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Can Strategy be taught?

LtGen Robert Schmidle (ret) Ph.D.


A strategist should always be searching for that ‘irrational tenth,’ trying to find the indirect or asymmetric approach to the challenges he faces. Lastly, he must be careful not to think of the world and therefore not to design a strategy, which succumbs to inflexible but well known hierarchical models. Those models are likely to be mirror images of his culture and experience and are as comfortable for him as sitting in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day. Instead, the strategist should use the model of the rhizome, its roots twisted and random, challenging his senses and causing him to squint uncomfortably in the bright sunlight as he tries to focus. It is only then that he can uncover the assumptions that underlay his developing strategy, exposing them to the light. 

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