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.