Unicist Logical Approach: There are no strategies, just strategists

Unicist Ontogenetic Map of Strategic AttitudeThis doesn’t mean that there are no objective aspects of strategy. It means that the necessary objective aspects of a strategy do not exist if they don’t fit into the strategist’s mind.

The Strategic Attitude

The strategic attitude is based on the integration of a value adding attitude and a value earning attitude, in order to adapt to an environment. Both the value adding and the value earning attitude are based on the individual’s ethical intelligence.

There are four different attitudes when dealing with strategic attitudes: Difference makers, Dividers, Adders and Multipliers.

Difference makers

Difference makers have a natural talent to build subjective value in order to increase the valuation of what is being negotiated.

The value they earn is based on the building of a value earning process created upon the value of others.

They are focused on actions driven by strong personal ideas of what they are doing.


They are those whose attitude to adapt to reality is based on a dividing attitude.

They are natural developers of alternatives, arguments and any dualistic solution to create a reasonable doubt to generate an empty space in which to find a place to adapt.

They are natural analysts, ideologists and promoters of different solutions within conservative contexts.


They are those whose natural attitude is to add to a given situation. They are natural positive thinkers who build upon the existing reality.

They do not care to compete with others, because they use others’ ideas. They need to build within a secure environment without changing the category of what they are building upon.

They are natural industrialists and doers.


They are those whose natural attitude is to find the roots of a given reality so as to be able to multiply the results in analogous and homologous fields.

Their capacity of perceiving homologies makes them multipliers. They need to find the nature of “things” in order to multiply.

They are natural discoverers and developers of new paradigms to use them to multiply results.


Understanding the strategy building process helps people to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses when developing strategic planning.  But it also helps to understand competitors’ strategy, based on the knowledge of those who lead their strategies.

Understanding the nature of the strategic approach implies being aware of the strategic attitude, the strategic ideology and the strategic action that prevail in each part.

This knowledge becomes essential for business intelligence to forecast the probable moves and plans of competitors and their consequent antidotes.

As Sun Tzu said:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of hundred battles.  If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.  If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.