Chapter 9. Final Food for Thought


“Seek simplicity and distrust it.”

 --(Alfred North Whitehead)

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

 --(James Thurber)

“The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

 --(Achilochas, circa 650 B.C.)

“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”

 --(Chinese proverb)

“I don’t know where you get all these Chinese proverbs.”

 --(Chinese student)

Introduction to Chapter 9

At this point, tradition has it, we are supposed to pull all this together, to reveal the magic answer that will solve all your strategy problems. If you believe this, you must have been reading another book. This one has already made its point, namely that strategy ...

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