For Those New to Sun Tzu's Strategy

There are hundreds of books written about different aspects strategy. The work here is different. It describes a universal strategy method, one that works not only in military and business competition but in every aspect of life. This is not a strategy of planning and analysis, but a method of acting and thinking in competitive situations. The skills we offer are based on Sun Tzu's concept of "strategic agility." We call this approach the Golden Key Strategy after the award-winning book, Golden Key to Strategy, which explains how to use Sun Tzu's system in a practical, easy way. This book is also available as a 7 1/2 hour audio course, you can listen to on your cell phone like a very long digital album. 

People can brag about reading Sun Tzu's The Art of War, but reading the work gives most people few insights about how competition works. In translation, Sun Tzu's The Art of War reads like a collection of vague military aphorisms. While we offer a free copy of the work for you to read, we encourage you to look beyond simply reading the work.

Our goal is to make it easy to apply Sun Tzu's simple methods to everyday challenges. To this end, we initially developed the first edition Golden Key to Strategy. Then we developed these concepts in much more detail in our nine-volume work, Sun Tzu's Golden Key Playbook. That decade of work was then boiled down in a larger, second edition of The Golden Key to Strategy in 101 two-page lessons as opposed to the 234 much longer articles of the Playbook. However, before you dive into the Golden Key, you may want to understand why learning this "science of strategy" is worth your time.

Our Decisions Matter

Sun Tzu's teachings fill a hole in our training. Sadly, our education system was designed to train workers not warriors, producers not competitors. Because of this, most of us fall back upon our instinctual "fight or flight" response when faced with challenges. Sun Tzu teaches that our success depends on our individual decision-making in interacting with other people. These decisions depend on our training. These instincts lead to destructive instead of productive decisions. Sun Tzu taught a new way for us to see competition.

A Vision of Success

Sun Tzu teaches that competition is not a conflict between enemies. Competition means a comparison among alternative positions. While we can compare our position to those of others, what we should compare is our current position to our potential positions. The methods of Golden Key Strategy allow you to improve your competitive position easily and continuously. Golden Key Strategy works in a dynamic environment of complementary opposing relationships. To reach our goals in this adaptive process, we avoid costly conflict and instead look for openings to build positions.

Easy and Inexpensive.

You can start mastering these ideas for free by reviewing the many articles on this website, starting with all the links in this article. Though SOSI has trained some of the world's largest organizations, this strategy is not just for the big decisions of big bosses. We do not make Sun Tzu's Rules complicated to sell expensive consulting. Start with our free copy of The Art of War. Then visit our site daily and read our Playbook Article of the Day on the top right of our front page. If you read daily, you can read through the entire Playbook over the course of the year. 

For Every Type of Challenge

Sun Tzu teaches us how to make productive decisions in competitive situations. Our Sun Tzu's Play Book takes his concepts from their original context of ancient Chinese culture and military warfare and puts them into general terms that apply to all modern competition. Each of the Play Book's nine sections covers a different area of competitive skills.

On the Front-Lines.

We are all on the front-lines of dealing with a more competitive world. Our strategy rules are not just for occasional planning meetings. Sun Tzu's Rules create a big-picture perspective about our competitive position and a set of tools for making better decisions about our external situation.

Train Gut Instincts.

Sun Tzu's Rules teach us what actions to take. They are not cerebral intellectual analysis. Competitive situations are so complex and dynamic that we must rely on our gut reactions. Conscious thought is linear and limited. We consciously train to learn rules, but mastery of those rules makes better decision-making automatic.