List of Sun Tzu's Warrior's Playbook Articles

Article ID Public Date Description
0.0 Comparing Choices 09/22/2017 The nine keys to winning by realistically comparing alternatives.
1.0.0 Competitive Positioning 09/22/2017 The eight keys to understanding competitive strategy in terms of developing relatively superior positions.
1.1.0 Position Paths 09/24/2017 The six keys to understanding the continuity of strategic positions over time.
1.1.1 Position Dynamics 09/25/2017 The seven keys to understanding how all current positions are always getting better or worse.
1.1.2 Defending Positions 09/26/2017 The six keys to understanding the basic ways that we defend our current positions until new positions are established.
1.1.3 Resisting Advances 09/27/2017 The eight keys to the most effective ways for advancing competitive positions.
1.2 Subobjective Positions 09/28/2017 The eight keys to understanding the subjective and objective aspects of a position.
1.2.1 Competitive Landscapes 09/29/2017 The seven keys to understanding the arenas in which rivals jockey for position.
1.2.2 Exploiting Exploration 09/30/2017 The seven keys to knowing how competitive landscapes are searched and positions utilized.
1.2.3 Position Complexity 10/01/2017 The seven keys to understanding how strategic positions arise from interactions in complex environments.
1.3 Elemental Analysis 06/07/2017 The eight keys to understanding the relevant components of all competitive positions.
1.3.1 Elemental Comparison 06/08/2017 The six keys to understanding how people compare positions based on their elements
1.3.2 Element Scalability 06/09/2017 The six keys to understanding how positions are analyzed by both component positions and elements.
1.4 The External Environment 06/10/2017 The seven keys to understanding the key external conditions shaping strategic positions.
1.4.1 Climate Shift 06/11/2017 The nine key keys to understanding forces of environmental change shaping temporary conditions.
1.4.2 Ground Features 03/04/2018 The ten keys to understanding the persistent resources that we can control.
1.5 Competing Agents 06/13/2017 The seven keys to understanding characteristics of competitors.
1.5.1 Command Leadership 06/14/2017 Twelve keys to understanding individual decision-making (leaders).
1.5.2. Group Methods 06/16/2017 The ten keys to understanding systems for executing decisions (skills).
1.6 Mission Values 10/10/2017 The eight keys to the goals and values needed for motivation.
1.6.1 Shared Mission 10/11/2017 The ten keys to finding goals that others can share.
1.6.2 Types of Motivations 10/12/2017 The six keys to understanding hierarchies of motivation that define missions.
1.6.3 Shifting Priorities 10/13/2017 Sun Tzu seven keys to how missions change according to temporary conditions.
1.7 Competitive Power 10/14/2017 The ten keys to understanding the sources of superiority in challenges.
1.7.1 Team Unity 10/15/2017 The ten keys to increasing our strength by the way we join with others.
1.7.2 Goal Focus 10/16/2017 Five keys to understanding strength as arising from concentrating efforts.
1.8 Progress Cycle 10/17/2017 The ten keys to understanding the adaptive loop by which positions are advanced.
1.8.1 Creation and Destruction 10/18/2017 The five keys to the creation and destruction of competitive positions.
1.8.2 The Adaptive Loop 10/19/2017 The eight keys to the continual reiteration of position analysis.
1.8.3 Cycle Time 10/20/2017 The four keys to understanding the importance of speed in feedback and reaction.
1.8.4 Probabilistic Process 10/21/2017 The six keys to understanding the role of chance in strategic processes and systems.
1.9 Competition and Production 10/31/2017 The seven keys to understanding the two opposing skill sets of competition and production.
1.9.1 Production Comparisons 11/01/2017 The six keys to understanding how production naturally creates competition.
1.9.2 Span of Control 11/02/2017 The eight keys to understanding the boundaries of competition and productiion.
2.0.0 Developing Perspective 11/03/2017 Sun Tzu seven keys to adding depth to competitive analysis.
2.1 Information Value 11/04/2017 The six keys to understanding knowledge and communication as the basis of strategy.
2.1.1 Information Limits 11/05/2017 The eight keys to making good decisions with limited information.
2.1.2 Leveraging Uncertainty 11/06/2017 The five keys to leveraging the elemental nature of uncertainty.
2.1.3 Strategic Deception 11/07/2017 Sun Tzu nine keys to using misinformation and disinformation in competition.
2.1.4 Surprise 11/08/2017 The five keys to the creation of surprise depends on the nature of information.
2.2 Information Gathering 11/09/2017 Sun Tzu five keys to gathering competitive information.
2.2.1 Personal Relationships 11/10/2017 The five keys to seeing why information depends on personal relationships.
2.2.2 Mental Models 11/11/2017 The five keys to knowing how mental models simplify decision-making.
2.2.3 Standard Terminology 11/12/2017 Sun Tzu five keys to understanding how mental models must be shared to enable communication.
