Category Archives: Picking Battles

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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IV. Tactical Dispositions – Defence

Sun Tzu said:  1.  The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. In business: 1. The good leaders of old first put themselves beyond the … Continue reading

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III. Action by Stratagem – Taking the Market Intact

Sun Tzu said:  1.  In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.  So, too, it is better to recapture … Continue reading

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II. Waging Business – The Cost of Heavy Campaigning

Sun Tzu said:  1. In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers, with provisions enough to carry them a thousand li, the expenditure … Continue reading

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