Reference #41: An Elegant Puzzle


In "Good Strategy / Bad Strategy", Rumelt describes a strategy as having three parts: diagnosis, policies, and actions.

A diagnosis describes the current challenge. Written well, it should lead itself to several possible solutions.

Policies describe the general approach you'll take to address your challenge. There are often trade-offs between competing goals. A good policy takes a clear stance on conflicting goals, while a bad policy entrenches the status quo.

Actions are the specific steps to implement your policies. While easy to write, their difficulty comes with following through.

Larson. An Elegant Puzzle, 2019. (71-72)

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