2.3 Personal Interactions 11/13/2017 The six keys to making progress through personal interactions.
2.3.1 Action and Reaction 11/14/2017 The eight keys to knowing how we advance based on how others reaction to our actions.
2.3.2 Reaction Unpredictability 11/15/2017 The seven keys to explaining why we can never exactly predict the reactions of others.
2.3.3 Likely Reactions 11/16/2017 Seven keys to understanding the range of potential reactions in gathering information.
2.3.4 Using Questions 11/17/2017 Sun Tzus five keys to using questions in gathering information and predicting reactions.
2.3.5 Infinite Loops 11/18/2017 Four principles predicting reactions on the basis of the "you-know-that-I-know-that-you-know" problem.
2.3.6 Promises and Threats 11/19/2017 The six keys to the use of promises and threats as strategic moves.
2.4 Contact Networks 11/20/2017 Five keys to understanding the range of contacts needed to create perspective.
2.4.1 Ground Perspective 11/21/2017 The three keys to getting information on a new competitive arena.
2.4.2 Climate Perspective 11/22/2017 The four keys to getting perspective on temporary external conditions.
2.4.3 Command Perspective 11/23/2017 The six keys to understanding developing sources for understanding decision-makers.
2.4.4 Methods Perspective 11/24/2017 The five keys to developing contacts who understand best practices.
2.4.5 Mission Perspective 11/25/2017 The seven keys to knowing how we develop and use a perspective on motivation.
2.5 The Big Picture 11/26/2017 The nine keys to building big picture strategic awareness.
2.6 Knowledge Leverage 11/27/2017 The five keys to getting competitive value out of knowledge.
2.7 Information Secrecy 11/28/2017 The nine keys to understanding the role of secrecy in relationships.
3.0.0 Identifying Opportunities 11/29/2017 The five keys to understanding the use of opportunities to advance a position.
3.1 Strategic Economics 11/30/2017 The six keys to balancing the cost and benefits of positioning.
3.1.1 Resource Limitations 12/01/2017 The six keys to understanding the inherent limitation of strategic resources.
3.1.2 Strategic Profitability 12/02/2017 The nine keys to understanding gains and losses.
3.1.3 Conflict Cost 12/03/2017 The six keys to the costly nature of resolving competitive comparisons by conflict.
3.1.4 Openings 12/04/2017 The seven keys to seeking openings avoids costly conflict.
3.1.5 Unpredictable Value 12/05/2017 Seven keys to understanding the limitations of predicting the value of positions.
3.1.6 Time Limitations 12/06/2017 Sun Tzu nine keys to understanding the time limits on opportunities.
3.2 Opportunity Creation 12/07/2017 Five keys to understanding how change creates opportunities.
3.2.1 Environmental Dominance 12/08/2017 The five keys to seeing why openings must be created by others.
3.2.2 Opportunity Invisibility 12/09/2017 Sun Tzu five keys to seeing why opportunities are always hidden.
3.2.3 Complementary Opposites 12/10/2017 Five keys to understanding the dynamics of balance from opposing forces.
3.2.4 Emptiness and Fullness 12/11/2017 The nine keys to the transformations between emptiness and fullness.
3.2.5 Dynamic Reversal 12/12/2017 The five keys to understanding how situations reverse themselves naturally.
3.2.6 Opening Matrix Tool 12/13/2017 Six keys to building a matrix to help us identify unseen openings using The five elements of positioning.
3.3 Opportunity Resources 12/14/2017 Eight keys to understanding the nature of the excess resources needed to fill openings.
