Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.
The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Sound strategy starts with having the right goal
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell.
You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: its starting point.
Strategy is a pattern in a stream of decisions
The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you're trying to accomplish.
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
Fitting in is a short-term strategy that gets you nowhere. Standing out is a long-term strategy that takes guts and produces results.
There are two main strategies we can try to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better.
The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation.
Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation
If you can't describe your strategy in twenty minutes, simply and in plain language, you haven't got a plan. 'But,' people may say, 'I've got a complex strategy. It can't be reduced to a page.' That's nonsense. That's not a complex strategy. It's a complex thought about the strategy.
To win by strategy is no less the role of a general than to win by arms.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.
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