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What is Killing Strategy?

3 Aug

The pace of change isn’t slowing down we can all attest to that – it’s accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Life is becoming expensive, demanding, and trying even… Mankind has seen more change in the past century than in all of recorded history combined, and we’ll be seeing even more. This aspect is forcing people into some form of survival mode, both at work and some even in their relationships. Interestingly, it’s also bringing about new management phenomenon.

Turbulent times

People are confusing change with strategy today. These two words are not mutually exclusive or interchangeable. Change is used as a tool today to force sudden events upon us, to take place, and thinking it will render magical results without proper planning. Strategy on the other hand is systematically, planed, informed decision making, where change is haphazard – turbulent.

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Where do our “Generic Strategies” combine with our social nature?

22 Sep

Introduction

The term “generic strategy”

Generic strategy” in the true sense and essence of it, is very much part and parcel of our everyday life and has a life and purpose of its own. Just like fire it gives energy off and fuels what is to come.

“Generic strategy” is that significant and pivotal to our existence, it is the “carbon atom”, of strategy.

So-much-so that it is hardwired into our DNA – it is our very own human operating “software”, if that makes better sense – it is strategy operating at the core, making us fit for survival and co-existing. Without it we would have acted purely instinctive, animalistic even some believe.

The popular Porter model by the same name, generic strategy, is not in discussion here.

No, the term “generic strategy” embraces everything strategic, human, and instinctive; allow me a few minutes to explain, it does not only infer an exclusive one model definition.  Strategy as a rule simply cannot exist if not for generic strategy existing originally.

To explain this statement, we need to start with linguistics first and then build up the concept.

All strategic concepts are defined by “CAPS”:

A. Concepts,

B. Attributes,

C. Perceptions,

D. Systems.

  1. In this instance the concept is referred to as “generic”

Starting off and borrowing from the Latin here; the word “Generic” infers “genus”, to mean a kind or species, otherwise when translated into the English, we get something of a general occurrence/ application -having a wide or general application then – also when used in conjunction with explaining behavior, it means to explain common exhibited traits very specific to a group or a class of people, species, clan or society, describing their nature, (as a basic mannerism) or a way of dealing with things. Continue reading

Finding leaders fit to lead is a question of perception and specifics

30 Apr

How we perceive leaders, and their characteristics, is how we will formulate a leadership role and function. It is seldom based on facts, in the main it’s more of a personal flavour we can or want to associate with, perception is seldom informed, and it is a condition, of conditioning. We see leaders the way they are portrayed in the media, by comrades, equals, friends, family, piers, and because of their status.

Therefore; developing leaders is no easy task. As we first have to change people’s perception about what leadership is, it is not a charismatic outlook, a fairy-tale, or a comic book hero. Leaders are fallible, mortal, and have a history each. This binds them, good and bad.

Leadership therefore is not a condition, a state of existence that is effective at a certain point of its life cycle, in performing specific and required functions, of whatever nature required well. No, leadership is a chosen action that is circumstantial, a leader does not lead daily, or every waken moment, no, it’s by choice. We make a conscious decision to act the part, and take the lead, and direct, command, and organise. It takes very little talent, but it does stake a lot of is confidence that comes from experience.

It never ends there either. Looking for the right raw material and trying to mould someone into a leader has proven to be a hit and miss affair. As leadership requirements differ from day-to-day, from situation to situation, and so I can site many instances. The crux of this matter is; it is never just that one thing, or two, or three or even a list, which will guarantee a good profile of leadership ability ever.

Psychology, science and academia even military tradition have also given it a go, and still, there is no one size fits all.

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Strategy without a solid corner stone, sociology – will become a mental stonewall, built with only bias and denial.

9 Dec

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We are our own worst enemy

How many times have you heard that? Indeed it true, we are our own worst enemy, especially when it comes to neglecting to think about or do certain things that we don’t want or like, somehow we almost instinctively steer away from that which we don’t like or want. However, it’s not always ideal, especially where its things we have to deal with, then simply avoiding them does not mean they don’t exist any more, or will go away, we have all I am sure practiced this behaviour, when we start using avoidance, or denial, then we are in fact just poisoning our mental well-being (or capacity).

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Not everything labelled “Grand Strategy” is just that – Grand or even Strategy…

4 Nov

By definition; Grand Strategy; refers to a complexity of power, residing in strategic elements, both prevalent and indispensable for achieving very large-scale objectives such as winning a War or changing the political course of a nation.

In truth, No business ever reaches such a scale of work flow on the strategic level implied here. The launch of a new product for instance, could not possibly qualify for this analysis as “grand strategy” however important they are to those directly involved with it, it is still nowhere near the scale and scope of a true grand strategy – like WAR for instance.

 

Still, daily the term Grand Strategy is used out of context.

 

Now in business; for an enterprise, the “Grand Strategy”  – to be termed one – should include a cradle to grave approach, with for instance; prior calculations, assumptions, and research (by experts) on the business assumptions made in relation to what will actually be required to achieve various and diverse objectives simultaneously, through the application of concurrent running strategies – with simultaneous employment of divergent strategies and tactics for instance. Even then, it’s still not that clear-cut, or qualifies as a Grand Strategy.

The rules are different; for business there are no such things as peace and war, no transition from politics to War to achieve their aims with. It’s all substituted; there is intensive competition and “civilised rivalry” – a battle fought on supply and demand estimates – every day, but there is no conflict in which someone dies, no, contrary the outcome is severely constrained by laws, treaties, and regulation – quite civilised.

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We are still not getting the basics of strategy right, are we?

14 Oct

We need to do this strategic, we have a strategy, and it’s our strategy… You hear about it all the time. Executives like to say “strategy” this “strategy“ that, we hear it a lot, then it sounds big, complicated and even important.

When in fact it is far from it…strategy is not always complicated

Strategy in itself – at the basic level – is very simple actually; it’s dealing with the details that can make it seem complicated.

We seem to get stuck in the details of the scheme mostly, and not really in strategy making itself.

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Index of posts on this blog – Strategic Management

2 Jul

Looking at the basic concepts of cognitive Strategic Management

23 Jun

Background

Strategic management should exist at all levels of management for it to have any value and impact. This is well taught and understood, however, we never teach cognitive strategy, the part where we need critical thinking, to put it all together, the theory and the practice. With that said, it must be seen to be overlapping and intersecting, like limbs on a body. For the theory on strategy is all good, but without the mental maps, and critical thinking we can’t draw strategic deductions, then things are just organised chaos.

Strategy needs a tight fit between mental and practical application. Because it gets easily influenced both by internal aspects; like culture, perception, structure, policy, politics, finances, perception and bias, to name but a few, all of them way to powerful forces to trust not to interfere.

 

Thant’s just internally, then we still need to go externally, starting with the immediate environment surrounding the habitat; legislation, rates and taxes, infrastructure, government policy, local area challenges, etc… The point is strategy is part of something; therefore it connects to everything else, before it gets its own character and purpose.

Strategy derived from a need, a necessity, tends to serves a purpose. It aligns parts to form a whole, to steer an agenda with.

This process needs more insight; the thin line that joins cognitive and relative, as we navigate strategy we find many more diversions, setting in. Everyone and thing seems to want to divert us. Therefore it’s important to be systematic and critical when thinking, and applying a strategic mind set. It requires a set process…that will unite and focus efforts… Continue reading

Building better organizations…

13 Mar

Building better organizations with healthier productive people requires insight, and experience.

The sociological perspective is crucial for working in todays multiethnic and multinational business environments. Strategic planning and decision processes should end with objectives and a roadmap of ways to achieve them. The goal of strategic planning; is to increase operational effectiveness overall – holistically -, to eliminate waist, especially when long-term and high-stake activities are involved. When these two elements don’t meet – organisational / industrial psychology and strategy -, we get to see all the good, the bad, and the ugly in human nature….erupt.

Taking some time, and evaluating the usefulness, and application of both, by unpacking them, could bring us to some new insights.

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