Five rules describing how the opposing skills of competition and production work together but differently.
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This article examines how Sun Tzu sees competition and production are complementary but opposite skill sets. The problem that we can easily confuse the skills and values of production with the skills and values of competition. There is a tremendous danger in not clearly separating these two very different and yet complementary skill sets. Competition within an organization creates divisive internal politics. Planning assumes control and predictability that cannot existing in competitive arenas. The problem in recent decades is that our knowledge of production and our training in linear thinking have greatly overshadowed any training that we get in competition. The success of modern production methods have lead to the atrophy of competitive skills. The logic of competition has been banished from our childhood classrooms and only discovered during the competitive games at recess.