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The following is a list of relevant tips. Please click on a tip for more information.
  1. Attack in strength at weakness

  2. Be open to serendipity

  3. Be prepared to improvise

  4. Concentrate your efforts

  5. Deceive the "enemy"

  6. Exploit asymmetry

  7. Exploit favorable circumstances

  8. Exploit the "fog of war"

  9. Get the "big picture"

  10. Hope for the best, plan for the worst

  11. Implement a Management Control System

  12. Keep it simple

  13. Know your competitors

  14. Know your strengths and weaknesses

  15. Know your team

  16. Make "flexible plans"

  17. Monitor assumptions

  18. Never rest

  19. Plan with deliberate speed

  20. Plan with integrity

  21. Planning is important

  22. Planning should be linked to control

  23. Remember Murphy's Laws

  24. Remember people are planners

  25. Remember security -- walls have ears

  26. Remember the vision

  27. Search in your own backyard first

  28. Seek truth from facts

  29. Seize the initiative

  30. Set 'realistic' goals and objectives

  31. Shape situations

  32. Stick with the plan

  33. Strive to accomplish a noble purpose

  34. Surprise! Surprise!

  35. Take charge of the planning process

  36. Take minimal action

  37. The "worst case" can happen

  38. Think strategically

  39. Understand your business model

  40. Unity of command

  41. What gets measured gets managed.

  42. Work smarter, not harder

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