Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.
Strategy 101 is about choices: You can’t be all things to all people.
Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?
As a civil servant in charge of the government’s Strategy Unit, I brought in many people from outside government, including academia and science, to work in the unit, dissecting and solving complex problems from GM crops to alcohol, nuclear proliferation to schools reform.
You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.
We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.
Finally, strategy must have continuity. It can’t be constantly reinvented.
Arafat conducts terror; his strategy is the strategy of terror.
The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
Unlike the interference of ordinary interest, power, or prejudice, which touches philosophy only at its outskirts and becomes at most a matter for philosophical tactics, the claim of revelation to the highest truth touches philosophy at its core and must affect its whole strategy.