Strategic Ambiguity

Strategic Ambiguity

I believe that one of the valuable attributes of a good chess player is strategy; they are often wonderful strategists.   Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term goal or aim.  In life, it can be a helpful thing to have strategies for the aims and goals we have, a kind of master plan of how to get what you want and to where you want.  Self-made guiding principles that are followed through, in charting a way forward through the choppy sea of life.  In doing so, nasty surprises may not be totally eliminated, but can be greatly reduced to negligible levels.

However, a word of caution is that in doing so, there has to be a healthy amount of strategic ambiguity.  Yes, strategic ambiguity in a world of competition in almost everything; from studies to work/business is a helpful tool.  I do not mean to be apocalyptic but, the realities of life seem to suggest that perhaps not everybody is charitable towards another.  This is where strategic ambiguity can be helpful in protecting you from uncharitable groups and individuals along the way to achieving your goals.  Reading and knowing situations and people at a given point in time and place can help to inform you if it is worth being clear or ambiguous.

You know your intentions well, but you may not know or be so sure of other people’s intentions.  Make god use of your social intelligence skills.  Just because you could be strategically ambiguous as and when necessary, you should maintain consistency regarding you/your organisation’s strategy. When you review situations and see where you have been, where you are at the moment and if your goal is within reach, is how you can tell whether you are making good or slow  or no progress.  Where re-calibration of particular aspects is necessary, do just that.  Additionally, your wellness matters and should be maintained.  Furthermore, where other professional expertise can be of help, mine inclusive; you can  make your wise choices at your convenience.

I wish you well.

 Reflecting Holistically

reflecting-holistically

Reflecting on the week/month/year, whatever your vantage point, it is a helpful exercise with a multitude of benefits.   Business or whatever work necessitates good productivity and efficiency for good financial rewards to be realised.  However, reflecting on the work and well-being to date is a helpful tool in improving efficiency and output.  When reflecting, you know how you went about what you went about, and you need to know how you could manage a similar situation better, next time.  Reflecting and devising better strategies is a work in progress because situations are dynamic, changing over time and ever changing.

Additionally, that board meeting or business deal could have either diminished or boosted your self-esteem.  On reflection, you have learned what you have learned, know which areas need improvement.  Did events unfold according to your expectations?  When you look at expectations versus reality and there was a mismatch, this becomes an obvious trigger for better strategy and action next time.  Furthermore, realistic expectations rarely disappoint.  Preconceived ideas can be a two edged weapon, they can be of help or a hindrance to achieving desired outcomes.  Open-mindedness, the receptacle for all that comes is a good thing, coupled with an analytical and discerning mind to make the right decisions.

When reflecting, I exhort you to take a holistic approach, among other things, integrating your well-being as well.  Wellness should be pertinent to your future plans and aspirations, self neglect should not be an option to explore.  Taking a holistic approach to reflecting, by integrating your well-being can stave off: self neglect, low productivity, low returns, diminished confidence, avoidable morbidity and the adverse effects of some medicines.  As a certified healer and herbalist, I can be of help where situations necessitate and where my assistance is requested.

I wish you well in your endeavours.