Tactical approaches can undermine useful strategies.

And knowing your goals and the reason for the game is the best way to avoid the problem.

Tactical thinking forces us to think in stages. He says, “here’s a situation, what’s your best reaction / response?” “

The strategic approach asks a different question: “Does playing this particular tactical game get me closer to why I’m here in the first place?” “

The strategies don’t change. They are not a secret. It doesn’t matter if your peers or opponents know your strategy.

Tactics, on the other hand, change often and are generally best kept silent.

So why are we so addicted to tactics?

It starts with: Strategies can be scary. If we say what we want and how we hope to achieve it, two things could happen: we could fail, and it would disappoint us, or we could succeed, and it would scare us.

It’s easier to respond just by engaging in another tactical turn that the world has presented to us. You can spend your days doing nothing but playing around with tactics and never realizing that you don’t even have a strategy.

What do you want? What change are you looking to make, how do you want to spend your days? How are you going to get there ?

Determining which games you are not going to play is a good step on the way to defining your strategy.


Unrelated but timely: A Publish from 13 years ago on meetings, and my Podcast of this week on the same topic.

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