'That tidal wave he made on the first throw all but beached us." The cyclops tries to kill Odysseus and his men when they tried to escape. "Aye He'll smash our timbers and our heads together! I would not heed them in my glorying spirit." The reason they escaped was all because of the cyclops trying to kill amd devour him and his men.
Odysseus deciding whether to act spontaneously, or try to save his men. He knew if he tried to kill the cyclops alone he would just kill more of his men. Odysseus's arrogance makes it more difficult for himself. Which makes him try to strategize a plan to be able to save his men.
Odysseus had conflicts with his own men throughout his time. "'Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it?" His people were wanting to escape and get away from Odysseus with every chance they had. "We'll drive the kids and lambs aboard."