The Mind of the Strategist

Kenichi Ohmae’s management classic The Mind of the Strategist does a far better job of concisely summarising some of the parallels between the two worlds of military and business than I ever could:

‘It should be clear now, I hope, why I have chosen to compare business strategy with military science.  There is important common ground between the task of the military strategist on the one hand and the key strategic activities of middle and top management on the other: grasping the state of the market, objectively assessing the strengths and weaknesses of one’s business, changing direction with flexibility when required, and calculating the amount of profit or loss likely to result from each management action.  Both the business strategist and the military planner are prone to be trapped by perfectionism.’

There are plenty more analogies in his book.

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