Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Dao of Strategic Assessment (21): Sifting Reality from Illusions

“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.”

~ Buddha

Politicians of all sorts will occasionally use generalized phrases to tell their audience that they have a "high impact" solution that is beneficial to the public.

Go to your favorite news sources and examine the speeches (and sound bites) of your local and regional politicians.

Check if they are using some of the following phrases: Back to Basics; Best Use of Available Resources; Community Objectives Coupled With Meaningful Commitment; Empowering Communities; Growth; Maximize Potential; Meeting Challenges; New Sense of Initiative; Positive Outlook; Quality; Reassessment, Rebirth, Renewal, Revitalization, Stability; Task Force; and Team-Oriented Approach.

Also, if their messages do not possess any tangible specifics (i.e., exclusive dates, defined metrics, etc.), it is a "stopgap" illusion.

Following are some of our favorite strategic assessment's rules:
* Look for "intelligence" situations that have high signal and minimum noise; and .
* The number of informational items with "bells, whistles, smoke and mirrors" is inversely propositional to the number of tangible informational items.

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