Symbiosis is close and often long-term interaction between two or more different biological species. Some symbiotic relationships are obligate, meaning that both symbionts entirely depend on each other for survival. In business the symbiotic relationship shows up in an unusual way. It brings together simplicity and complexity in the form of strategy and execution.

Strategy must be simple. It must focus on the activity you want to monopolize. Execution is complex. It needs nuance, it takes time to perfect, it requires relentless measurement, tireless tests. It requires the embracing of failure. It takes exhaustive practice. It is multi-layered and cross departmental. But without direction, simple clarity on strategy, execution is merely hysterical activity confusing effectiveness with activity!

Strategy and execution, simplicity and complexity, the symbiotic relationship at the heart of every long term, successful business.