Before I talk about the impossibility of inventing new words, allow me to map out just a bit of context. So, first thing, whenever you’re here, do you bop around and check out the little widgets and links and whatnot? Here’s one, for instance, that you might have seen down on the lower right hand side of the page:
You’ve seen it before, for others, haven’t you? If you still read your computer screen as if it were just an electronic version of print, you might never click on such things. I know for years and years now, I’ve avoided them as if I’d catch a virus…really, a computer virus…just for clicking on it. My ignorance held me back. If I’d simply clicked on just such a link the first time I ever saw one, I’d be years ahead of where I am in my learning. Think about it, will you?
What does that have to do with new words, and how impossible it is to create them, anymore? Just this. If you do click on my link above (or even better, down on the right side of the page here), you’ll link right on over, instantly, to my LinkedIn profile. Don’t fear the interruption, either, think of it just like changing scenes in a music video. You can click right back here and pick up where you left off. It really is easy, and you’ll be shocked at how your attention holds.
At any rate, if you do click over, you’ll see a reduced version of my profile. If you scroll down, you’ll find a button at the bottom that offers you the chance to see my full profile, and it logically enough states: View Full Profile. Do click on it. Once you’re at my full profile, you’ll see all my recommendations—and thank you to all of you who have recommended me already!—and the newest one, from Skip Freeman, is the reason I’m whining about the inability to invent new words! Whew…did you follow?
If I haven’t lost you, I’ll finally get to the point. Skip kindly asked me to review the recommendation before I posted it. The one thing we worked on together was the flow from strategy to tactics and back again. No strategy has meaning without tactics. But, if you focus solely on tactics, you’ll rapidly get lost, losing purpose, guidance, direction. What is required is a constant feedback loop, tying all tactics back to their guiding strategies, and tying all strategies to their actual execution and implementation. With each leap from tactic to strategy and back and again, you learn more and you improve your performance.
I thought about that both last night and in my meditations this morning, and it hit me that I had no single term for that constant flow. So, I got all creative and here’s the term I thought I invented:
I especially loved the fact that it focused on tactics first. In another post, I’ll discuss how we build strategies from the ground up, finding and exploiting harmonies amongst various tactical options. The simple thing to follow is just that a true understanding of tactics can offer spectacular strategic power. It can be awesome for your strategies to grow up naturally, as a result of tactical indications.
But, a single Google search dashed my sense of authorship and creativity. In fact, I have to mention a recent naming session—lasting about three or four weeks—with Pete Rouillard. We were working on coming up with a name together, and every single stroke of genius either one of us happened upon had not only been taken, but in fact already had its own web sight and full fledged presence. Mind you, we kept thinking we were inventing a word…but obviously, someone faster and brighter had already gotten there.
The great news is this. When you open your heart to the new forces here in our world, you’ll find that creativity, new ideas, new possibilities are exploding all around us. No, we can’t own it all, obviously. But, we can all benefit.
So, honor to the first guy or gal who put the prefix of “tactics” in front of the suffix from “strategics” (and who knows, maybe that combination has actually been around for decades and decades…?) and honor to the souls who have made it so easy for me to find out that some bold soul got there long before I did!!
You can be bold too. You can be bold just by exploring new areas you’ve known you should, but like me, have been letting weeks and months slip by without making the plunge. And, you can be bold by asking yourself, what tactics am I best at, already? Now, how can I bring those tactics together into a powerful strategy, to leap forward?
And, last point, if you wish to share, I’ll happily offer you my take on your tactegics, right here in our comments section. Or, if you’d like to discuss these things in private, just fill out the Contact the Consigliori form, and we’ll take it from there!
P.S. In case you might not have noticed yet, the Contact the Consigliori form is easily accessed by clicking on the second link in the LINKS section at the top, right hand side of this page!