Tactics and Control @ The Doctor’s Den

The tactical level takes the objectives of a given operation and determines, or seeks to attain, the goals necessary for operational, and thus strategic, success.

In discussing the function of control in a strategic framework, we are trying to establish the ability to orchestrate events to our liking. One could argue this revolves around the autonomy dichotomy, or the issue of free will. I believe the discussion of control actually precedes these questions.

Thus, the first waystation in the tactical level examines how much control we have over the relationship and its outcome. How much control do we have over resources and how is doctrine acting as a permissive or restrictive waystation  for this operation. How much leniency is there? How strictly has the doctrine directed actions?

What control do we have over the outcome of this operation? Today it’s operation laundry. Tomorrow take over the world.

How is control over time and energy playing a role? How about control of values and beliefs?  How much self control do you need to successfully accomplish this operation? How is our control affected by our fears? How much can you rest on chance, others, etc for getting (part of) these operations completed? What goals can you control as you prepare for this mission?

And lastly, what of the others (whether people or things) do you control and how much does the other influence your ability to control events (too much laundry buildup makes that operation harder – so do stinky dirty kids. On the other hand laundry may not impede your megalomaniac tendencies. There the world may have have to rely on more influential agents…).

The functional difference between doing laundry and a rescue mission to the middle of nowhere is the ideation directing events, magnitude of resources, different doctrinal influences and limitation, different operational objectives, different levels of control, functionally more chance, more amorphic goals and a different friction with/dependency on others…

The strategic framework stays the same…and what we control is one of the waystations that allows the creation of feasible goals that can lead to operational and strategic effectiveness and success.

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



The Doctor’s Den – Insights: Parent’s Back to School Attitude

As my family gets ready for the new school year, I have come to reconsider my attitude to the children going back to school. While their absence will be a relief, giving space for the work and many projects I want to accomplish, it will also be a little gloomy. A little less playful. A little less exciting…not that we don’t need a rest from chaos once in awhile.

The preparation has led me to think about how I want my children to experience my feelings about their leaving the house and what their absence means to me. And I realized that I want them to know I will miss them. That, while I am thrilled that they are going to learn, I recognize it means I get to spend less time with them – and that makes me a little sad. That I am excited they are going, and I am looking forward to their return.

And while I recognize that school is not a replacement for parents or their role in education, part of my sadness is knowing that I have less influence in their education and as a byproduct their socialization and upbringing.

I have seen comics and meme’s of parents celebrating their children’s return to school. Not their return to education, but their absence from the house and family. I understand the relief, but I don’t understand the cheers…

Thank you for taking time to read this and watch my short video below.

Dr. D. Leitner

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