"Surprise and direct action give birth to each other.
They are like a circle without end.
You cannot exhaust all their possible combinations!"
Sun Tzu's The Art of War 5:2:24-26
Today's Strategic Insight: Sun Tzu's seven rules on the more advanced methods for innovation
We see the nature of the world as limited. We look at our limited knowledge of our current situation and envision running out of resources. While our regular method of innovation by rearranging elements is quick and easy, we will eventually come up against its limits (7.3.2 Elemental Rearrangement). Since there are limited number of elements in systems, there are also limits on how they can be rearranged. While all arrangements may surprise, only a few rearrangements will be actual improvements. For 2,500 years, the philosophy of limits has been championed by those in power to justify taking more power in an attempt to stop change. In China, the aristocracy suppressed Sun Tzu's philosophy for just this reason.
Sun Tzu's strategy is diametrically opposed to this point of view of limited resources because those limits are based on our limited knowledge (2.1.1 Information Limits)....
Are you at a disadvantage? Are you running faster and faster to stay in the same place? You can get ahead, or you can fall behind. The amount of effort is the same. The difference is the path you choose.
It is easy to get lost in Sun Tzu's methods. It is a surprisingly large course of study. We offer a simple road map for to get you started. The goal is to give you a big picture overview. It as easy as 1-2-3. Almost. If you add 4,5,6, and 7. Read more about first steps.
Throughout history, people have rediscovered these success principles through trial and error. They are described in similar ways in different competitive arenas from sports to politics. Sun Tzu's approach is universal. Read more about how it works.
Competition is a comparison of positions where a choice must be made. Conflict is the result of poor choices. Sun Tzu teaches us how to build up the strength of our position, but conflict always weakens our position. Sun Tzu's strategy is to identify the key points of comparison in a competitive situation. This understanding allows us to make the right decisions. Read more about competition as comparison.
Back when we could plan on staying with the same organizations for a lifetime, we didn't have to decide about our competitive position every day. That world is gone forever. Read more about why today's world requires Sun Tzu's thinking.
Warriors see every task as a personal challenge. Workers put themselves at the mercy of others. Warriors get what they deserve. Workers get what they are given. Read more about today's working warriors.
Successful people are not gifted from birth. They are ordinary people who developed a very specific set of skills. Success requires a least a little skill in nine different areas. Read more about these nine skills.
Sun Tzu's Art of War Rule Book is the culmination of over a decade of work. It breaks down Sun Tzu's verses into a series of step-by-step warrior's rules. It was developed over the years by the Institute's multiple award-winning author and founder, Gary Gagliardi. Read more about the Rule Book.
Sun Tzu's book is one of the most valuable works in human history. It is also one of the most difficult to understand. Much of Sun Tzu's writing is based on concepts in traditional Chinese science and philosophy with which modern readers are unfamiliar. Read more about the keys to Sun Tzu.
No book written in the conceptual ancient Chinese can be completely translated into English prose. The original Chinese has more in common with mathematical formulas than sentences. Read more about translation problems here.
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