Article PDF: 4.3 Situation Forms

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Six rules for identifying and evaluating the four key forms of opportunity.

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This article explains the four main forms in which opportunity appears. The most important weapon in strategy is the human mind. The most important strategic space only exists in our mental mapping of the territory. Our biggest strategic challenge in evaluating opportunities is understanding the shape of this strategic space. Physical strategic space is easier to understand, but it is becoming less important in our decisions. Psychological strategic space is harder to understand, but it is becoming increasingly important. As we move deeper into the information age, understanding the shape of our opportunities in psychological strategic space is virtually impossible without powerful analogies that connect to our sense of physical space.