War and Business

There are many similarities between War and Business and in both cases the victor is the one who uses Superior Strategy against their competition.

There are three military strategies we should apply to our business every single day. The first idea from the military is called the Maneuver. In military terms a maneuver means that we should be clear about the goal, but be flexible about the process of achieving it.

The key to quality performance is for us to accept feedback and self correct. Peak performers are those who can take information from their environment and even if the information is contrary to all of their planning, they will accept the information, modify their plans, and continue moving forward. They are always open for new ideas and insights.

The second military strategy we may use is the gathering of Intelligence. Simply put “Get the all facts!” The most important thing in business decision making is for us to get accurate information. Facts do not lie. It is important that we get the real facts, not the assumed facts or the apparent facts or the obvious facts, or the hoped for facts, but the real, provable facts.

The key job of the business leader is decision making. The quality of the decisions that we make will be in direct proportion to the amount of time that we take to gather timely and accurate information. The very best thing that we can do, if we have insufficient information, is to delay making a decision at all.

The third military strategy applied to strategic planning is the Economy of Force. Economy of force means that we expend only the resources necessary to achieve the objective and not anything more. It also means that we commit sufficient resources to achieve the objective once we have decided upon it.

Since our own personal energy is all we really have to invest over the course of our lifetime, the military strategy of economy says that we should be very selfish when deciding how we are going to use ourselves. Keep asking, “How important is this?” and more important, “How important is this to me?”

Here are a couple of ideas that we may apply immediately to be more strategic in our business. First and foremost, remain flexible when we are working towards our goals. In times of rapid change, all of our best ideas may be contradicted by new information. Be willing to try different things. Be open to new inputs and ideas.

Then, get the facts! The more and better information we can acquire before we make a decision, the better our decision will be. The very best leaders spend a good amount of time getting the real, provable facts before they take action.

“Remember, Success is always Within Reach”

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