3.4 Dis-Economies of Scale 12/15/2017 The six keys to seeing opportunities are created by the size of others.
3.4.1 Unity Breakdown 12/16/2017 The eight keys to understanding the opposition of size and unity.
3.4.2 Opportunity Fitness 12/17/2017 The seven keys to understanding the problems for large organization finding new opportunities that fit their size.
3.4.3 Reaction Lag 12/18/2017 Sun Tzu’s six keys to understanding why organizations react slower as they grow larger.
3.5 Strength and Weakness 12/19/2017 Six keys to seeing how opportunities are created by the strength of others.
3.6 Leveraging Subjectivity 05/02/2016 The seven keys to understanding openings between subjective and objective positions.
3.7 Redefining the Comparison 12/20/2017 Sun Tzu’s eight keys to redefining a competitive arena to create relative mismatches.
3.8 Strategic Matrix Analysis 12/21/2017 Four keys to understanding two-dimensional representations of strategic space.
4.0 Leveraging Probability 12/22/2017 The nine principles for making better decisions regarding our choice of opportunities.
4.1 Future Potential 12/23/2017 Five keys to understanding the limitations and potential of current and future positions.
4.2 Choosing Non-Action 12/24/2017 The seven keys to choosing between action and non-action.
4.3 Leveraging Form 12/25/2017 The seven keys to knowing how we can leverage the form of a territory.
4.3.1 Tilted Forms 12/26/2017 The six keys to understanding space that is dominated by uneven features.
4.3.2 Fluid Forms 12/27/2017 The six keys to selecting opportunities in fast-changing environments.
4.3.3 Soft Forms 12/28/2017 The six keys to understanding space that is dominated by non-supporting features.
4.3.4 Neutral Forms 12/29/2017 The seven keys to evaluating opportunities with no dominant ground form.
4.4 Strategic Distance 12/30/2017 The nine keys to understanding relative proximity in strategic space.
4.4.1 Physical Distance 12/31/2017 The six keys to understanding the issues of proximity in physical space.
4.4.2 Intellectual Distance 01/01/2018 The six keys to understanding the challenges of moving through intellectual space.
4.5 Opportunity Surfaces 01/02/2018 The six keys to judging potential opportunities from a distance.
4.5.1 Surface Area 01/03/2018 The seven keys to choosing opportunities on the basis of their size.
4.5.2 Surface Barriers 01/04/2018 Seven keys to understanding how to select opportunities by evaluating obstacles.
4.5.3 Surface Holding Power 01/05/2018 The seven keys to understanding sticky and slippery situations.
4.6 Six Benchmarks 01/06/2018 Five keys to understanding simplifying the comparisons of opportunities.
4.6.1 Spread-Out Conditions 01/07/2018 The five keys to recognizing opportunities that are too large.
4.6.2 Constricted Conditions 01/08/2018 The five keys to identifying and using constricted positions.
4.6.3 Barricaded Conditions 01/09/2018 The seven keys to understanding the issues related to the extremes of obstacles.
4.6.4 Wide-Open Conditions 01/10/2018 Six keys to understanding the issues related to an absence of barriers.
4.6.5 Fixed Conditions 01/11/2018 The nine keys to understanding positions with extreme holding power.
4.6.6 Sensitive Conditions 01/12/2018 Six keys to understanding the affects of positions with no holding power on pursuing opportunities.
4.7 Competitive Weakness 01/13/2018 The six keys to knowing how certain opportunities can bring out our weaknesses.
4.7.1 Command Weaknesses 01/14/2018 The ten keys to the character flaws of leaders and how to exploit them.
4.7.2 Group Weaknesses 01/15/2018 The six keys to understanding organizational weakness and where they fail.
4.8 Climate Support 01/16/2018 The eight keys to choosing new positions based on future changes.
4.9 Opportunity Mapping 01/17/2018 Five keys to understanding a two-dimensional tool for comparing opportunities probabilities.
5.0.0 Minimizing Mistakes 01/18/2018 The five general keys to minimizing mistakes in advancing a position.
5.1 Mission Priorities 01/19/2018 The five keys to aligning our actions with mission.
5.1.1 Event Pressure 01/20/2018 The eight keys to knowing how to avoid mistakes under the pressure of events.
5.1.2 Unproductive Responsibility 01/21/2018 The seven keys to knowing how our planned activities develop a life of their own.
