30th May 2002 - The Art of War

In relation to my "Military Tactics in Business Strategy" research, I read the classic "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. It is interesting to notice that writings dating back to 500 B.C. have such in depth knowledge of the tactical issues that is taught to military leaders today. Additionally it is thought provoking to find the parallels with management in general.

Sun Tzu says: "Generally, management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization." A statement like this is a good thought provoker for entrepreneurships in growth. A couple of statements for negotiation: "Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance." and "When he concentrates, prepare against him; when he is strong, avoid him."

Sun Tzu states that: "For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." Such a statement leaves testimony of an old vision of peace and harmony of the state, and many others about fair treatment of retreating enemies and prisoners can be found.

I would recommend anybody dealing with strategy to read this book as I my opinion contributes with both wisdom and historical insight in the strategic discipline –both military and business…

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