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The Beginning of the End...

The coincidences that continually manifest themselves in my studies of Winning Without Conflict are to say the least, interesting. What ever I'm reading, be it, the Daily Articles or a chapter from Business Warrior ~ Strategies for Entrepreneurs, it never fails to match the moment or something that has just recently happened. In essence it strengthens my motivation to continue my studies.

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Conan, NBC, and the Limited Situation

Conan O'Brien's has effectively out-maneuvered NBC by refusing to move with the Tonight Show to 12:05. His decision is a great demonstration of how easily much larger opponents are challenged in a transitional situation that relies on a few key resources. This is technically known in strategy as a limited situation (6.4.8 Limited Situations).

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Trust - Sun Tzu's Key to Leadership

Sun Tzu tells us one of the key factors of a good leader is to be trustworthy. At the same time, he tells us that all of war is deception. In addition, we are to treat our troops as our children. So, how does being trustworthy factor into our leadership and ultimately our strategy?

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Six Myths about Sun Tzu's the Art of War

Because the term "war" appears in the work's English title, people instantly jump to a lot of wrong ideas about Sun Tzu's work. Sun Tzu wrote his work to overcome these same misconceptions in his own era.

Myth One: The Art of War teaches hostile conflict.

Reality: The opposite is true. Sun Tzu's book teaches winning without conflict. He taught that a general that fights and wins a hundred battles is not a great general. A great general finds a way to win without fighting a single battle.

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Breast Exams and Health Strategy

The U.S. Preventive Task Force issued new clinical guidelines recommending that women 40-49 forgo annual mammograms. Given the attempt at the government to take over all health care and the way politicians send mixed signals, this is worth discussing in terms of health strategy. The report described the problems with more frequent mammograms as:

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Strategy in everyday life: My day with CSI

To educate and entertain my two young sons, I recently took them to our local science museum for an exhibit based on the popular television series, CSI. This exhibit was unlike others we have visited. When you enter, you are given an evidence card and watch a brief video from the star of the show. What struck me during this interview is a statement he made. Let me paraphrase it as I can't recall it as a quote. He said that dead victims are telling you what happened. The crime scene is telling you what happened. His advice? "Listen to the crime scene."

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