Analogies Explain

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Let’s take sports. The one team has a clear strategy. Their formation on the field is based on that strategy. Each player knows what their job is and how to do it. They communicate among themselves and with the coaching staff. And they can adjust to changing circumstances on the field. They play as a team.

The other team does not have a clear strategy. Its formation on the field is unstructured. The players are in disagreement about who does what, when and how. Nor are their coaches completely in agreement. They don‘t play as a team.

What happens? Everyone in the stadium, watching on tv, listening on the radio knows the outcome of the game. One team wins, the other loses.

What about in the operating room of a hospital? What happens to the patient if the operating team doesn’t work well together? Surgeon, specialists, assistants – I wouldn’t want to be that patient.

Is it any different in a political campaign? Those are complex teams. And in war? Very few of us have fought in a war. But the fundamental dynamic is the same. The results, however, are far more serious. Those who understand each other and work as a team leave the battlefield with their lives.