Exercise 1A: Compare Business Strategy with Military Strategy
Ranking the nine military maxims:
1= most important
9= least important
Top 9 Maxims:
9= Simplicity-prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders to ensure thorough understanding
Plans are important. Strategic management relies on strategies that are first formulated, implemented and than evaluated for success. This is the most important.
8= Objective- direct every military operation ...view middle of the document...
Strategic plans are executed by certain people with duties such as management and employees. Without this type of structure, there is no way of directing the path of success.
6=Offensive-seize, retain, and exploit the initiative
At this point, strategy can now be implemented after planning.
5= Maneuver-place the enemy in a disadvantageous position through the flexible application of combat power.
Part of implementing strategies, placing competitors in a disadvantage by having “competitive advantage”
4= Mass-concentrate combat power at the decisive place and time
Also, part of strategy implementation, deciding when to execute goals at a certain time can be important.
3= Security-never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage
For a competitor to acquire an “unexpected advantage” is impossible to predict or prepare for.
2= Economy of Force-allocate minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts
This is not as important because in business everything results better when it’s “in house”
1=Surprise-strike the enemy at a time, place or in a manner for which he is unprepared
In business, there is no such as “surprises” in a random sense. Everything is calculated and reviewed.