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Monday, December 11, 2017
Article written by Hans Bool

A Personal Strategy: Do You Have One?

Have you thought about you personal strategy (yet)? If (not) so, than you should read the following book (you probably know about the existence);

Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age (By Thomas T. Perls, Margery Hutter Silver)

I came across this book through a review that was published in El Semanal (www.xlsemanal.com). The review presented a small test to calculate your live expectancy; “The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator,” that is further described in the book.

“Could you please tell me what this test has to do with strategy?” Yes, I can.

Here are some of the questions (translated from Spanish):
  • Do you smoke or are you (often) with smokers?
  • Do you take (a lot of) sun?
  • Do you take an aspirin every day?
  • Do you practice a dental hygiene 2-3 times a day?
  • Do you eat little meat and much fruit?
There are in total 21 questions. Now the clue is that each response to a question will result in more or less points. Using a simple formula you get your life expectancy. Adding all up.

The strategic issue about not only the test -- but about this way of life -- is that if you want to achieve something on the longer term (which in this case is some how ambiguous because of so many other factors influencing the expectancy..) , but again if you want to achieve something on the long term, you need to invest NOW to reap the benefits in the FUTURE.

In business this is not any different. What you need to do is line up with all the members of the organization. Communicate the strategy and show what current investments will be involved. That is, if you want to harvest in the future.

© 2006 Hans Bool
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