Saturday, August 22, 2009
"The unknowing try to defend everything at once, but the knowledgeable look at the main point only; they parry the worst blows and stand a little hurt if thereby they avoid a greater one. If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing." - Frederick the Great
The following is part of an ongoing series or articles & seminar presentations I do on Military Leadership Principles adapted for business owners and managers. The thoughts below were contributed by an old friend who has also been my mentor since the late 80's - S.L.
In business, as in war, the purpose of defensive operations is to buy time, hold terrain, facilitate other operations, preoccupy your adversary, and erode his resources. Your situation & circumstances will always differ; the principles always remain the same. Defending forces await the attacker's blow and defeat the attack by successfully deflecting it. Waiting for the attack is not a passive activity - leaders/managers should seek to strengthen their forces through training and provide no advantage to an adversary before hostile actions begin.
o Is aggressive.
o Uses accurate / integrated direct fire - think "Counter-measures."
o Maximizes firepower, ability to maneuver, and leverage protection - think: "Keep your options open."
o Denies your adversary the ability to use leverage or to gain initiative.
o Contains the following characteristics:
- Effective monitoring and surveillance
- Flexible, adaptive, and exploit opportunities
- Fusion of command & control, technologies, and precision fire
To be ready, one MUST:
o Study the surrounding terrain in great detail with complete understanding - Be knowledgable & totally aware of your operational environment.
o Continually rehearse (either mentally or physically) actions to be taken if an attack occurs whenever and wherever you are at any moment day or night. Have contingency plans, policies and written SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) in place, and make sure your management staff are aware of them.
o Preparations are continuous and in-depth (PACE - Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency).
o Ensure outer perimeter reconnaissance and both inner and outer surveillance are effective and continuous. Be aware of when you are being observed, and when your perimeter is being probed.
o Apply deception wherever feasible - Throw out red herrings; give your opposition false targets to go after.
TO WIN WITHOUT FIGHTING - this is the greatest victory - Sun Tzu
o Make yourself a 'Hard Target' - create the ability / appearance of being "too hard to do."
o Know your job and be prepared to perform it in every way - "Fate Favors the Prepared."
o Detect reconnaissance and surveillance - Know when you are being watched, when your organization is being probed.
o Give your adversary nothing of value that is within your sphere of influence.
- contributed by STORMRUNNER – the "Deacon of Doom", old friend and mentor of STORMBRINGER.