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Improving Position: How War Makes Us Happier

Sun Tzu teaches the our perceptions must always different from reality. For example, what is your perception of the increasing happiness of people all over the world? If you follow news media, you would think that people are suffering from record levels of unhappiness. However, the opposite is actually true. The best subjective measure of improving positions is not our perceptions of others, but their perception of themselves. When people are asked about their own happiness, the results are surprising.

The Pace of Change as a Business and Political Weapon

Climate is the strategic factor that Sun Tzu associates with change, but change itself can change, for example, technology has rapidly increased the pace of change over the last few decades. This increase in the pace of change is one of the key reasons why people need to better understand the principles of Sun Tzu so they can make better decisions faster. Businesses who want to leverage the increasing pace of change against their opponents should be promoting Sun Tzu's ideas about adaptability to their customers.

The Power of Position: Justice Kennedy as America's Most Powerful Man

Science defines nature as a near balance of opposing forces. The interesting stuff occurs as the boundaries. In Sun Tzu's strategy, we called these forces complementary opposites. One way to leverage those forces is to sit at the pivot point between them. However, by leveraging this point to much in one direction, you tip the balance, destroying the power of your position. A good example of this idea is the current position of Justice Kennedy as the pivot point of the Supreme Court.

Natural Systems: Stopping Change

Like most classical scientists, Sun Tzu sought to understand nature. Though he studied was human competition, he saw competition natural not a human artifact. Though human institutions are artificial because we create them, we do not create and cannot change the nature of competition itself. Whether we applaud it or hate it, one of the things that cannot stop is change. In watching this very entertaining video by Drew Carey ON Free Trade and

The Balance of Perspective: Chicken Little Media

One of the main benefits of learning Sun Tzu's system is that it forces you to think about the natural balance of reality. From Sun Tzu's perspective, nothing is good or bad in itself. Every development can be leveraged if you understand it. You can sail into the wind if you know how to tack. For example, the mainstream media has redefined its role in modern society as that of "Chicken Little," constantly running around claiming that the sky is falling.

Climate the Wildcard Element: Supreme Court Decisions

If Sun Tzu's strategy was a deck of cards (and we are working on that idea, by the way), the wild card in the deck would be a climate card. Certain trends in climate can be foreseen (the winter is cooler than the summer), but events that cannot be predicted can have a dramatic impact on strategic situations. This is why good strategy requires instant reflexes rather than sticking to plans.

Myopic Perspectives: Bias in Election Reporting

The most well-rounded perspective comes from consciously collecting a variety of viewpoints, but the most common problem in seeing positions is myopia. We are too close to them. This Ramussen poll illustrates the point nicely. All segments see media bias, but the further the distance from media viewpoints, the easier it is to see the outlines of this bias. Of course, the media doesn't see this bias at all.

The Power of Combination: VP Selections

Sun Tzu's Sun Tzu's strategy teaches that groups are stronger than individuals because we can combine our individuals strengths to negate our mutual weaknesses. The stability of a group depends on two factors: 1) a strongly shared mission (goals and values) and 2) a number of strengths in the other four key areas: climate, ground, character, and methods.

Advancing Positions: McCain's To-Do List

Once we understand the relative weaknesses of our position, we need to address its weaknesses. In comparing the five dimensions of a position, complete domination in one or two areas is less powerful than a slightly dominant position in three or more areas, and subjective impressions of positions are easier to change that their physical attributes.


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