Strategies are the plans we craft to accomplish our goals.
Too many strategies and inertia sets in. Too few strategies suggests our goals may be too simplistic. To channel Goldilocks, what we're looking for when crafting strategies is just the right number that will engage us and our team fully without overwhelming us, that will keep us focused on our vision, that are tightly aligned to our mission, and that move us in substantive ways toward our goals.
Two things that should never be part of our palette of strategies: hope and panic.
I've written about the futility of hoping for good outcomes before, here. And, Rudy Guiliani says, "...hope is not a strategy." Agreed.
Panic never produces positive results, either. In his book Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy quotes former Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Chuck Noll: "Leaving the game plan is a sign of panic, and panic is not our game plan." Indeed.