Tactics begin from a connection
The moment two independent parts meet, they connect in some form of arrangement or continue each on their own. As each part learns more about the other, the number of possible arrangements grows exponentially. This is why the field of Tactics is an art, because it requires constant application and learning.
Tactics are infinite: it’s an art to find the correct arrangement of time, place, message…
Strategy is finite: it has one specific Result that is non-negotiable.
In the terrain of Tactics the combinations between two or more individuals are unlimited. So how do I choose the correct combination? The first travelers of any culture possibly had this question too, and in time they invented the Map: a way to show all the connections between two or more parts.
There are multiple maps to choose from. For the Founder’s experience I have selected Pierce’s Map of the mind because it analyses the operating system of the mind. By this I mean it shows what the mind consideres when processing and creating reality. Since this Map consideres the most subtle cause of any situation, the mind, I can read the correct Tactic to arrange the most subtle cause of any situation. This matters because when comparing options the one that consideres more causal elements is better, and the mind is more causal than speech, than actions, than emotions…
The name “Pierce’s Map” is coined by Psychoanalyst Jose Luis Parise after continuing the research on Symbology and Philosophy of Charles Sanders Pierce. I’m one of the +3,000 members of the E.D.I.P.O. school of research on Psychoanalysis founded by J.L. Parise that use and continue to update this Map to solve any situation on every area of life.
Pierce’s Map consists of four quadrants: possible, impossible, necessary and contingent. Any given situation is stuck in one of the quadrants, one quadrant is the solution, and the other two are half-way solutions. Also, each quadrant can be a problem or a solution, it is something to analyze on each situation. For instance, a brainstorming session could be stuck in generating a low number of new ideas because for each new idea proposed someone mentions the need for legal approval or budget. The situation is clearly stuck in the “necessary” quadrant, because every new idea needs something else to be considered for the brainstorm. I explain the solution a few lines below. For know let’s see the definition of each quadrant.
What is possible in any situation is that which is realized. What is able to come forth. To be in the Possible quadrant is to be one more, hence the “1+”.
In any situation what is Impossible is not realized. The situation is “emptiness” itself. To be in the Impossible quadrant is to be one less “1-“.
A situation is Necessary when there is some-thing specifically required to move forward. To be in the Necessary quadrant is to be at least one (-1).
A situation is Contingent when its realization is conditioned by another event. To be in the Contingent quadrant is to be a plus one (+1).
Any situation has four outcomes
The purpose of a Tactic is to arrange a situation. Before any situation is arranged the situation is stuck, which means “remain fixed”. It is natural for any new encounter of two or more individuals to be stuck (fixed) until someone sets a convincing new order for all agree on. Because any situation has four outcomes, the current status (stuck) is one of the quadrants, another quadrants is the solution needed for the change and two are halfway solutions. Why four quadrants? It has to do with how we perceive reality and how our mind creates reality:
Because speech is linear (left to right, right to left…) when I describe a situation I can only place one letter/word next to another. This is why we perceive a situation as opposite to the desired reality to achieve.
The mind processes reality in Images (Not in text, not linear). Proof? We dream in images, not text. Because an image can be placed in four directions: up, down, left, right. The mind fills each direction with an outcome.
Now that we have defined Tactics and the Map that includes all of the tactical combinations of a situation, I want to share the steps needed to use Pierce’s Map to Operate a successful tactic.
1 – Identify current quadrant
Listen to myself out loud when I describe the current situation, so I identify the quadrant where the situation is. Why speak it out? Because I do own what I say but I don’t own what i think. For instance “don’t think of a pink elephant”.
2 – Plan for the Diagonal
The solution quadrant is the diagonal from the current one because it is the only movement where I consciously touch the current and the diagonal quadrants and my unconscious touches the remaining two. A perfect Tactic considers every part of a situation.
3 – Depart from Comfort zone
There is much energy in a comfort zone that can be put into good use. For example to boost my confidence when traveling into non-comfort zones. In order to move to the diagonal quadrant, I first motivate myself with actions I enjoy.
In conclusion, tactics are unlimited because the combination between two or more individuals are endless. Pierce’s Map classifies any of these infinite combinations into four quadrants based on the way the mind process and creates reality. With this Map I discover the right Tactic in any situation when I listen in which quadrant the situation is stuck and plan for the diagonal quadrant. Pierce’s Map is able to do this because it relies on the most subtle cause of any situation: the mind.