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Explaining Strategy Via SMS …
May 21, 2012, 6:11 am
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I am often asked to explain what strategy is.

At it’s heart, it’s simply identifying the most effective route to get from point A to point B.

That’s it.

Of course, how you identify that route has many challenges and complications, but as a function, it’s that simple.

Recently I came across an SMS exchange that highlights just what good strategy is.

Of course, no one who comes here [1] needs an explanation [2] cares about an explanation or [3] gives a rats arse what I think/say … however I’m going to ignore all that because basically, I just wrote this post so I could justify re-printing it for your viewing errrrm, pleasure.

So, here’s the brief:

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Your parents are awaiting news on your biology exam results.

They have already told you they regard this as a ‘must pass’ exam and that the implications, should you fail, will be severe and immediate.

Now the bad news.

You failed.

You failed big time.

Knowing you have to truthfully inform your parents about the result within a matter of hours, how can you ensure they will view the news with a positive attitude rather than grounding you for 35 years?
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Got it?

So how would you answer the brief?

Wonder if it would be as strategically effective as this?


32 Comments so far
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That just about sums it up. What are the APG going to do now?

Comment by George

with a bit of fucking luck, kill themselves.

Comment by andy@cynic

That’s a tactic.

Comment by John

Who the fuck cares, it’s better than every other planners attempt to be smart.

Comment by Billy Whizz

That ultimately depends on whether the parents “positive” reaction to the exam failure is short lived or not. As it stands, I would say that is a strategy.

Comment by George

I apologise. I’ve just caught myself arguing about the strategic value of an SMS. It’s things like this that give planners a bad name. I will slowly retreat from the room.

Comment by George

fucking aunties waded in with a good fucking point. what a fucking shame no one gives a flying fuck about any of it.

Comment by andy@cynic

and so you fucking should george. you know you shouldnt touch a computer when mary and the kids are away. theyre the ones that stop you damaging yourself with spouting planning wank.

Comment by andy@cynic

smartarse fucking dodds. youre fucking right though. thick bastard campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

Fair point John – if the reaction from his Dad lasts a nano-second, but as neither of us know the reality, I’ve decided to base it on it being a long lasting strategy if that’s OK with you, ha!

Comment by Rob

Anal Planners Gland?

Like the SMS, why can’t all planners be so clever?

Comment by Billy Whizz

It only guarantees a positive attitude in the very short-term.

Comment by John

That’s an assumption.

Comment by George

auntie has just out pedanticed doddsy. its like a fucking heavyweight world title except its nothing like a fucking heavyweight title.

Comment by andy@cynic

Fight. Fight. Fight.

Comment by Billy Whizz

it would be like watching my little pony scrapping with a cabbage patch doll. dont waste your efforts billy.

Comment by andy@cynic

Who is the cabbage? Boom Tish.

Comment by Rob

I think John & George have forgotten this is Rob’s blog. A place where no one is supposed to take any notice of the posts.

Comment by DH

Yep. Even I don’t pay any attention to it.

Comment by Rob

And I wish I’d thought of that trick/tactic/strategy when I failed my biology exam.

Comment by DH

your mean you wish they had fucking sms when you failed your biology exam.

Comment by andy@cynic

That as well.

Comment by DH

When I failed my maths exam, my Mum knew and I hadn’t even told her I’d taken the exam. Parents can be kind of freaky like that.

Comment by Rob

its not hard when everyone knows you fail everyfuckingthing. except ripping me off.

Comment by andy@cynic

i know somoen who, to this day, has succesfully conned her parents into believing she got a 2.1 rather than the 2.2 she actually got.

Comment by northern

The temptation of blackmail must be enormous!!!

Comment by Rob

You don’t know what she’s got on me- and hopefully you never will

Comment by northern

Notwithstanding DH’s undeniable point that nobody cares, I’ll just say that before the tactic was employed, the parents had a daughter who wasn’t pregnant and had not taken a very important exam. After the tactic, the parents are briefly distracted form the fact that their daughter is still not pregnant but has failed an allegedly life-changing exam.

I’m assuming the latter fact will dawn on them pretty quickly and the tactic will have done little to change their worldview on the exam because it didn’t address that issue. A strategy would arguably have focussed on highlighting a posiitve life outcome for someone who had failed the exam.

Comment by John

just for being a cheeky bastard, im officially on your side doddsy. but then when am i not. at least when dealing with that fucker campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re renowned for always being on the side of right.

Comment by John

That’s because he decides what is right.

Comment by DH

Brilliant!
Information “Framing” is everything. If a newspaper states that 10% of the working population didn’t pay taxes, you think “outrageous”. But if you write down that “90% of the population pays taxes” (which is the same info.) you say “we’re a great country.

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