Brilliant Manoeuvre
The essence of manoeuvre is the process of bringing to bear one’s strengths against the weaknesses of opponents. By extension, manoeuvre also requires the ability to avoid or coopt resistance and exploit the weaknesses or opportunities that appear on the path to the objective.

Example
The !Kung San (also known as the Bushmen) of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa have a traditional hunting technique that leverages their particular strengths marvelously while exploiting their prey’s weaknesses. The San are known for their ability to jog for hours in the mid-day heat of the desert they inhabit. They work together to separate their prey from the herd and then run it to exhaustion as a group. When the animal is at the point when it can’t run anymore and escape from the hunting band, the hunters come in for the kill at point blank range. The San have learned how to leverage their particular strengths: endurance, persistance, and cooperation; they use these to exploit their prey’s weakness: the inability to continue running for long periods of time.

Tip
Explore your self or your organization relentlessly to discover its centre of gravity. This is the particular concatenation of talents, stengths, weaknesses, and interests which confer balance and resilience to your self and organization.

Richard Martin is a consultant, speaker, and executive coach. He brings his military and business leadership and management experience to bear for executives and organizations seeking to exploit change, maximize opportunity, and minimize risk.

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