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Managing between winning and losing

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Submitted by Jay (United States), Sep 16, 2008 at 05:27

Human nature seems to have an urge to declare a war as won or lost. It is a tidy hope,but at times it doesnt quite fit the puzzle.Sometimes a fight is successively managed for a long time until either the landscape on the ground has a large new population,or the existing population has grown old ,passed,and given way to a new way of thinking.Understanding that sometimes there is something between victory and defeat,doesnt mean that managing should always take precident to winning.It could be that one of the the definitions of a strong nation or superpower, is a country that is better at winning than managing.

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