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Strategy Bites Back: It is a Lot More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined .... by Joseph Lampel, Bruce Ahlstrand, Henry Mintzberg

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Chapter 8. Strategy With the Gloves Off and the Halo on

 

“He who excuses himself accuses himself.”

 
 --(Molière)
 

“The trouble with being in a rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat.”

 
 --(Lily Tomlin)
 

“Quality has two enemies: quantity and equality.”

 
 --(Salvador de Madariaga)
 

“Not everything is unsayable in words, only the living truth.”

 
 --(Ionesco)

Introduction to Chapter 8

By now you can appreciate that there is more to strategy than SWOT, planning, and spreadsheets. In fact there is more to it than thinking and seeing and learning too. Strategy has two other dimensions that should never be forgotten (not that one ever lets you, even if the other tries to make you): the yang of politics, namely pulling apart, and the yin of culture, ...

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