5.2 Opportunity Exploration 01/22/2018 The seven keys to understanding a mental framework for exploring opportunities.
5.2.1 Choosing Adaptability 01/23/2018 The five keys to choosing actions that allow us a maximum of future flexibility.
5.2.2 Campaign Methods 01/24/2018 The five keys to understanding the use of campaigns and their methods.
5.2.3 Unplanned Steps 01/25/2018 The seven keys to distinguishing campaign adjustments from steps in a plan.
5.3 Reaction Time 01/26/2018 The five keys to the use of speed in choosing actions.
5.3.1 Speed and Quickness 01/27/2018 The seven keys to understanding the use of pace within a dynamic environment.
5.3.2 Opportunity Windows 01/28/2018 The five keys to the effect of speed upon opposition.
5.3.3 Information Freshness 01/29/2018 The six keys to the choosing actions based on freshness of information.
5.4 Minimizing Action 01/30/2018 The six keys to understanding minimizing waste, i.e. less is more.
5.4.1 Testing Value 01/31/2018 The five keys to choosing actions to test for value.
5.4.2 Successful Mistakes 02/01/2018 Six keys to understanding the advantages in learning from our mistakes.
5.5 Focused Power 02/02/2018 The five keys to size consideration in safe experimentation.
5.5.1 Force Size 02/03/2018 The eight keys to limiting the size of force in an advance.
5.5.2 Distance Limitations 02/04/2018 The eight keys to the use of short steps to reach distant goals.
5.5.3 Evaluation Deadlines 02/05/2018 The six keys to setting deadlines for evaluating progress.
5.6 Defensive Advances 02/06/2018 The six keys to balancing defending and advancing positions.
5.6.1 Defense Priority 02/07/2018 Seven keys to understanding why defense has first claim on our resources.
5.6.2 Acting Now 02/08/2018 The eight keys to acting on opportunities immediately.
6.0 Situation Response 06/23/2016 The eight keys to selecting the actions most appropriate to a situation.
6.1 Situation Recognition 06/24/2016 The seven keys to situation recognition in making advances.
6.1.1 Conditioned Reflexes 06/25/2016 The four keys to knowing how we develop automatic, instantaneous responses.
6.1.2 Prioritizing Conditions 06/26/2016 The six keys to parsing complex competitive conditions into simple responses.
6.2 Campaign Evaluation 06/27/2016 The five keys to knowing how we justify continued investment in an on-going campaign.
6.2.1 Campaign Flow 06/28/2016 The six keys to seeing campaigns as a series of situations that flow logically from one to another
6.2.2 Campaign Goals 06/29/2016 The five keys to assessing the value of a campaign by a larger mission.
6.3 Campaign Patterns 06/30/2016 The seven keys to knowing how knowing campaign stages gives us insight into our situation.
6.3.1 Early-Stage Situations 07/01/2016 The six keys to understanding the common situations that arise the earliest in campaigns.
6.3.2 Middle-Stage Situations 07/02/2016 The six keys to knowing how progress creates transitional situations in campaigns.
6.3.3 Late-Stage Situations 07/03/2016 The six keys to understanding the final and most dangerous stages of campaigns.
6.4 Nine Situations 07/04/2016 The ten keys to understanding the nine common competitive situations.
6.4.1 Dissipating Situations 07/05/2016 The five keys to recognizing situations where defensive unity is destroyed.
6.4.2 Easy Situations 07/06/2016 The five keys to recognizing situations of easy initial progress.
6.4.3 Contentious Situations 07/07/2016 The four keys to identifying situations that invite conflict.
6.4.4 Open Situations 07/08/2016 The five keys to recognizing situations of that are races without a course.
6.4.5 Intersecting Situations 07/09/2016 The five keys to recognizing situations that bring people together.
6.4.6 Serious Situations 07/10/2016 The six keys to identifying situations where resources can be cut off.
6.4.7 Difficult Situations 07/11/2016 The six keys to difficult situations where serious barriers must be overcome.
6.4.8 Limited Situations 07/12/2016 The six keys to identifying situations defined by a bottleneck.
6.4.9 Desperate Situations 07/13/2016 The three keys to identifying situations where destruction is possible.
6.5 Nine Responses 07/14/2016 The twelve keys to using the best responses to the nine common competitive situations.
6.5.1 Dissipating Response 07/15/2016 The five keys to responding to dissipation by the use of offense as defense.
6.5.2 Easy Response 07/16/2016 The five keys to understanding overcoming complacency.
6.5.3 Contentious Response 07/17/2016 The five keys to responding to contentious situations by knowing how to avoid conflict.
