I realized at once that I had failed to write clearly. Still, I joked: "Oh, yes, making the competition believe that everything is leverage is a good leverage too ... because, as Sun Tzu says, when you defend everywhere, you're not defending anywhere."
Yesterday, we asked: "Are beans in bamboo containers strategic for your army? " and answered "Yes" to that question.
But not all bags of beans can be strategic. They are when they meet the following conditions:
- The competition sort of relied on their cavalry. What if they came in boats, on elephants, or merely on foot?
- Their horses were poorly fed. What if the other side's commander got wind of you plan and prepared properly for that?
- You can take advantage of the ensuing chaos in their cavalry. What if you were far too outnumbered?
- The other side's commander would not adapt quickly. What if they dismounted and shot with their arrows, as the Mongols would/did?
- Even the weather would be on your side: If it rained too heavy, if the wind blew too hard, their horses would not be able to catch the enticing smell of your steaming beans on the grounds.
- The other side's horses would not come with mouth guards.
- The other side did not use some medicine to de-sensitize their horses' sense of smell.
- Maybe many, many more factors.
When Do Trash Become Strategic Assets?
You need the big picture, the mosaic, the collage where each trash becomes a component, an element, a cog the wheel, a brick in the cathedral, and so on.
How Do You Get the Big Picture, the Mosaic, the Collage?
Two methods as far as I know:
- Your parents have coup d'oei in their DNA
- You hire McKinsey, Bain, Booz, Accenture, HopeHero etc.