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McNamara Strategy

I started watching this video because I am considering using some of these film/video techniques in a video production. However, I thought the video was so good I decided to post it on my blog.

Now McNamara is certainly a controversial figure but he does have some interesting points for strategic thinking. And he has proven to be successful personally if not globally.

The video goes over 11 Lessons we can learn from McNamara. Could we call this the McNamara strategy? It’s a long video, so I listed the main points.

Lesson #1. Empathize with your enemy
Lesson #2 Rationality will not save us
Lesson #3. There’s something beyond oneself
Lesson #4. Maximize efficiency
Lesson #5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war
Lesson #6. Get the data
Lesson #7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong
Lesson #8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning
Lesson #9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
Lesson #10. Never say never
Lesson #11. You can’t change human nature.