On Strategising Strategy
What is strategy? What is innovation? These are terms that are oft used in the contexts of development fields and in carrying out our future accomplishments. But do not fool yourself; having a strategy map is not the same as having a strategy. It is chaos borne. Let me tell you how...
It so often happens that the simplest of reasons are the solutions to many conflicts or problems. In today’s escalating world, people are in a hurry to set their career straight and in order to accomplish that, they are increasingly being dependent on what is known to be as the strategic innovation. Now, as we have come to that, let us talk a bit about it more!
What is strategy? What is innovation? These are terms that are oft used in the contexts of development fields and in carrying out our future accomplishments. But do not fool yourself; having a strategy map is not the same as having a strategy. It is chaos borne. Let me tell you how. Ever heard of a chaos theory? Chaos theory proposes that all seemingly natural systems—such as weather patterns, social interactions, and even highway traffic—are in fact controlled by complex and mysterious forces known as “strange attractors”. These attractors are in turn born out of the human need to personalize what we are doing and why we are doing it, in this case these can be attributed to factors such as personal development, character building , career management and so on. These uncanny forces coerce us to dig out deeper and more efficacious ways and methods to think about strategic innovations, which then make us rely more on these meta-functional methodologies at a more organizational level.
After being acquainted with these working frameworks at levels ranging from individual to organizational , we must try to replace and fit them into our personal lives. For that, one needs to rethink things and again this lands us in the lap of strategizing. At times, there is a partial possibility of being absent minded. Is it in any way a virtue to be forgetful or absentminded? What are the things one forgets conveniently and safely? Well, forgetting certain things is quite natural and useful too as this is a way of our brain to notify us of our sloppiness and telling us to dump our mal-strategies and to pick up new ones and start afresh. This has a tremendous effect on reflective skills as it more often than not compels us to think about the way we think and in turn, our reflexive ability to react and respond soundly to happenings around us.
Imagination has quite a role to play here. Since all these activities are cognitive in nature, therefore sometimes, in order to get rid of our self-created loopholes, we tend to fantasize and imagine which in one way or another places a deep impact on our daily work. Philosophers, poets and sportsmen are said to be absent-minded because they live in a world of imagination.
Strategy is like a pattern in a wreath of decisions. We just need to figure this pattern out so that we could dwell on our needs to personalize the tactics we adopt in our professional life. Strategy is thinking about a choice and choosing to stick with your thinking. This cuts slack from our fickle mindedness and paves a clear path for us to nurture and hone our learning skills. This requires a fully fledged know-how of matters and a stronghold of foolproof information. But, if seen more closely, there is a vast gap between information and knowledge. Information is what you know about things, knowledge is whether you apply it or not in real life. As humans, we tend to possess a little knowledge about few things. A man without knowledge is not far removed from an animal. Yet I might sound like a hypocrite here as animals have a way better understanding of strategizing than us humans. If seen in a historical way, we have been theorizing our actions since times immemorial. All our progress is the product of our knowledge. Our civilization is a gift of planning, modeling, shaping and reshaping; which more or less consists of development of strategy.
When it comes to applying these skills in our personal lives, most of the people play dangerously with their learning. They are not learned in the real sense of the word. The scientists who invent nuclear war weapons are wanting in religious and moral education. The quack who plays with the lives of poor patients is himself a victim of imperfect knowledge. If you are not trained and you play with a live wire, you are sure to harm yourself fatally. Thus, it is better to confess our ignorance about certain things and not play along the tune of the harp, instead we should constantly improve our way of crafting strategic notions so that they could be put to a much better use in our lives.
Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices. This suggests that we are more capable than we are to be able to turn our seedy ideas into simple yet amazing frameworks. This is the kick-start of any innovation. For some people who have a tendency to absorb everything in a same subtle manner, innovation for them is anything but business as usual. Well, this might be a good way of approaching things but where is the fun in that? Nowadays, we can see a lot many start- ups by people who are novices and amateurs but never in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so little time ! Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. This should not create any barriers to our social thinking and approach because let us face it, a leader was once a follower. You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the sight to lose the shore. In hindsight, it means that we must have the risk factors present in us almost all the time, as once we sacrifice some of our preconceived notions of things, it becomes all the more easy for us to accept and appreciate the fact that the future holds something exciting in store for us.
As truly said by Walter Lippman, ‘when all think alike, then no one is thinking’! We are as dynamic in thoughts and ideas as our lives are. We just need a sense of implementing things and theorizing our actions with helpful innovative strategies, then, our lives will be nothing less than a profitable multinational