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VIII. Variation in Tactics – Study the Faults

Sun Tzu said: 13. These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war. 14. When an army is overthrown and its leader slain, the cause will surely be found among these five dangerous faults.  … Continue reading

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VIII. Variation in Tactics – The Five Faults

Sun Tzu said: 12. There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of … 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 in Tactics – Reducing the Competition

Sun Tzu said: 10. Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; and make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point. In business: 10. Reduce the … 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 – Advantage and Disadvantage

Sun Tzu said:  5. The general who does not understand these, may be well acquainted with the configuration of the country, yet he will not be able to turn his knowledge to practical account.  6. So, the student of war … 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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VIII. Variation in Tactics – Market Guidance

Sun Tzu said:  1.  In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign, collects his army and concentrates his forces  2. When in difficult country, do not encamp.  In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies.  … Continue reading

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