Tag Archives: Tactics versus Strategy

Trapped in Tactical Decisions

The first week of March begins with the Great Sequestration in place – massive automatic cuts in almost all government spending, but not strategic cuts. These are universal percentage cuts, reducing the amount spent on good stuff just as much … Continue reading

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A Pesky Matter of Perspective

The trick is to figure out how the other guy thinks. That’s how you get things done – coaches know that – some players you scold and embarrass, and they perform well to prove you’re wrong and a total jerk, … Continue reading

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No Point in Apologizing When You’ve Won

On the first Monday in December things came to a head. The Jets and the Patriots were tied for first in their division and they faced each other in the big game – the two awesome teams would go head … Continue reading

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Seduced by Tactics

Let’s say you own a football team and you have a simple aim – to win the Super Bowl. Yep, you’d be the best. No one could argue otherwise. But to get there you need a strategy – hire the … Continue reading

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Political Tactics In Conflict With Political Goals

Although people often get them confused, tactics are what you plan to do to win the battle at hand, and rather specific, while strategy has to do with why you’re fighting the battle in the first place – you have … Continue reading

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That Odd Noise Before Defeat

Greg Jaffe is a rather well-respected defense correspondent for the Washington Post, and he has won the Pulitzer Prize and all that, and his latest book, co-authored with David Cloud, is The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle … Continue reading

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