Strategy vs. Data: Which is more important, in the decision making process? I’m not to smartest guy on the block when it comes to data… and the interpretation thereof. But when it comes to strategy…and GUT… I’m a pro!
So…for me…I’ll go with 50% on Data….. 50% on Strategy….. And I’ll throw in another 100% on “gut.”…….. It’s always worked for me. Or if you prefer boating upstream without a paddle… then I’ll go with…all gut…not data, and no strategy. That’s the daredevil coming out in me.
For the first 20 years of my career….data was hard to come by, and very expensive…. and not all that easy to interpret. As for… Strategy…well…I probably mixed “gut and strategy” together, and didn’t know the difference…..but, I always had a “good hunch” as to what would work, and what would not… and I was only wrong a few times. And, those were only when I had partners when I didn’t really need them.
Here’s my POINT on ‘strategy and gut’…. I’ve always said (to myself), if I ever had to start my career over…there would be only 5 things on my wish-list… which, I would like to start off with (not counting my wife)….1) good dependable transportation (Yukon), 2) my Laptop, 3) my Samsung Galaxy V smart phone, 4) my Glock, and…of course 5) $100K in cash, and together with my “wits, my gut, and my God”….I would start the run all over. …. (Four of these I keep with me at all times, the remaining one is well hidden)….
One might wonder…WHY? Well… a good vehicle is always important, and ‘no one’ can do without a computer or cell phone. I’d have to have my ‘equalizer.’ And lastly, you probably thinking … WHY…a $100K? Listen…$100K is NOT very much money these days, and if I had that much money 60 years ago… I would have had a 20 year ‘head-start.’ After all… this is a ‘wish-list.’
One might ask? Is STRATEGY biblically supported? The answer: YES! The Old Testament is filled with examples of leaders who established strategic plans and carried them through We have the likes of Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, David, and Paul. And, of course Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ began by recruiting His leadership… the Apostles. He developed them, sent them on mission trips…”to the ends of the earth” as found in Acts 1:8. His strategy was evidenced by… His public teaching and miracles. In the end… His strategy took Him to ‘death on the cross.’ Then… the grave, and the Resurrection. Jesus Christ knew the plan to provide redemption from the beginning… He had only to carry it through to its conclusion. Our eternal SALVATION.
…Blessings …cjlb… 8/19/2017