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Objectives @ The Doctor’s Den

One of the key aspects of a long-term strategy is effective examination and determination of objectives. This is the role of the organization waystation in the strategic framework and is essential for successful implementation of multiple operations in attaining manifestation of will.

But what are objectives? They are, first and foremost, a discussion of how to make the world align with your vision. Or perhaps how the world should or could be.  This discussion includes an examination of what potential actions need to take place for that to happen.

So it is, in essence, an attempt to establish what others may seek to do in relation to your objectives. How the resources and energy may potentially be used and the cost of that use in relation to other objectives. And how doctrine, as a value system, acts to determine the spectrum of acceptable actions and fears that may mitigate action.

This will allow for determination of tactics that will, hopefully, attain the goals set in the operative stage of strategy.

Doctrine @ The Doctor’s Den S01E08

Doctrine is an amorphous concept that the military uses to create unity through conceptual continuity. This contradiction is often a basis for strategic failure. So, what is doctrine, and why is it important?

Here Dr. D. Light dissects the concept of doctrine and demonstrates how the theological model is of use in understanding the role of fear in strategic analysis and and decision making? Fear acts as the counterbalance to the resources waystation – which presents the giving mindset.

In this theoretic framework, doctrine acts as a restrictive waystation that limits the ability to use energy. In using fear, Dr. Leitner is presenting the basis for courage and the examination of strengths beyond giving – how holding back, patience for instance, can act as a strength in the face of fear.

In this slightly longer than normal video he provides a macro and micro examination of doctrine as fear in relation to all the waystations of strategy. This presents the opportunity to discuss the potential objectives that will constitute the basis for operation.

Operations, Tactics & Resources @ The Doctor’s Den (S01E07)

Operations and Tactics are often misunderstood. What are their roles in the strategic process and how can dividing strategy into two stages help in better implementation and manifestation of an ideational hierarchy.

This division of strategy into operations and tactics helps explain the role of resources in strategy. It places the examination and discussion of resources in the operational stage of the strategic process and puts doctrine as the opposing waystation in operations.

Any creation of strategy requires, at some point, the examination of available and potential resources for ideational manifestation. Engaging with resources as the first station is not always the best option, but it is, for the most part, a wise way to begin a strategic examination.

Many people think a lack of resources means that the strategic process is over. This is patently false. A lack of resources does not mean that manifestation will absolutely fail, but rather that the unit may have to concentrate on resource acquisition as part of the strategic process.

The examination of resources is, itself, divided into an examination of the resources in light of the other waystations demands and limitations. By examining resources in relation to the other waystation, a fuller strategic framework develops. The same will be true for each of the other waystations as well.

This permits faster actions and reactions to changes in the environment and the actions of others. It also determines limits on actions in time and space.

Next week: Hopefully Doctrine with a mix of more resources.

See you next week.

Dr. D. Leitner

 

 

Defining Strategy – The Doctor’s Den S01E06

Dr. D. Light finally and slowly moves away from ideation into the strategic phase of the power process. He tiptoes towards a definition of strategy and dips his toe into an explanation about the purpose of strategy in the power process.

The basis for this discussion lies in the decision at the end of the ideational process – to create or destroy…where creation is about preserving /building while destruction is about taking apart/perhaps rebuilding.

This video is the opening salvo in a series that will examine each of the six waystations of strategy – energy, doctrine, organization, control, chance, and goal-setting. After that examination we will discuss means of manifestation, strategic flow, the feedback loop, metrics for success. and much more.

 

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The Doctor’s Den S01E05: Ideational Waystations

We close out our discussion of ideation with an examination of the four waystations (steps) that are inherent to the ideational stage of a power process.

It is important for me to point out that these videos are a glimpse into the greater ideational questions inherent to power. They do not, and cannot, cover the totality of decision-making, identity building, value development, sensory system/intelligence systems, information analysis, ideational integration, etc.

There are people who spend their whole lives researching small parts of these and much more as we try to understand ideation, strategy, and power.

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