‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’

With these words, ‘Jesus placed his signature on a unique life’ writes Paramahansa Yogananda in his book The Second Coming Of Christ.

But what have these words got to do with strategy and strategic leadership?

It’s a good question.  And the answer involves the word delusion – ‘the action of imposing on others with false impressions’ according to one definition in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Although this might not apply to you, let’s take a simple business example to explain how delusion works.

You will have seen a strategy document.

It will be populated with a combination of words that include some or all of the following: purpose, identity, mission, vision, values and strategic priorities.

But this is not strategy - that particular word is missing.

Strategic priorities are not strategy either: they represent a delusion which paralyses your leadership.

Let me explain.

In the realm of logic, strategy occupies the domain of How - not who, why, where or what?

How are you going to achieve your objectives?

In August 1588 England faced a Spanish fleet of 130 ships that sailed from A Coruña, under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia. 

The Spanish fleet anchored off Calais.  And, before it could link up with the Duke of Parma’s invading army, the English scattered the enemy using their seamanship, fleet characteristics and fire-ships.

Fire ships - that’s what you are looking for - a simple and effective strategy.

Paramahansa Yogananda argues in The Second Coming of Christ that Jesus knew his destiny were he to be successful.  He was successful.

‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ said Jesus on the cross.

Yes, he was talking about a different level of delusion but its delusion all the same.

If you want to talk strategy and strategic leadership please email joseph3@zeteticmind.com