Choosing Your Battlefield

If Ireland had left the decision about government recognition for homosexual marriage to the courts, and if the USA had left this same decision to a national referendum, what might have been the results?

When the battlefield admits only a one-on-one match, you’d better be like David—with the sling, skill, and speed to deliver the killer shot. And you’d better make sure your opponent has an exposed forehead or an Achilles heal you can place a fatal blow on. The government and people of Iceland where able, willing, and quick to cut off the heads of bad banks to repair their banking system.

Iceland had chosen to let their bad banks die after their financial crisis about the end of the twentieth century. They shrunk their battlefield to picking up the pieces, and it made the fight very short. They look like they came out with better results than the bail-out college, even if one might argue that the lighter you are, the lighter you fall.

Where there are many ‘enemies’ of similar ability and capacity as one, be very efficient; where they shall beat you, leave them; and make as little noise as possible when you’re just starting off in a territory where big guns already exist. That’s advice by Bruce Greenwald and Judd Kahn in ‘Competition Demystified.’ Fight where you’re stronger than your opponents; fight when you have what it takes to beat them.

So that key questions to ask are whether we can, or make ourselves can, and on which battlefield can we can. These questions aren’t mutually exclusive because what we do, the path we take, says much about the battle we envision and defines our battlefield.

A delusion, asian tigers and busting my pawpaws.

This was like the biggest pawpaw I’d ever seen, I couldn’t imagine any bigger. Then I heard someone say that the first one harvested from the tree was bigger, and from another tree, much bigger—busting my pawpaws somewhat. He thought he was the only one, and he’d told everyone who cared to listen…. Then one day, he was told of 7000 others like him—busting his pawpaws.

Let’s leave basic manufacturing to the Asians and focus on high value products and services. But there’re 30 others, including the Asians, who’ve joined the high price-point high profit train.

You say you have a strong legacy of high value innovation. True as that may be, however, remember that some had a 3 millennia legacy before you even existed as a group, and before their pause. Now they’re back on the map of those who matter—significantly. Considering the way they’ve handled globalization, they’re no pushovers; they’re buying the world and selling to it. One of them in particular has been everywhere including space and the poles.

Let’s see what happens by 2020 if you don’t change tack.

We’ve got to change tack too.
How? What? Where?
We at least know why.
Great start.

PS: Chewing crunchy slices of pawpaw now (actually at the time of conception).