Welcome to my digital notebook.

This is (roughly) my digital zettelkasten, a collection of interlinked atomic notes about anything that interests me. In general, they will talk about strategy, research, UX, product development, learning, and knowledge management, but might stray pretty far afield from that sometimes.

Consider this my "digital garden." It's hobby work. I collect ideas that I am interested in, and I try to cultivate them as best I can. (Not sure where to get started? Try the Contents).

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Strategy Revolves Around a Diagnosis, a Guiding Policy, and Coherent Action.

Rumelt's kernel of strategy defines a three-part structure of diagnosis, policy, and actions.

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Strategy Requires Rejecting some Good Opportunities in Favour of Others

Strategy means saying no. It is necessary to sometimes reject some good opportunities to focus energy on others.

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Strategy Provides a Framework for Bridging the Gap Between the Current State and an Ideal State

Strategy at its core is about defining the principles that will most effectively traverse the space between the current state and the preferred future state.

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Strategy Manufactures Constraints

Strategy thoughtfully narrows options based on clear policies, guidelines, or values that guide appropriate action.

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Strategy Is Time-Sensitive

The longer it takes to respond to conditions, the more likely it is that those conditions have changed.

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Strategy Is More Design than Decision-Making

Rarely are we presented with a clear set of alternatives to decide between. Strategy needs to be constructed or orchestrated in the manner of design.

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Strategy Directs Resources to Maximize the Impact of Effort

Effective strategy identifies a fulcrum point that can be used to create the greatest leverage.

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Strategy Defines Coherent Action -- a Set of Coordinated Moves that Enact a Guiding Principle

An effective strategy defines a set of coordinated moves that can be undertaken in response to its diagnosis and guiding policy.

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Strategy Creates Advantage by Generating New Perspectives

A strategy works when it generates a novel vantage point on the problem space, giving rise to new opportunities or advantages.

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Strategy Cannot Be Discovered Through Deduction Alone

Fomenting an effective strategy requires that we engage in abductive reasoning and sensemaking.

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