— Eric R. Kandel American neuropsychiatrist 1929
Context: What strategy does the brain use to read itself out? That question, which is central to the unitary nature of conscious experience, remains one of the many unresolved mysteries of the new science of mind.
„Good strategy requires leaders who are willing and able to say no to a wide variety of actions and interests. Strategy is at least as much about what an organization does not do as it is about what it does.“
— Eric R. Kandel American neuropsychiatrist 1929
„To be a great leader, one needs to have good strategies, be knowledgeable and able to predict the future.“
— Mahathir bin Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia 1925
— Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969
Chapter 2 (p. 20)
„What looks like a man is only a representation of a man who does what the organization requires. He (or it) does not run the machine; he tends it.“
— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
Chapter V : Anatomy Of The Corporate State, p. 107
— Michael E. Porter, What Is Strategy?
„Back in the mid-1990s I was researching strategy in the global electronics industry. I interviewed 20 to 30 executives, CEOs, and division managers and asked fairly simple questions. Which company was the leader in their market? How did that company become the leader? What’s their own company’s strategy?
I saw an interesting pattern. Most executives easily explained how companies became market leaders: Some sort of window of opportunity opened, and the leader was the company that was the first to successfully jump through that window. Not exactly the first mover but the first to get it right.
But when I asked these same executives about their own strategies, I heard a lot about doorknob polishing. They were doing 360-degree feedback, forming alliances, outsourcing, cutting costs, and so on. None of them even mentioned taking a good position quickly when the industry changes.“
— Richard Rumelt American economist 1942
About strategy starts with identifying changes, and companies taking position (1)
„What organized dating sites fail to understand is that the people are far more interesting in what they don't say about themselves.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
„In this world it is said, "One inch gives the hand advantage", but these are the idle words of one who does not know strategy.“
— Miyamoto Musashi Japanese martial artist, writer, artist 1585 - 1645
Context: Some other schools have a liking for extra-long swords. From the point of view of my strategy these must be seen as weak schools. This is because they do not appreciate the principle of cutting the enemy by any means. Their preference is for the extra-long sword and, relying on the virtue of its length, they think to defeat the enemy from a distance. In this world it is said, "One inch gives the hand advantage", but these are the idle words of one who does not know strategy. It shows the inferior strategy of a weak spirit that men should be dependant on the length of their sword, fighting from a distance without the benefit of strategy.
— Michael E. Porter American engineer and economist 1947
Context: There's a fundamental distinction between strategy and operational effectiveness. Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different. Operational effectiveness is about things that you really shouldn't have to make choices on; it's about what's good for everybody and about what every business should be doing.
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
Context: I want Scotland to be a leader in international conflict resolution. I want to build on the tremendous sense of goodwill towards our nation across the globe. Real leadership is not just about winning conflict - it is about having a strategy to defuse it. Resolution of conflict is harder, more subtle, more difficult.
„It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.“
— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity
„“You aren’t doing much for morale, Sidewise.”
Sidewise shot back, “And what about my morale? It does me no damn good to ignore what’s blindingly obvious all around us.”“
— Stephen Baxter author 1957
Chapter 17 “A Long Shadow” section II (p. 539)
— Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
„No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it. Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, "Oh, you can't do that..."“
— Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013