Definitions: Strategy, Tactic, and Technique – Erik Kondo


I recently asked people to provide their definitions of the terms, Strategy, Tactic, and Technique. The idea was to determine if there was a general agreement/consensus on the termonology. Here are the results.

– “Is more macro, an overall approach to long-term success/goal achievement. “
– “Answers the “what” question”
– “Overall plans to achieve an objective based on the doctrine”
– “Overall plan to achieve a goal (includes a back up and accounting any external factors that might hinder the plan).”
– “Multiple Tactics + Tactical Context create Simple Strategies”
– “Multiple Simple Strategies + Strategic Context create Comprehensive Strategies”
– “Is the overarching framework, the goal to be achieved”
– “Goals dictate strategy”

– “More micro in scope. A tactic more momentarily-decided to achieve a short-term goal”
– “Answers the “how” question”
– “Tactics is applied technique”
– “Tactics is when you intentionally try to create a situation, for which you have a great solution.” 
– “The specific methods in carrying out the strategy”
– “Organized means and methods used in a strategy to put it into action.”
– “Tactics are combined, they form an overall strategy.”
– “Multiple Techniques + Technical Context create Tactics”
– “Are how you you achieve it within given variables.
– A combination of techniques to accomplish a task.”
– Strategy dictates tactics.
– “Are the application of all capabilities to achieve a very specific result despite changing variables.”

– “Can be mental/psychological/emotional, can be used cumulatively for/to encompass either and vary greatly in range as to how they comprise each. They can be small/temporary or larger/longer-term.”
– “Is a tool”
– “Technique does not exist in a vacuum, but as a solution to a particular problem. Technique works like a tool in this – situation, solving the problem.”
– “The detailed applications”
– “Skills, training and ability combined to apply tactics in a situation”
– “Are the steps that create the tactics.”
– “Is the toolbox you use to build what you need to make the tactics work to achieve the strategic mission.”
– “A particular movement.”


While there are differences as to how people define these terms. The above definitions provide a useful overall view of how many people use and interpert these three terms.

One Comment

  1. David Hubbard

    That’s interesting how Tactics and Strategy are “defined” differently by people when they are synonyms of each other. Personally I have always seen them interchangeably.

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