Posted by on June 16, 2015

We’re not at war at Copiosis, yet battlefield wisdom applies here.  To whit: Helmuth von Moltke the Elder’s famous statement:

 

No plan survives contact with the enemy.

 

Writing this post, I found the full quote much more informative:

 

“The tactical result of an engagement forms the base for new strategic decisions because victory or defeat in a battle changes the situation to such a degree that no human acumen is able to see beyond the first battle.  In this sense one should understand Napoleon saying: “I have never had a plan of operations.”

 

That we have a plan at Copiosis soothes major objections of those who have no idea how to make it a reality, especially while confronting seemingly overwhelming odds.  While it is tried and true, a cornerstone of our plan follows another bit of Moltke the Elder’s wisdom:

 

Strategy [i.e., a plan] is a system of expedients; it is more than a mere scholarly discipline.  It is the translation of knowledge to practical life, the improvement of the original leading thought in accordance with continually changing situations.

 

Maybe this is why some people have difficulty understanding how we’re making Copiosis happen.  Even after they understand Copiosis the innovation, its far-reaching effects on global society, all some folks see are obstacles preventing its implementation.  Focusing on problems keeps them from seeing pathways around them.

Focusing on solutions provides far better results, and it opens one up to inspiration.

You’ve got to have a plan to soothe some people’s concerns.  Plans organize thoughts and resources in preparation for action.  Beyond that, the system of expedients is what makes things happen in the world.  That system is highly dependent on being flexible, dancing with continually changing situations, opening yourself to inspiration, and, if you’ve developed the skill, creating changing situations favorable to your desired outcome.

How to do that last part is key to our success.  Where does focusing on problems hold you back?

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