Master Moves

by: Don G / @lbdStreetFashion

Have a strategy.

The worse place to be is in a situation where you are blindsided or under prepared to handle because you failed to prepare a strategy beforehand. Strategy can be defined as a well-designed plan of attack for a personal or professional goal. Strategy helps you prepare for the unknown and its success depends largely upon how realistic the strategy is, how detailed it is, and how organized the action steps are. How do you strategize? How do you orchestrate certain situations and events to take place in a way that produce desired results?

If planning is about thinking for success, then strategy is about making strategic determinations in order to get tasks done such as determining who needs to be involved, and when it needs to be done by, and thinking how things will get done. Strategy should never be confused however with tactic. The word strategy derives form the Greek word strategos which translates to the art of the general. Tactics is from the Greek word taktike. Taktike translates as organizing the army.

Strategy is the thinking aspect of planning and organizing tasks. It defines the goals that need to be accomplished and the ideas for achieving those goals. Strategy can be simple or very complex multi-layered plans for accomplishing objectives and may give consideration to tactics. In other words strategy is thinking about how people will act, to complete an objective that fulfills the plan.

Tactics are the meat and potatoes of strategy. Tactics are the “doing” aspect that follows the planning. In the strategy phase of a plan, the thinkers decide how to achieve their goals. In other words they think about how people will act, i.e., tactics. They decide on what methods will be employed to fulfill the plan. In the tactics phase of a plan, the actors implement the strategy in a tactical way that gets the job done.

To master strategizing, you must learn to think in a way that positions you in the best possible position so that when you take action, that action creates opportunities for success. You can’t wait for others to think for you. Your success and happiness is solely up to you.

Master Move Action Steps:

  • Cultivate a sense of urgency as you set up your moves
  • Recognize strategies that will help you to make moves more effectively
  • Determine how you will position yourself if things do not go as you expect it to
  • Determine your actions once you reach your goals and your actions if you fall short
  • Brainstorm to collect all ideas from members of your planning team
  • During strategy development, continue to ask, “Is this really a strategic activity?
  • Reconsider strategies that have worked or haven’t in the past
  • Ensure strategies don’t conflict with each other, i.e., that implementing one strategy will directly impair implementation of another
  • Anticipate what type of strategies your opponent will use to counter you
  • Neutralize your opponent’s moves by developing an effective countermove
  • Determine your endgame and exit strategy before you make your first move
  • Determine your measurable objectives, resources needs, financial needs, budgets, and plans to evaluate results