G is for Grand Strategy

The Gods on Mount Olympus


Strategy 12 from The 33 Strategies of War. Greene calls grand strategy “the art of looking beyond the battle and calculating ahead.” It involves constructing a plan with a clear goal in mind and adapting to the circumstances while keeping that goal in mind.

Creating a strong grand strategy is one of the toughest, yet most important skills to achieve power. In war, it means differentiating between fighting and winning, between contending for every advantage and being willing to lose some battles for the greater good you’re trying to achieve.