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Edgar on Strategy (Part VII): When evaluating strategies, go beyond good and evil, and keep the narrative in mind

Our propensity to see the world in terms of good and evil might be described as a shared, though ill-defined, moral conviction so strong that it blinds leaders to the complex motives, interests, and perspectives of other actors.

From the series editor: Starting this week, and for most of the remainder of this series, we’ll address themes that are more readily recognized and addressed in contemporary discussions of strategy. (This week the theme is narrative; next week it is creativity.) Some readers have commented that the series has been too eclectic, with no discernible direction. An understandable critique at this point, but not entirely accurate. Stay calm! I’ll contextualize the more eclectic themes in relation to the more familiar ones when we conclude the series in a couple of months. – Paul Edgar

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