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Ann Quindlen and the Failure of the Mainstream Media

A recent column by Ann Quindlen called "Follow the Leader" seems a great illustration of why the mainstream media is going bankrupt. Quindlen has written a long time for Newsweek, a dinosaur that is on its last legs. Her thesis here is that America's unhappiness with Obama arises because we are too confused to understand complex issues. Her writing then goes on to demonstrate that Ms. Quindlen is too confused to understand the simplest issues.

Obama Cabinet: No Competitive Experience

If this administration seems particularly clueless, there is a reason. Less than 10% of Obama's Cabinet have any experience in the public sector. This is by far the lowest of any Cabinet in history where the averages has been around 40%. Without private sector experience, cabinet members lack any feel for competitive environments and how they work (see chart, via Nick Schulz's article in The American).

Warrior's Rules: 

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The Benefits: Success in Business

As many of our sales success stories suggest, Sun Tzu's Sun Tzu's strategy doesn't only make salespeople more successful, but it dramatically helps the businesses for which they work. Of course, sales is always a major concern for business owners. Ashley Alexis is a small business owner and she reports that our training has been "helpful" saying:

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Redividing the Ground: Palin as VP Pick

Part of Sun Tzu's rules for picking the right battles is knowing how to "divide" the ground. ("You can divide the ground and yet defend it." AOW 6:3:15) We get locked into seeing the ground as fixed and limited, but new ground is constantly being created by the way we divide it. ("Surprise is as infinite as the weather and land." AOW 5:2:5) For example, listening to the Sunday talk shows, the pundits don't seem to realize that Palin redivides the ground in a new way. No, she doesn't get the hard-core Hillary feminist who is pissed at Obama.

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.

Networks and Hierarchies

Competitive environments that require strategy are open networks. In these networks, people, individually and in organizations, are relatively free to act, choosing their own partnerships. Within larger organization, we find controlled environments, in which hierarchies define who does what and works with whom. Within these hierarchies, planning is not only possible, but necessary.

The Wealth Gap

Sun Tzu's strategy is the science of comparing relative positions. Sun Tzu's strategy offers a system for understanding the dynamics of positions. These dynamics create short-term random "jitters" in positions, but when you understand them, you can harness their power to create long-term progress in one direction or another.


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