Strategy: what I conduct to spread out

stere (to spread) + •ago (I drive/conduct out) 

Strategy starts from the inside

To spread something out requires that “something” to be already present in who spreads it out. This is one of the reasons why Strategy starts from the individual level. Once that something (a proposal, a product, a new process, a vision…)  makes contact with the outside (with someone else) the field of Tactics begins. Meanwhile that “something” doesn’t make contact outside of whoever created it, the field of Strategy is the reference.

Strategy is everything I do in absence of others.

Tactics is everything I do in the presence of others.

Now that we have clarified what Strategy is and what it’s not let’s take a step forward to understand each one of the four elements that make up the etymology of Strategy:

what + I conduct + to (towards) + spread out.

As we review each element we’ll see their place in the Founder’s Experience system and how each of the elements are connected between them. 

What

The “what” that is conducted outward is the Result I want to achieve. In TF’X system this is the center and the lines that reach every part. It’s what makes a Strategy mine.

The What is named Result

I conduct

I conduct (my strategy) when I make a conscious decision on what I receive (inputs), how I transform it (process) and what I deliver (outputs) in order to achieve my Result.

What I conduct is named Process.

To (towards)

“What I conduct” (Result + Process) has a purpose for my growth and a contribution to the organization. Knowing this ensures I move in the correct direction.

The To is named Impact 

Spread out

To reach my result on my own is inefficient, therefore I spread out so I leverage individuals, technology, complements, circumstances and culture itself.

The “spread out” is named Assumptions

Strategy is composed of four elements

Result

The “What” I want to bring forth. It gives meaning to all other elements. 

Impact

To where I direct my actions, to reach my purpose and contribution

Process

What I conduct through my decisions on my inputs, processes and outputs.

Assumptions

What I leverage from others in each of the five inner elements of the system.

Up to here the elements of a strategy are laid out with logic. Next, let’s see why the system has ten elements, why each section has a different number of elements and how it all comes together easily. The last word of the previous sentence is the key: Ease. The sequence that grows with most ease in reality is the Fibonacci sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8…). The secret to why it grows with ease is because the next number in the sequence incorporates the previous two numbers. It builds upon what is already there, therefore achieving growth with ease. This is present in TF’sX Strategy System when we follow this sequence:

1 – Result (What)

The first step is to determine my Result. This starts the sequence.

2 – Impact (To)

The Result (1) + Result (1) produces the Impact’s two elements: Contribution and Purpose. 

3 – Process (Conduct)

The Impact (2) + Result (1) produce the next step, the Process (3) and its elements: Inputs, process and outputs.

4 – Assumptions (spread out)

The Process (3) + impact (2) produces the five elements of Assumptions. 

To design a Strategy follow the natural sequence

1 – Result

The “What” I want to bring forth. It gives meaning to all other elements. 

2 – Impact

To where I direct my actions to generate:  purpose and contribution

3 – Process

What I conduct through my decisions on my inputs, processes and outputs.

4 – Assumptions

What I leverage from others in each of the five inner elements of the system.

What are the next steps if we use the fibonacci sequence? What follows is to connect to other strategies, other systems, other teams, other individuals… To travel, to make it happen… To go beyond oneself.

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