STRATEGY AND INFLUENCE

We live in a complex world but new technology is making it easier to navigate all the time. Our transition from the industrial age to this emergent information age might be painful for the many who don’t understand why things have already changed.

The information age means global systems and instant communications.
Four elements have caused complexity to emerge as an important factor in the Global system: Diversity; Connection; Interdependence; and Adaptation. Now we need to learn how to adapt to the interactions that cause changes in the system.

In the transformative process, in the flux and flow of change, opportunities emerge and become available. Strategy can be systematically employed to capture and capitalize on those new opportunities.

Strategic thinking requires us to shift paradigm's -
from being reactive to life’s circumstances and events to becoming co-creative with them. This will allow strategic thinkers to anticipate change and to influence its outcome. But it also means that they need to invest in developing their creative capital.

A creative strategist can influence events in a variety of ways that can alter its circumstances in his favour. He can influence with stealth and surprise, or with intent and fanfare. He can choose the timing of his strategy, and select its space - including the physical environment, the landscape, the playing field, the resources and the climate.

A creative thinker can vary the degree, the intensity and the strength of his strategic influence - that is its force and power. He will define a series of tactics to use and fashion tools for a variety of encounters.

All to say - in order to exert influence, a creative thinker only needs a plan and a direction... a “
do what where?”

He knows that every choice means -
not some other choice. As such, he will work through any resistance to fleshing out ideas for as many choices and options as possible. How do you get a good idea? You get a lot of ideas and throw out the bad ones!

To assess your strategy, remember that a good one is dynamic and a bad one is static! Nature evolved from survival of the wisest... wisdom being adapt-
ability!