Standards for Play Book Articles

Number and Title: The number shows where the principle falls in rules outline and the title is a short description of concept. 

Description: The number of other key methods referenced by this principle and its general purpose.

"Art of War Quote:  "A quote from Sun Tzu that generally the idea principle abnd its location in the standard translation" Sun Tzu's The Art of War 5:2:14-16

"Perspective Quote:  A quote referencing the concept from another perspective, usually of modern writers or Western philosophers.

General Principle: A one sentence statement of the principles involved.

Situation: The primary situation or conditions to which the principle applies. This describes the problem or challenges that the principle addresses. This is usually only one paragraph long. The situation section should explain when it is appropriate to apply these principles and will be used later on to help people find the right principles to address a current challenge.

Opportunity: This section discussed the opportunity and benefits of learning this principle, what how it will help us to do better and why. This section is usually only one paragraph as well. Often this section may refer to other conceptually related principles in Sun Tzu's rules (Warning: links only work for members) or other related principles in modern science of psychology.  References to other Play Book principles are described generally followed by a link to their number and title in parentheses (7.2 Strategic Standards).

Key Methods: This section breaks down the general principle into a series of steps for action or points of analysis.  It is shown as a numbered list. The purpose is to make the general principle more actionable as a series of steps. These steps are all based on other priniciples of Sun Tzu's Playbook. The method of Sun Tzu's strategy is to apply one principle by working through the other related principles to create the needed methods. The standard is to use a number list in this section for key methods.

1. Each step or key method is put in italics.  The step is described in terms of the principle involved. It is not phrased in terms of the more general principle on which it depends.

2. A general description of step is given. After each principle, it is explained in no more than one paragraph. Rather than get too detailed in a single article or listed rules, break concepts up into separate articles.  The aim is to maximize the result of reading not the amount of information involved just as aim is about maximizing our decisions.

3. The step does not include examples but offers a generalization. Rather than use examples in this section, the are referred to in the next section as illustrations. The description here is a simple and direct as possible just as move is creating the best response.

4. After the last sentence of the description, the related principles in the list is referenced in parentheses. This is the related principle of which the step is based. For example, for an principle related to listening (2.0 Developing Perspective, 3.0 Identifying Opportunities).

Illustration: In this section, we illustrate the methods above giving examples. Sometimes this illustration will provide separate examples from different competitive areas for each listed rules, but often it will related to one competitive area. The illustration may work through a specific problem, such as finding a job, opening a business, dealing with a relations, building a sports team, and so on--is also often a better illustration. This entire article is, of course, such an illustration.

1. The method is repeated in italics before the example is given.

2. The number of examples maters the number of the steps in the rules section.

3. Each example is as short as possible.

4. Examples do not reference general principle articles.

Competitive Arenas: