How much do I want to read more? 6/10
It might seems like a niche topic (war), but it has a wider use (psychology, leadership, company, politics…)
The book is actually an easy read, will bullet point paragraphs. It gives example of the past war, leaders, and strategists.
It seems to be well worth the read.
I wonder what it says about Napoleon Bonaparte.
Strategic thinking sharpens your awareness of the world around you so that previously inexplicable events become intelligible.
Seemingly isolated events are connected to each other in patterns that we can readily recognize.
These are the same tools that inform both corporate strategy staffs and military intelligence units in accomplishing scenario development, strategic choice, and tactical execution.
our own self-perception and the perception of the world around us can have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of our strategy.
The World of Strategic Thinking
A Cultivated Skill
We aren’t born with a fully developed ability to think strategically. It is a skill that must be cultivated and practiced. In fact, most people are stuck in the mode of cognitive confinement, or static thinking; they consciously reject thinking about tomorrow.
Albert Einstein once observed that insanity is the propensity to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results each time. This is the antithesis of strategic thinking, and it occurs in the workplace more often than we’d like to admit.
We all think about the future, of course, but there is a difference between strategic thinking and daydreaming about what might be.
Strategic thinking is about setting goals and developing long-range plans to reach those goals, plans based on careful analysis of internal and external environments and on the actions of others.
Key Terms, Definitions, and Concepts
“strategic intent” = "big idea" (the home you’d like to buy, the career you’d like to have)
“strategy” = more than a plan. a way of perceiving and considering the future with our aims and goals in mind.
It is also a way of dealing with a constantly changing environment, both responding to that environment.
Sun Tzu (The Art of War): any practitioner of strategy must constantly adapt to the fluid nature of reality.
Strategy versus Tactics
tactics are the execution of strategy.
If your strategy is to become a doctor or lawyer, the courses you take are part of that strategy, but the ways you choose to study and prepare would be tactics.
Strategic Theory and Thinking
“Choosing a different set of activities” enabled the ancient general Hannibal to defeat the far more numerous Romans at the Battle of Cannae in 216 B.C. and allowed Apple to play a significant role in the personal computer revolution of the 1980s.