The Art of Strategy: Landscape

10. How to approach difficult areas

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Sun Tzu

地 (Dì) Land. Calligraphy © Hisayo Oki



Map of mapping including users with different needs. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Map of mapping including a pipeline of new forms of gameplay. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley,CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • Land grab: Identifying and position a company to capture a future market space.
  • First mover: Exploiting first mover advantage especially with industrialization to component services.
  • Fast follower: Exploiting fast follower advantage into uncharted spaces.
  • Weak Signal: Use of common economic patterns to identify where and when to attack.

The Art of Strategy: All Parts

  1. Assessments: How to assess, prepare and shape
  2. Challenges: How to use and reduce inertia, entropy and friction
  3. Success: How to succeed together with stakeholders
  4. Setup: How to create resilience
  5. Momentum: How to use creativity, focus and timing
  6. Shaping: How to shape and avoid being shaped
  7. Engagement: How to engage using surprise
  8. Adaptations: How to adapt to shifting situations
  9. Movements: How to move to optimize momentum
  10. Landscape: How to approach difficult areas
  11. Situations: How to handle difficult situations
  12. Disruption: How to disrupt and avoid being disrupted
  13. Intelligence: How to use intelligence to create foreknowledge



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Erik Schön

From hacker, software researcher and system engineer to leader, executive and strategizer. Writer: #ArtOfLeadership #ArtOfStrategy