Coleen Baik

An emphasis of process over end-result leads to byzantine ways of thinking and proceeding.

In these ways, people who want to do something a new way are discouraged because they are not following the “correct process”.

In can also be called “doctrinaire thinking”.

The Japanese tactical doctrine in WW2 emphasized this. During the Battle of Midway, they followed the “correct process” — assembling their aircraft into formations prior to flying off to attack the American targets. The Americans, meanwhile, said to hell with process and fired off all their squadrons piecemeal, in order to overwhelm the enemy. The Americans won.

The Japanese were so obsessed with following the correct process they forgot their objective: to hit the target first.

(By the way: military strategy is an artform.)

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