6.5.4 Open Response 07/18/2016 The five key on keeping up with the opposition.
6.5.5 Intersecting Response 07/19/2016 The five keys to the formation of situational alliances.
6.5.6 Serious Response 07/20/2016 The six keys to responding to serious situations by finding immediate income.
6.5.7 Difficult Response 07/21/2016 Five keys to understanding the role of persistence.
6.5.8 Limited Response 07/22/2016 The four keys to the need for secret speed in tight situations.
6.5.9 Desperate Response 07/23/2016 The five keys to knowing when to use all our resources.
6.6 Campaign Pause 07/24/2016 The five keys to knowing when to stop advancing a position.
6.7 Tailoring to Conditions 07/25/2016 Seven keys to understanding overcoming opposition using conditions in the environment.
6.7.1 Form Adjustments 07/26/2016 The five keys to adapting our responses based on the form of the ground.
6.7.2 Size Adjustments 07/27/2016 The seven keys to understanding adapting responses based on the relative size of opposing forces.
6.7.3 Strength Adjustments 07/28/2016 The nine keys to knowing how to adapt responses based on relative strength of opposing missions.
6.8 Competitive Psychology 07/29/2016 The nine keys to improving competitive psychology even in adversity and failure.
6.8.1 Adversity and Creativity 07/30/2016 The nine keys to how we use adversity to spark our creativity.
6.8.2 Strength in Adversity 07/31/2016 The seven keys to using adversity to increase a group's unity and focus.
6.8.3 Individual Toughness 08/01/2016 The eight keys to knowing how failure develops character.
7.0 Creating Momentum 08/02/2016 The seven keys to knowing how momentum requires creativity.
7.1 Order from Chaos 08/03/2016 The seven keys to seeing the value of chaos in creating competitive momentum.
7.1.1 Creating Surprise 08/04/2016 The five keys to creating surprise using our chaotic environment.
7.1.2 Momentum Psychology 08/05/2016 The five keys to the psychology of surprise.
7.1.3 Standards and Innovation 08/06/2016 The seven keys to the methodology of creativity.
7.2 Standards First 08/07/2016 The seven keys to the role of standards in creating connections with others.
7.2.1 Proven Methods 08/08/2016 The eight keys to identifying and recognizing the limits of best practices.
7.2.2 Preparing Expectations 08/09/2016 The eight keys to knowing how we shape other people's expectation.
7.3 Strategic Innovation 08/10/2016 The six keys to understanding a simple system for innovation.
7.3.1 Expected Elements 08/11/2016 The seven keys to dividing processes and systems into components.
7.3.2 Elemental Rearrangement 08/12/2016 The six keys to seeing invention as rearranging proven elements.
7.3.3 Creative Innovation 08/13/2016 The seven keys to the more advanced methods for innovation
7.4 Competitive Timing 08/14/2016 The six keys to the role of timing in creating momentum.
7.4.1 Timing Methods 08/15/2016 The four keys to the three simplest methods of controlling timing.
7.4.2 Momentum Timing 08/16/2016 The five keys to the relative value of momentum at various times in a campaign.
7.4.3 Interrupting Patterns 08/17/2016 Six keys to understanding how repetition creates patterns for surprise.
7.5 Momentum Limitations 08/18/2016 The six keys to the implications of momentum's temporary nature.
7.5.1 Momentum Conversion 08/19/2016 The six keys to converting momentum into positions with more value.
7.5.2 The Spread of Innovation 08/20/2016 The four keys to using the spread of innovation to advance our position.
7.6 Productive Competition 08/21/2016 The eight keys to using momentum to produce more resources.
7.6.1 Resource Discovery 08/22/2016 The six keys to using innovation to create value from seemingly worthless resources.
7.6.2 Ground Creation 08/23/2016 The six keys to understanding how we use the creation of new competitive ground to be successful.
