Strategy

A specific syntax of external and internal experience which consistently produces a specific outcome. Human experience is an endless series of representations. To deal with this endless sequence it is useful to suspend the process, and contextualize it in terms of outcomes.

Types of strategies

Everything We Do:

Strategies involve everything we do. All our daily activity is generated, maintained by strategies. Whether or not we finish what we do is governed by a strategy. We have strategies for….

Love Decision Relaxation
Hate Motivation Tension
Learning Happiness Fun
Forgetting Sex Boredom
Parenting Eating Marketing
Sports Health Wealth
Communication Disease Depression
Sales Creativity Poverty . . . . . . and, actually, everything else we do!

STRATEGIES STRUCTURAL WELL-FORMEDNESS CONDITIONS

* Has a well-defined representation of outcome.
* Uses all three (3) of the Major representational systems.
* At least three points in every loop.
* Every loop includes an exit point.
* Goes external after “N” steps or “X” time.
* Uses least number of steps to get the outcome.
* Logical sequence with no steps missing.
* Has the internal & external sensory modalities to get desired outcome.
* Preserves positive by-products and eliminates negative consequences.
* Follows T.O.T.E. model.
* Minimizes bad feelings.

FUNCTIONAL WELL-FORMEDNESS CONDITIONS

* Trigger which starts the process and carries with it the final criteria.
* Operations to alter the present state to bring it closer to the desired state.
Test which compares the present state to the desired state based on pre-sorted or ad hoc criteria.
* Decision point which determines the next step based on the congruence or lack of congruence of the test comparison.
Knowing the functional well-formedness conditions allows you to ask very specific and directed questions. Knowing the functional properties of strategies allows one to recognize when one receives an answer to a different question than the one asked.
QUESTIONS TO ELICIT STRATEGIES

Test: “What let you know it was time to decide?”
“When did you begin deciding?”
“How did you know it was time to decide?”

Operate: “How did you know there were alternatives?”
“How do you generate alternatives?”

Test: “How do you evaluate alternatives?”
“What has to be satisfied in order for you to decide?”
Exit: “How do you select which alternative to take?”
“How do you know (or what lets you know) that you have decided?”