The Advancing 'Global Warming' Positions

Understanding strategic positions requires more than simply reading the labels. In my last post, the topic covered the difficulties people have seeing their own position. I sometimes describe having a position like being in a jar. You cannot read the label on the jar from the inside. Discussing positions is also difficult because they are frequently intentionally mislabeled. A great example of this is the “global warming” debate.

Another Aspect of the Dynamic Climate

Most of the climate that affects our lives is not the natural climate, but the climate of society. Strategically, however, the same rules apply. Though this climate exists in the movement of ideas, emotions, and decisions of people, not in the movement of air, water, and energy, the social climate is as dynamic, uncontrollable, and unpredictable as the natural climate. Like the natural climate, it swings from one extreme to another. You see these swings most clearly in every free market. You cannot legislate this human climate any more than you can legislate the natural climate.

What Does Mr. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Think of Global Warming?

Believe it or not, Richard S. Lindzen did not write this article making my point about those trained in science seeing global warming differently at my request. More importantly, he also makes Sun Tzu’s key point about the nature of the climate in opposition to the way the climate is characterized in the global warming debate:

The Ground for Global Warming

Just finished training a number of comporate managers on strategy and have another book deadline coming up, so I don't have a lot of time to post, but the global warming question has generated so many thoughtful responses (recently from Steven D. and James B.) that I thought I would see if we can take the question back to issues of strategy, which after all, is the purpose of this blog.


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