8.0 Winning Rewards 08/24/2016 The six keys to knowing how we harvest the rewards of a new position.
8.1 Successful Positions 08/25/2016 The four keys to understanding the nature of a profitable position.
8.1.1 Transforming Resources 08/26/2016 The six keys to converting the intangible value of positions to the resources we need.
8.1.2 Reward Boundaries 08/27/2016 The six keys to understanding the limits of our control over a position and its rewards.
8.1.3 Reward Timing 08/28/2016 The six keys to identifying rewarding positions based upon timing.
8.2 Making Claims 08/29/2016 The five keys to claiming rewards after winning positions.
8.3 Securing Rewards 08/30/2016 The five keys to maximizing the rewards from a position.
8.3.1 Gauging Value 08/31/2016 The five keys to the methods for correctly measuring a position's value.
8.3.2 Distinctive Packaging 09/01/2016 The nine keys to creating the perception of value.
8.3.3 Rules of Engagement 09/02/2016 The nine keys outlining the do's and don't of making claims.
8.3.4 Position Production 09/03/2016 The seven keys to understanding the shift from profitable competition to profitable production.
8.4 Individual Support 09/04/2016 The eight keys to understanding the general techniques for winning the support of individuals.
8.5 Leveraging Emotions 09/05/2016 The eight keys to understanding how we use emotion to obtain rewards.
8.6 Winning Attention 09/06/2016 The eight keys to understanding how to win the attention of others for our claims.
8.7 Productivity Improvement 09/07/2016 The seven keys to improving internal production to support external competition.
8.7.1 Evaluating Erosion 09/08/2016 The eight keys to gauging the erosion of our current positions.
8.7.2 Abandoning Positions 09/09/2016 The six keys to understanding how we abandon a losing position safely.
9.0 Understanding Vulnerability 08/31/2017 Sun Tu's six keys to understanding the use of common environmental attacks.
9.1 Fire Storm Vulnerability 09/01/2017 The seven keys to understanding our vulnerability to environmental crises.
9.1.1 Climate Rivals 09/12/2016 The six keys to preparing against how changing conditions create opponents.
9.1.2 Threat Development 09/07/2017 The seven keys to knowing how changing conditions create environmental threats.
9.2 Points of Vulnerability 09/03/2017 The five keys to seeing our points of vulnerability during an environmental crisis.
9.2.1 Personnel Risk 09/04/2017 The five keys to the vulnerability of key individuals.
9.2.2 Immediate Resource Risk 09/16/2016 The five keys to the resources required for immediate use.
9.2.3 Logistics Risk 09/05/2017 The four keys to knowing how firestorms choke normal channels of movement and communication.
9.2.4 Asset Risk 09/06/2017 The four keys to understanding the threats to our fixed assets.
9.2.5 Organizational Risk 09/07/2017 The five keys to the targeting the roles and responsibilities within an organization.
9.3 Crisis Leadership 09/08/2017 The nine keys to maintaining the support of our supporters during attacks.
9.3.1 Mutual Danger 09/09/2017 The six keys to understanding how we use mutual danger to create mutual strength.
9.3.2 Message Control 09/10/2017 The five keys to communication methods to use during a crisis.
9.4 Crisis Defense 09/11/2017 The five keys to knowing how vulnerabilities are exploited and defended during a crisis.
9.4.1 Division Defense 09/12/2017 The five keys to preventing organizational division during a crisis.
9.4.2 Panic Defense 09/14/2017 The four keys to preventing mistakes from panic during a crisis.
9.4.3 Defending Openings 09/15/2017 The four keys to knowing how to defend openings created by a crisis.
9.4.4 Defending Alliances 09/16/2017 The five keys to dealing with guilt-by-association.
9.4.5 Defensive Balance 09/17/2017 The four keys to using short-term conditions to tip the balance in a crisis.
9.5 Crisis Exploitation 09/18/2017 The five keys to how to successfully use an opponent's crisis.
9.5.1 Adversarial Opportunities 09/19/2017 The eight keys to knowing how our opponents' crises can create opportunities.
9.5.2 Avoiding Emotion 09/20/2017 The six keys to the danger of exploiting environmental vulnerabilities for purely emotion reasons.
9.6 Constant Vigilance 09/21/2017 The five keys to understanding where to focus our attention to preserve our positions.