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How To Lead A Quest by Jason Fox

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5 Quest-Augmented Strategy

And so here we are — the contextual framework that nests the concepts within this book. Let's just quickly recap.

A quest is the search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria. We find alternative options by pioneering — opening new pathways, and exploring new areas. And, we ensure that they are viable options by conducting experiments.

This ultimately yields insight that augments and enriches strategy — challenging default thinking by presenting viable alternative options. This enhances leadership and decision making, which in turn ensures more meaningful progress for an enterprise.

A FRAMEWORK FOR MEANINGFUL PROGRESS

Mathematician George Box once said, ‘All models are wrong, but some are useful.' This notion is therefore the ultimate caveat for any model. With this quote, one can make a model for anything — logical fallacies be damned!

The main model for this book — ‘Quest-Augmented Strategy: A framework for meaningful progress' — is no exception. What I'm about to build with you is not the perfect solution to all the enterprise woes we highlighted in part I. But, I daresay it might be useful.

Here it is (see figure 5.1, overleaf).

Diagram shows elements of quest-augmented strategy in four quadrants. Vertical and horizontal axes are labeled “relatively risky” (up), “relatively safe” (down), “certain” (left) and “uncertain” (right) respectively. The elements in quadrants are labeled as below: 
right up: options (above “quests” is marked)
right down: experiments
left down: progress (below “missions” is marked)
left up: strategy.

Figure 5.1: Quest-Augmented Strategy

A lot is going on here. Let's unpack the thinking behind it.

Pioneering, ...

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