Article PDF: 8.1 Successful Positions

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Four rules describing how we evaluate the value of positions after they are won.

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This article explains why we must not assume every position we win is valuable. Every advance is an experiment. The experiment proves itself only if it gives us rewards that make it worth the costs it takes to maintain that position. Winning a new position gets us closer to victory, but the new position must proof itself valuable. a victory in the most generic sense of the word. The strategic process is not complete at the point of victory. It isn’t enough to win a dominating position. We must make that position pay. Many of us make the mistake of focusing on the day-to-day operational issues while losing sight of strategic issues. Strategic issues must always come first. Improving operations might allow us to produce more resources from a given position, but our position must be make those resources available to us.