- How companies can understand competitors’ moves (January 2009) Even when companies change their strategies spontaneously, their competitors have a good chance of figuring out what they’ll do and when.
- Getting into your competitor’s head (February 2009) To anticipate the moves of your rivals, you must understand how their strategists and decision makers think.
Although the word "strategy" sounds grand and majestic, the true strategists are tricksters (Odysseus). The end supposedly justifies the means, but the means can be pretty mean. Like diplomacy, you may want to look away now.
Strategy can be ethically problematic, so a lot of books on strategic action are set in a safe historical period - like the Japanese samurai, or Sun Tzu's Art of War. Perhaps the best way to learn about modern strategy is to study biographies (not autobiographies) of business leaders. And read between the lines.