What holds it together during hard and difficult times? Do a SWAT analysis, of the competitor. 

The fifth pillar is the defensive mechanism.  – That forms the protective ability of the organism to defend itself – its immune system.  The interconnectivity of the human element with the systems and the set of subsystems, what type of interfaces and communication systems, protocols and policy within each pillar is seen to be fundamentally strong or weak, viewed as parts of the system, a microcosm of the larger entity.  To relate this aspect of the human body model, how would a weak heart effect the system, how would an injury to the structure affect that organ, (if the chief designer were to resign) or the total loss of one part of the system, would it have a significant impact on the remaining parts. 

The Sixth Pillar is understanding their strategy and design. – By taking these two ideas of interconnectivity and its effects, and interlocking them – how well are they aligned with their strategy – perfect, or asymmetrical. We create a model, which provides planners and strategist with the ability to examine the adversary as a system within a strategy, because it (the model) “tells us what detailed questions to ask and it suggests a priority for the questions that should follow”.   It is believed that the commander is at the heart of the strategy centre; the next pillar includes the organic essentials, or logistics.  Lines of communications; the command and control structure, its interlocking networks that form the infrastructure or third pillar.  Support staffs form the fourth pillar and the influences form the fifth pillar, is an applicable tool for campaign design and operational planning focus. Having identified all their centres of gravity – is it designed to be technically superior and expensive, or simple and multiple.

The Seventh Pillars of tactical and strategic advantage.  Developing your own forms of attack and counter attack gives rise to the formation of “parallel attack.”  Parallel attack is the ability to strike at a vast array of  “targets” across a strategic front. By having a decentralised structure, your system can function in silos, should the main system come under attack, the rest will still function uninhibited. Thus when “attacking” a centralised controlled structure, it is very easy to predict how it will respond with tactics and strategy, even when it is routed, so its history holds its future because of the pillars that support it. However, when decentralised, you have many autonomous “smaller heads” and “ smaller pillars” that are strategically and tactically empowered to act compellingly different. How will you attack that? Hereby rendering them less susceptible to a single attack that will dislodge and defeat them. Thus attacking in parallel would cause significant damage and not enable the competition to rebuild his losses.  Serial attacks are the opposite of parallel attack in which only a small number of targets are struck and in doing so, enable the enemy to quickly repair any damage.  Instead of just focusing on only 1 or 2 targets, forces in parallel attack would disperse and simultaneously strike a wide array of targets, at the operational and strategic level.  When targets are diversified, the perception and paradigm, the abstracts are better attacked, that the physical. In striking these simultaneous with parallel blows, the competition loses hope and balance, striving to achieve the effect of “reducing the effectiveness of the overall system.” Just by changing perception. In this theory the centre of gravity is unpacked into the “Seven pillars of gravity”, or the seven joints of balance, it also supports the linkage of this concept to executing effects based operations. This model views centres of gravity, as composed of both vulnerabilities and strengths, always changing, depending on how they are designed and approached. The Seventh Pillar is all about understanding and finding external influences to counter internal influences beforehand. The seventh pillar is an internal look at what we have, opposed to what they have, and how to best utilise it against the opposition if it comes to that, both in attacking him, or defending us from him, or a counter attack. How to hide our own vulnerabilities and exploit that of the competitions, what can we learn, apply, and share if need be, it is all about developing models of expertise, running simulations, and scenarios, to know the enemy is to know oneself it is said. This knowledge is formulated as doctrines to counter competitor’s strategies and to be ready to attack them if they attack you. Battle is not the place where you want to face reality for the first time, and wish you had a few tanks as well. People who say, that no one will use tactics like this in business, it’s too farfetched, and absolutely ludicrous, are naive.    

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1 Apr

The number one element of business survival in the very near future will be the ability to influence your own corporate culture.

This aspect some predict will become the life blood of all organisations in the near future others say it’s already becoming a critical indicator informing production and profit margins.

