Image by Sean MacEntee via Flickr

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
–  Sun Tzu

The Corona Trial is underway.  The prosecutors and defendants are locked in the heat of battle.  On the prosecutor side, the strategy is to highlight the Chief Justice‘s lack of moral leadership.  For the defense, having in its fold a former supreme court justice gives them the edge in terms of legal intellect.  It seems as if this is a debate between students and professors, of high energy youngsters against grizzled veterans of the courtroom.  Let’s see which side takes advantage of their strengths and pounces on the weakness of the opponent.

So why do both sides need to strategize?  The reason is obvious.  In any battle, a good strategic plan will carry you towards your desired endpoint.  Whether in sports, business, or in this game called life, beginning with the end in mind (as pointed out by Steven Covey) is already half the battle won.

What are the characteristics of a good strategy?  Let’s make its elements easy to remember.

S – A good strategy must be able to STEER us towards the right course of action.

T – A strategic plan must be TIME-BOUND so we can set a deadline for the accomplishment of essential tasks.

R – We must identify the RESOURCES available to us in carrying out the plan.

A – Realize what your ADVANTAGE is.  Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, and use these strengths to offset threats.

T – Pick out the key people on your side and work in synchrony.  TEAMWORK is vital.

E – EXPLOIT opportunities.  This means your strategy could change depending on the situation you face.

G – Have a clear-cut GOAL.  Avoid distractions that can lead you astray.

Y –  Finally, your strategy must be YOURS.  Never let others dictate upon it.

So who emerges on top?  Prosecution or defense?  Let the senators be the judge, while we watch on the sidelines.  But remember to be involved – this trial is crucial for our country’s democracy.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s