Category Archives: Flexibility

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 – CEO of Variety

Sun Tzu said: 37. By altering his arrangements and changing his plans, he keeps the enemy without definite knowledge.  By shifting his camp and taking circuitous routes, he prevents the enemy from anticipating his purpose. 38. At the critical moment, … Continue reading

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VIII. Variation in Tactics – Readiness

Sun Tzu said: 11. The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on … Continue reading

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VIII. Variation of Tactics – Capturing the Advantage

Sun Tzu said:  8. If our expectation of advantage be tempered in this way, we may succeed in accomplishing the essential part of our schemes.  9. If, on the other hand, in the midst of difficulties we are always ready … Continue reading

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VIII. Variation in Tactics – Exceptions

Sun Tzu said:  3. There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.  4. The … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Conclusion

Sun Tzu said: 35. Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy.  Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. 36. When you surround an army, leave an outlet free.  Do not press a desperate foe too hard. … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Thunderbolt Move

Sun Tzu said: 18. In raiding and plundering be like fire, is immovability like a mountain. 19. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. In business: 18. In campaigning and … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Camouflaging Tactics

Sun Tzu said: 15. In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed. 16. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances. 17. Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – The Artifice of Variation

Sun Tzu said:  4. Thus, to take a long and circuitous route, after enticing the enemy out of the way, and though starting after him, to contrive to reach the goal before him, shows knowledge of the artifice of DEVIATION. … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Turning Risk to Opportunity

Sun Tzu said:  3. After that, comes tactical maneuvering, than which there is nothing more difficult.  The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain. In business: 3. After that, comes tactical … Continue reading

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