Elements of Adaptive Strategy

In Decision Making with the OODA Cycle, Don Greer explains how adaptive capacity (and, indeed, survival) is a function of how well and rapidly one can iterate through the cycle of Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. Developing a strategy is a form of orientation. That is, the output of a strategy guides decisions and actions aimed at generating desirable outcomes. An adaptive strategy is characterized by rapid and effective orientation and reorientation that responds to a changing environment.

In the following series, we introduce several tools and frameworks that we believe promote the elements of an adaptive strategy:

  • Leveraging cognitive diversity and applying multi-model thinking to make sense of a complex world
  • Soliciting and giving effective feedback to learn efficiently, and
  • Using visual representations to communicate—to ourselves and others—what we think.

Estimated Time to Complete This Lesson

It will take you about 45 minutes to an hour to complete this lesson:

Lesson Overview1 min1 min
Decision Making with the OODA Cycle3 min6 min9 min
Chatham House Rule1 min1 min2 min
Learning Faster with Effective Feedback4 min9 min13 min
The Case for Many Model Thinking3 min7 min10 min
Seeing What You Say3 min6 min9 min
Total15 min29 min44 min