How farfetched an idea that corporate culture can make or break a company, really?

Maybe we should look at the bigger picture, and only then draw some distinctions that will inform us as to how close to home this will peg, if it is truly, or will become a reality beckoning.

Don’t compete with internal rivals, take the initiative with labour, lead them around by the nose, or they will you.  Make them irrelevant. Labour has a voice, but when this voice become a political one you are in for hard times. If you have internal rivalry from labour elements, then it’s time to take the bull by the horns, and shake some sense into him. When labour mobilizes and politicise issues, then it’s because they need leadership, and have take the intuitive from you, because of a lack of leadership. The signs and symptoms are really obvious; they will start threatening, then withholding service, and then demanding, intimidating and then open confrontation and even violence will ensue.

Easier said than done, or is it? Companies have long since engaged with employees in head to head engagements on wage for labour issues. Better working condition and other labour issues, to name but a few.  Since we have become unionised and labour rights inclined we have lost most of our grip on the employees, and have had to find alternative methods of getting the most out of our employees. This is not what this article is about, it’s about creating a sound, normative culture…that will serve both side well, labour and employer. But there needs to be a natural order, balance and respect in place before these action can take place.

This is a huge paradigm shift.

In order for this to happen we have to grip the organisation by the jugular; and create a new value curve. That will influence how we manage and influence corporate culture. We need to address a few points in order to be in a position to address corporate culture…

By examining the value curve we embrace;

  1. Reduce the factors that dictate the power balance between employer and employee;
    1. By looking at best practices
    2. Industry standard
    3. Mitigation of identified risk elements; strikes, layoffs, HIV aids, socio economic, political issues, and public transport etc internal and external influence, must be identified, prioritised, and address as best possible.
  2. Create the factors that will give us leverage and the initiative to deal with all aspects of labour.
    1. Enforce discipline as a matter of daily order and function – consistently and fairly
    2. Offer benefits no one else can equal
    3. Opportunities for growth
  3. Raise the standards and reward accordingly
    1. Incentives, overtime, bonuses, performance bonuses, time off etc
  4. Eliminate waist, and factors that contribute to friction
    1. Email and telephone abuse
    2. Late coming etc..
    3. None performers, slackers, bottom feeders
    4. Raise the bar – raise the pay grading
    5. Define what is a job well done
    6. What is expected and how will one be rewarded and appraised, on paper.

Creating a new value curve; emits new hope. People need hope to cope with the daily reality; they need to feel that they amount to something greater than them, and are part of its creation. The value curve creates focus on critical under currents that effect how culture in the company grows and flows, into production, and leadership.

Then no one can  ride management like a rodeo horse;

In order to break with tradition, you need to create focus; all employees must come face to face with their new reality, and start absorbing it and living it, one bump at a time. Don’t let anyone hypothesise and dramatize any aspect. You tell them how it is, will be, and has to be. No funny business. Then you surprise them and show them what can be done how to do it and how to get the results… face it people, seeing is believing.  Get them out of denial and onto solid ground, let them see their feet again, so that they know they can stand, on their own two feet, and walk, let alone run. What this implies is, let people solve their work station problems themselves; you have to give control here to get control at the higher tiers back – culture.  There is always a need to revise and review strategy – never get stuck in conformity. Even if we manage by statistic and statically everything is 100%, get down to the ground and gain the experience that inform the statistics to make sure it’s a true reflection…

It’s all about perception management; closing the gap between where we were, and where we want to be, takes effort. Labour is renowned for employing guerrilla tactics, and using their “wear them down strategies”, by stone-walling and delaying all forms of change and implantation, except as much.  These good initiatives, reasoning being people will lose their perceived power, as leaders and unions. Then all is lost they own us again… as i said; it’s all perception and denial…

In summary, take care of your “life blood”, your corporate culture, and play the political game, if not it might take care of you in unexpected and challenging ways…

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