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The Art of War-Strategy and Tactics for Executives and Security Professionals

The key teachings from the Art of War to apply in the corporate world and leverage for senior executives and security professionals
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Tony Ridley

on 25 June 2010

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Transcript of The Art of War-Strategy and Tactics for Executives and Security Professionals

The Art of War

Strategy and Tactics for Executives and Security Professionals Implementation If the instructions are unclear, it is the fault of the leader If the orders are clear but not carried out, it is the failing of the subordinates Adversary Know your enemy and know yourself and in 100 battles you will never be in peril
To win 100 battles is not the height of skill-to subdue the enemy without fighting is
Avoid what is strong, attack what is weak
It is more important to outthink your adversary than to outfight him
Do not advance relying on sheer power alone Let your plans be as dark as night
-then strike like a thunderbolt
In battle use a direct attack to engage and an indirect attack to win
Opportunity
There are 5 fundamental factors for success in war:
weather,
terrain,
leadership,
battle doctrine and most importantly,
moral influence
To move your adversary, entice him with something he is certain to take
Put your resources in the face of outright collapse where there is no escape and they will not flee or be afraid
-there is nothing they cannot achieve
All warfare is deception It is essential to seek out adversary agents who have come to spy against you and bribe them to serve you The way a wise leader can achieve greatness beyond ordinary men is through foreknowledge
When a falcon’s strike breaks the body of it prey, its because of timing.
When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of momentum.
Choose your tactic
It is essential for victory that commanders are unconstrained by their leaders
Make your enemy prepare on his left and he will be weak on his right
The winning army realizes the conditions for victory first, then fights. The losing army fights first then seeks victory
No nation has every benefited from prolonged war
Those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle. They are not brought by him
Move only when you see and advantage and there is something to gain
Only fight if a position is critical
When the enemy occupies elevated ground, do not confront him
If he attacks downhill, do not oppose him
There are some armies that should not be fought.
Some ground that should not be contested
When people leave, are insubordinate, collapse or are routed in battle, it is the fault of the leader
Competition is a matter of vital importance to the company.
It is a matter of life and death, survival or ruin Focus The angry can be made happy again but the dead cannot be brought back to life
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