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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 – Local Intelligence

Sun Tzu said: 14. We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides. In business: 14. We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Knowing Before Striking

Sun Tzu said: 12. We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors. 13. We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Securing Resource

Sun Tzu said: 11. We may take it then that an army without its baggage-train is lost; without provisions it is lost; without bases of supply it is lost. In business: 11. We may take it then that a team … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Exaggerated Ambition

Sun Tzu said:  9. If you march fifty LI in order to outmaneuver the enemy, you will lose the leader of your first division, and only half your force will reach the goal. 10. If you march thirty LI with … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Stupidity

Sun Tzu said:  7. Thus, if you order your men to roll up their buff-coats, and make forced marches without halting day or night, covering double the usual distance at a stretch, doing a hundred LI in order to wrest … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Judgement

Sun Tzu said:  6. If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late.  On the other hand, to detach a flying column for the purpose … Continue reading

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VII. Maneuvering – Discipline

Sun Tzu said:  5. Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous. In business: 5. Maneuvering with a disciplined company is advantageous; with an undisciplined crowd of employees, most dangerous.

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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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