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XII. The Attack – Control Tower

Sun Tzu said: 11. A wind that rises in the daytime lasts long, but a night breeze soon falls. 12. In every army, the five developments connected with fire must be known, the movements of the stars calculated, and a … Continue reading

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XII. The Attack – Delivery and Direction

Sun Tzu said:  9. (4) If it is possible to make an assault with fire from without, do not wait for it to break out within, but deliver your attack at a favorable moment. 10. (5) When you start a … Continue reading

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XII. The Attack – The Five Ways

Sun Tzu said:  1.  There are five ways of attacking with fire.  The first is to burn soldiers in their camp; the second is to burn stores; the third is to burn baggage trains; the fourth is to burn arsenals … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Follow then Strike

Sun Tzu said: 66. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground. 67. Walk in the path defined by rule, and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Rush In

Sun Tzu said: 65. If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. In business: 65. If the competition leaves a door open, you must rush in.

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Crisis to Victory

Sun Tzu said: 58. Place your army in deadly peril, and it will survive; plunge it into desperate straits, and it will come off in safety. 59. For it is precisely when a force has fallen into harm’s way that … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Local Guides

Sun Tzu said: 52. We cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their designs.  We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country–its … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Consolidate

Sun Tzu said: 46. Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose.  On facile ground, I would see that there is close connection between all parts of my army. 47. On contentious ground, I would … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – Penetrate Deeply

Sun Tzu said: 41. The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; the expediency of aggressive or defensive tactics; and the fundamental laws of human nature:  these are things that must most certainly be studied. 42. When invading … Continue reading

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XI. The Nine Market Situations – CEO of Subtlety

Sun Tzu said: 39. He burns his boats and breaks his cooking-pots; like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep, he drives his men this way and that, and nothing knows whither he is going. 40. To muster his host … Continue reading

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