Your decisions between strategy and tactics are happening every day, even subconsciously. If your objective is to “not lose” or to avoid change in business or in life, the choices that you make are predictable and sometimes end up resulting in a waste of time. Your outcome is just as predictable. If you are playing to “win” or to improve the outcome, then you have to employ a strategy.
Games on smartphones are the simplest example of thinking tactically or strategically. Most people play with quick first moves before they view the landscape of what’s been dealt. They are using tactics and it comes with immediate gratification for the short term. The strategist studies the reality in front of them, then assesses multiple possibilities and risks to anticipate the next few moves- it’s the calm before the storm.
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