I’m pretty sure most of us missed the Crusades … and know very little of medieval warfare.
While battle strategy in that era appears to be random and haphazard, certainly in most movies depicting that period, planning invariably eclipsed brute force. Strategy proved to be the touchpoint for success in every battle, including the ones we’re fighting every day.
Using a Battlefield Metaphor May Seem a Bit Strong …
… yet, it’s perfectly apt for the complexity … and yes, often the intensity … of what we’re facing every day.
But, this concept is not really about military conquest.
I use the reference more in the sense of this phrase:
“Civilians think about strategy. Generals think about logistics.”
D-Day Was Really ALL About Planning
Most of us weren’t around during World War II … but D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion of all time.
It involved over 250,000 troops and 15,000 ships landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944.
Accident? … or the result of rigorous strategic planning and project management?
Could this happen without planning?
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Our 34th President)
Did General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, lead this effort without any planning?
Of course not, and even if our business plans aren’t quite as extensive, we know (deep down, we know for sure) that we need some sort of an organized planning process to build a successful business.