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What makes advice strategic and great?

2 Sep

truthFirstly what is advice then?

The dictionary describes advice as being; an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct or way ahead. Therefore, strategic advice is an opinion, or a recommendation, that will give you an advantage over others, leverage, or a way to action what you intend to do.

It’s therefore not a Hot cliché – the likes of; “Inspire your team” and you will reap the benefits, “feedback is the breakfast of champions”, we have all heard these, always a winner, “great leadership advice”, but how do you pull that off anyway, if all of these clichés stem from attributes of strategy and not elements, if you have no report with a team yet, how can you inspire them? So is it still great advice or even advice at all? No!

No cliché is ever great or even good advice, or even advice for that matter, its sales talk and not great advice at all; great advice is something that takes us from cradle to grave. Giving good advice means turning the power of situational analysis on, creating insight, and understanding, and transferring that into straight, clear, actionable answers. Things that you can do in practice…

Now, if you think about it, most things in life then starts with us having to go/ or say “YES” to it, first, yes is somehow the prelude to any possible action. We normally seek advice on actionable items in our environment, or life, and business for that matter. That requires us to do, think and feel positive about it, so that we can say yes to it.

Yes, I will marry you – for instance is just a great example of how you have to commit, to an actionable decision, and start working towards making it work, and then making it a success, and them making it last – sustainable… that’s the whole process in a nut shell. So yes, and saying yes, requires us to seek advice.

This aspect of strategy – and almost everything we as living things do is part or becomes strategy that is driven by a desire to survive, prosper, and expand.  Early on in life I already realised that planning is the way to get what you want or need, and most of that did not come from books, or training, but trial and error, so too most of what I know about leadership didn’t come from having read (several) business books, any formal education, or things that I read up on or conferences or seminars  attended, or even leaders I have met, knew and worked with.

It came from self determination, a positive outlook, resilience, patience – is a virtue – its the learned ability to apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure and a mind-set that get one to go, and say yes, requires positive karma. (Karma is the total effect of a person’s actions – good and bad – and conduct – or lack thereof – during the successive phases of the person’s existence, that brings about good or bad things, emanating from energy, that goes where attention flows. So if you practice good, and concentrate on good – you will multiply same, and so to with bad.)

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Tools for Predators:

20 Mar

There was a question by Constantinus Fery http://twitter.com/#!/Constantinue what is the most appropriate tools to conquers the market for predator? 😀

 

Why the Predator within us?

The “Predator” within us, has to be awakened, as he has the true spirit of choice and action. Unlike sheep following the flock, sheep are soft, vulnerable, susceptible and gullible. They live and work in a world of denial and perception. Predators are individuals, seeking truth, they realise the importance of moral, spiritual and ethical living. The think and live outside the realm of “normality”. By enhancing our Predatory instincts, they can serve us well still, in our modern day roles, as specialist tacticians, leaders, managers and master strategist; we inherited this skill from our ancestors. We were ultimately engineered to adapt and exploit our habitat to our advantage. We were born to hunt, to dominate, to ascertain knowledge, to lead and affect change and to survive any complexity that change presents, even at varying degrees, throughout our life cycle. In strategic terms, a chosen learned mental enhanced state of existence. The predatory instincts within us, drives us still today, to prey, the only changed aspect is a higher sense of prey, knowledge. To ultimately satisfy our modern day “predatorial” need for order and balance in the pack status of society. The only thing that has to change is our mental sight or insight. The pursuit is more moral and ethical standards – paradigms- of living, for everyone, especially our children. The Predator drive and frame of mind radiates vigilance. This field of predatory expertise is called Epistemology today and it is better explained as: the study of knowledge and its acquisition. All human’s to a greater or lesser extent has perused this through the ages, the hunt and pursuit of knowledge, the growth of wisdom and understanding, the wanting to know. The earnest desire, to live a life of purpose and balance in all its facets is a spiritual one. We all want to survive and succeed, no matter how great the odds and still remain faithful to our virtues.

THE TOOLS:

OODA; Observation, Orientation, Decision, Act…

Tools for Predators (Part 2):

Primitive “Predatorial” traits are what we experience during the fight, flight, and surrender response with engagements of will, with others more aggressive than us. Strategy is aggressive; it’s invasive, intrusive, in your face. Or just plainly when we become the aggressor, when we want things done our way. The first aspect that surfaces in this behaviour is where we see that people seek justification. They want to justify why they are aggressive, assertive, and pushy. We want to be able to justify to ourselves and others the reason and cause of our aggressive behaviour; this includes behaviour and acts; such as domination, manipulation, belittling, character assassination, bargaining, threatening, persuasion, and whatever the situation is that pushed our buttons to act.

This is the behaviour that equates to predator behaviour; what’s more is this, when we study predators we see very little aggression…to the point where they kill each other. It’s all about domination; having a rank, and position in the tribe, and demanding and exercising that right.

The tool predators use most to get what they want is simple, yet highly effective and both efficient.

The first tool is the; OODA loop; the OODA loop is an acronym used by fighter pilots to spot other fighters during dog fights, close quarter combat, with other planes.

Tool one; OODA; implies; Observation, Orientation, Decision, Act

We firstly need to observe; this implies having to scan, to investigate, and to perform some research of the environment. The aim is to gather essential information. That can be processed. Once we get a picture of the environment, then me can Orientate.

Orientation; implies finding reverences – things we can relate to, a point of reverence, a starting point, direction, bearing, meaning, concepts, getting a sense of being, height, temperature, up down etc… it’s all “situationally appropriate”.

Decision; here we need to make decisions; as to have we got enough information yet, do we need to observe some more, and orientate some more before we make decisions.

Act; is the last step, once we have acted we restart the loop, w can skip steps, and move back and forth… its open emended.

The tools predators use need to be aligned, the same, and need to work…
This is law…Natural Law…we just don’t seem to get the basics of strategy right; We want to over complicate things, because our strategic knowledge has been a cut and paste exercise, we take what we like and mix it up. No two strategies today in the business world will work with the same strategic pattern. Each to his own. In War this will equate, to infantry, artillery, and navy commanders all put together to command the NASA space program. Rather simplify. Lead with achromous, patterns people can study and refine, and with time perfect. Then mange them with wisdom, experience and with flair…

Unity of effort is a principle of War. If we do not act, think, and plan along the same lines, we will become segmented…predators seldom hunt alone.

Now – Read the book or Ebook; Read more in my new book Strategic Management, The Radical Revolutionary Strategic Management Matrix for Predators by Reinier Geel, now available at Trafford;http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=339320

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