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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 – Advancing Uphill

Sun Tzu said: 33. It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill. 34. Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight; do not attack soldiers whose temper is … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Husbanding Strength

Sun Tzu said: 31. To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to be well-fed while the enemy is famished:–this is the art of … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – A Keen Spirit

Sun Tzu said: 28. Now a soldier’s spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is bent only on returning to camp. 29. A clever general, therefore, avoids an … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Robbing the Spirit

Sun Tzu said: 26. In night-fighting, then, make much use of signal-fires and drums, and in fighting by day, of flags and banners, as a means of influencing the ears and eyes of your army. 27. A whole army may … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – A Single United Body

Sun Tzu said: 24. Gongs and drums, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point. 25. The host thus forming a single united body, is it impossible either … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Culture and Systems

Sun Tzu said: 23. The Book of Army Management says:  On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough:  hence the institution of gongs and drums.  Nor can ordinary objects be seen clearly enough:  hence the … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Ponder and Deliberate

Sun Tzu said: 21. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. 22. He will conquer who has learnt the artifice of deviation.  Such is the art of maneuvering. In business: 21. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Giving Credit

Sun Tzu said: 20. When you plunder a countryside, let the spoil be divided amongst your men; when you capture new territory, cut it up into allotments for the benefit of the soldiery. In business: 20. When you reap the … 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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