Strategy in a tactical world

Every so often I get in this “soapbox mood” when I take a personal interest in a project or venture I have been involved with.  Today has been another one of those types of days.

I will not mention the topic or the groups, but I will say that I am honored to have been part of the group of volunteers that have worked together for a period of time to provide some tactical ideas and solutions to a very real problem we face in the United States today.  I would say that this problem is one of the most glaring issues that is reported on daily, weekly and monthly by our media and it is really a symptom of many other root causes.  Enough on that.

Let me also say that I am more of a tactical person versus a strategic person.  I see the need for strategy and I find it to be of great importance, but we sometimes live in a world where we have leaders giving strategic responses when a tactical one is needed.  If I have you scratching your head I will give you an example.

You decide to build a house.  This will be the first house you build.  At the outset there will certainly be a number of strategic questions to be answered:

1.  How much can you spend?

2.  Where would you like to live?

3.  What style of house would you like?

I am sure there are other strategic questions to be answered, but I think you see the value of answering these questions first.

After having taken care of the strategic, the tactical side kicks in.  Here are some of the key tactical questions you need to answer:

1.  How do I pour the footing?

2.  How do I make the corners square?

3.  How do I pour concrete?

4.  How do I lay blocks or bricks?

5.  Who will wire the house?

Even some of the tactical question have strategic roots.

Many in our society have tactical needs and they are not getting tactical responses.  While understanding strategy is important, getting down into the trenches is of vital importance and we need more soldiers and fewer officers in many cases to deal with issues we have in our country and our economy.

Until we get leaders to understand how strategy affects tactics, we will continue to drive in circles, especially when it comes to workforce and employment issues.

Let’s equip people with the right tools and also show them where to get those tools.

Only then will we have success in putting people in the right spot in the workforce.