The Art of Strategy - Part Two

"Strategy is a Vital Skill for the Organization"

The Chinese classics were written in a very general universal style. They were meant to be templates for life experience.

Sun Tzu The Art of Strategy

In the Art of Strategy, Sun Tzu begins:

“This is the Art of Strategy
It is the most important skill in the Nation.
In Situation of Life and death,
It is the Way of Survival or Extinction.
Its study cannot be neglected”

Sun Tzu The Art of Strategy

Templates to be used by anyone, at any time, in any situation.

The language of China lends itself well to this phenomenon. Each character is a multidimensional picture of an idea. For example the word Bing Fa could literally mean Martial Art, Strategy, Conflict, or War.

Three words in the opening of the Art of Strategy are very important. First Strategy (Strategy, Tactics, Martial Art etc), second Skill and third Study; Signify that it is not an inborn quality or skill to have but a learned skill that must be studied in order to win over life’s conflicts, in fact, in order to survive.

What is a strategy?

A strategy is a systematic approach in winning long-term objectives.

I have said that bing-fa means literally martial art, but the way that Sun Tzu uses it, its meaning is closer to the way we use the term Strategy.

The English term, strategy, after all is from the ancient Greek, meaning literally, the thinking of a general.

So both terms have very similar foundations because military generals were the first group of managers that had to think long-term about complex competitive situations that were literally matters of life and death.

There have been many good generals in history that were able to do this, but Sun Tzu offers something different. He was able to turn strategy into an art.

What makes strategy an art?

Only one thing: the ability to consistently reproduce CREATIVE results.

When you or anyone masters Sun Tzu’s art of strategy system, they are able to more completely understand their situation and make the right decisions.

It doesn’t require any innate inborn skill. Unlike all other strategic thinkers in history, Sun Tzu was able to break-down the steps in building a strategy into simple components.

Why is this strategic art necessary?

Because our instinctual reactions to competitive situations is Inappropriate

We have all heard of born salespeople, born buyers, born bargainers but no one is a born strategist.

Our natural “inborn” reaction to competitive challenges is “flight” or “fight,” running away from challenges or getting into costly battles with people and organizations.

Sun Tzu teaches that strategy is a skill, something that we have to learn.

Strategy has a different approach to competition.

It teaches advancing your position is such a way that people cannot attack it and, ideally, over time, people want to join you.

Strategy is not for idealists but pragmatic people.

It is based on certain economic realities and teaches us how to use simple mathematics to calculate our possibilities and basic psychology to understand and persuade our opponents.

Strategy is a continual process, not a one-time planning effort. It charts out where you want to go and generally how you want to get there, but it also teaches the skills for taking advantage of opportunities that come your way everyday.

The Art of Strategy (Navigation)

The Art of Strategy - Introduction
Introduction and main page.

The Art of Strategy - Part One
Perspective on the writing of Sun Tzu's Treaty.

The Art of Strategy - Part Two You Are Here!
Three words in the opening of the Art of Strategy are very important.

The Art of Strategy - Part Three
Two main issues that the Art of Strategy deals with..

The Art of Strategy - Part Four
The Art of Strategy Positioning and Advance.

The Art of Strategy - Part Five
The Art of Strategy The advance Cycle

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