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29 Lessons From The Greatest Strategic Minds Who Ever Lived, Fought, Or Led

The ‘Draw-Down Period’

Before he would jump into an idea and go full steam, take a reflective period to step back ask yourself: "What do I really have here? Do I actually have something? What am I hoping to accomplish?”

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29 Lessons From The Greatest Strategic Minds Who Ever Lived, Fought, Or Led

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Tactical Hell

It is a place where we are perpetually reactive to other people’s demands and needs, driven by emotional instead of logical impulses.

We need to escape it and see things objectively and with detachment, from a distance.

The Art of Negative Visualization

This is a stoic lesson, to visualize failure in advance.

It helps because if you imagine failure you start seeing all the ways that have led to that result. And you can start actively working on addressing and mitigating them in advance.

The ‘Draw-Down Period’

Before he would jump into an idea and go full steam, take a reflective period to step back ask yourself: "What do I really have here? Do I actually have something? What am I hoping to accomplish?”

Actively Seek Criticism

If you want to be successful, leave no room for your ego.

You actively submit your strategic plans to feedback and criticism—that’s how they get better.

Seeing Things As They Are

Strategy requires objectivity and seeing things as they are. 

It requires us to put aside how our emotions cloud our thinking with fear overconfidence and see how the situation truly is.

Adopt Systems & Processes

With a system in place, you can better do the most essential job of a strategist: think long term.

To put into practice your vision, you need systems, routines and rituals—structures that prevent you from sliding off the track. 

Form a Red Team

This is a team with a simple job: to find holes and problems in your plan.

Leave your ego out and be grateful when people expose flaws in your approach.

Deal With Problems Early

The best time to do it was yesterday, the next best is right now. 

Don’t put off dealing with your problems. They will only grow.

Beware of Specialization

If you become too myopic and focused on your scope of work, you might lose contact with the bigger picture.

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7 Characteristics Of Strategic Thinkers

  1. Vision: they use a mix of logic and creativity to define ambitious but rigorous visions of what needs to be achieved. 
  2. Framework: taking into account their own biases, timeline and resources, they can define their objectives and develop multiple action plans.
  3. Perceptiveness: they observe and understand the world from all the different perspectives. 
  4. Assertiveness: They’re good at evaluating, deciding and promptly executing their decisions without letting doubts fog their vision. 
  5. Flexibility: they seek advice to compensate for their weaknesses and then twist their ideas and framework to achieve their goals. But they are flexible without breaking the rules. 
  6. Emotional Balance: they are aware and balance their emotions so as to favor the achievement of their goals. 
  7. Patience: they understand that most achievements are a long-term endeavor involving various milestones and a lot of effort. 

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Boss-mode vs worker-mode

Knowledge workers usually have to play 2 roles at the same time - the boss and the worker: They have to choose what their work is (boss-mode) and they have to do the actu...

Limited attention

Your attention is a limited resource and you have to be careful where you are spending it.
If you choose to give away 80 percent of your attention to meetings, you will have 20 percent of your attention just for dealing with a few emails feeling overwhelmed.

Levels of attention

  • Proactive attention: you are fully focused and prepared for your most important decisions/ most complex tasks.
  • Active attention: you're plugged in, but also easily distracted.
  • Inactive attention: you're likely to really struggle with complex or difficult tasks.

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Treat Others With Respect

George Washington was a man of exceptional integrity who carried himself with dignity and self-confidence and was excessively loved among the masses.

Whoever you’re talking to, treat them ...

Always do The Right Thing

Great leaders do the right thing even when no one’s watching. In the times of pseudo-leadership, it’s not hard to spot an authentic leader - someone who is fair, smart, and empathetic, like Martin Luther King Jr

A true leader never shies away from voicing his opinions, breaking stereotypes, and doing the right thing - not just once but every single time.

You Need Other People To Succeed

Richard Branson knew that great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by teams.

Branson aims to find the best candidate for a job, give them enough autonomy, then step back to give them a space to flourish. It not only benefits the business as a whole but also helps them to become a leader in their own right.

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