Make some shapes . . .

A senior colleague was talking about strategy.

She suggested that whatever your strategy is, it needs to be strong. Strong enough to be able to deal with and adapt to pretty much anything that comes its way.

And it made me wonder . . .

Think of your strategy as a children’s shape sorter. You know the type? There’s a square and a circle and a triangle and possibly another geometric shape. And they need to be fitted into the sorter. You might even have a little hammer to do that.

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• What would be the subjects of your shapes?
• How would you fit them into your shape sorter?
• Which ones would slot in effortlessly, regardless of whenever they were thrown at you?
• Which would need more than a little gentle hammering-home, and possibly re-engineering to fit the right holes?

It’s an interesting metaphor, isn’t it?

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