Logistics Without Tactical or Strategic Thought


Stephen Leacock was a Canadian author in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He lived not far from where I live. Wikipedia claims that in 1911, more people knew of Leacock than knew of Canada and they further claim that in the period up to 1925 or so, he was the most popular humorist writing in English. I wonder if Mark Twain knew that? I suppose he was more correctly a satirist.

Leacock did have a way of expressing things so they stick in your mind.

This excerpt from “Gertrude the Governess” a part of “Nonsense Novels” published in 1911, explains clearly what happens when you get ahead of yourself in the planning process.

“Lord Ronald flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.”

I imagine the result of this was less than ideal.

Try to avoid implementing before you have a clear look at what you are trying to do and an awareness of all the options available for its completion.

Here are some other thoughts on planning.   Problem Solving   What is Planning For?

Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario. don.s@protectorsgroup.com

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