OVER the centuries, however, there are a number of times when some strategists tried to bring down the walls for strategic reasons. But in the process, some of them have because they were not qualified strategists. It was believed that, the apparent strength of solving a problem is by applying the strategic mind. Nevertheless, the strategic mind is only for qualified scholars and academics. By educating a man/woman at the institutions of high learning, is a way of producing qualified strategists who shall be qualified to solve problems strategically.
The basic principle here is that it is very easy to tackle a problem. But the most effective way is by way of employing those who are qualified to tackle the problem. In tackling any problem, the lotus strategist thinks first of breaking the problem in smaller particles and diagnose their inner structures piecemeal and holistically. The lotus strategy is widely applicable when confronted by something difficult or thorny. Lotus strategist is never distracted or discouraged by the formidable outer appearance of a problem. Diagnosing a problem through the lotus approach will help to identify core problem and great power to change to tackle it from the inside out. In conclusion, it is a law of strategy that in search for an accomplishment of a set goal, anything will be tried and tested. It is also imperative to note that, in order to solve a problem, one needs to apply a strategic mind, be resourceful and adaptable to the changing circumstances. It must however, be understood that experience never comes on its own. It comes through the process of learning and practical doing things. One may simply say, strategies are not bundles and bunches of keys. Strategies are enabling tools that must are designed to realistically achieve measurable goals. The best way to formulate and implement strategies demands those who are qualified scholars. It demands those who are knowledgeable and highly experienced in the field of study. To exploit and apply strategies, it is ideal to avoid dogma applications.
By and large, although strategy emanated from military thinking, it is no longer exclusively used within the military domain. Strategy today encompasses all walks of life. It is used in all work environments by all those who want to move forward. It is therefore, imperative that, ideas and concepts as illustrated here may as well be translated into other spheres of life for strategic use.
Strategy by its nature starts with mental exercise and imagination that could be developed into concepts for practical implementation. For a strategy to work, it must be quantified, realistic and measurable against with what is wanted and aligned with the available resources. The employment of adequate human, financial and material resources are mutually inclusive should one aim at achieving a set strategy. The implementation and evaluation process are important and indispensable elements that would guarantee the realisation of a strategy. In order to avoid a strategy being dormant, it must be considered from inception as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Strategy must however, be needy driven or else it shall result into a mere fallacy and wishful thinking.
Lt Gen (rtd) Ndaitwah is a former Chief of the Defence Force. He is now a part time lecturer at UNAM, and Head of Department and senior lecturer at IUM.
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