Is our balance between strategy and tactics correct? Is there an adjustment we need to make?

One of my favorite quotes is from Sun Tzu, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” It seems like that balance constantly needs adjusting. If we focus on strategy, which always seems like a good thing, we are able to pull ourselves out of the details and we begin to recapture the vision and our mission and goals become clearer. We feel energized and want to plan and strategize even more – but while we’re doing that, we’re getting very little done. And there’s a lot to be said for focusing on tactics and attending to the details. Let’s face it, nothing gets done unless someone is actually doing the work. And there’s a certain attraction to doing the work – we can see results and there is a sense of accomplishment when a task or sub-project is completed and checked off of the list. But if we stay in either place for too long and we’ll find dysfunction, inefficiency and ineffectiveness quickly creeping in. The correct balance between strategy and tactics is a dynamic process that needs continual attending to.

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