Tag Archive | military strategy

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 2: PART 2

PREPARATIONS FOR WAR – BOOK 2 PART 2 When mobility of troops is difficult and the enemy is more familiar with the territory, the edge in the battle will go to the enemy. Attacks must be delivered with blinding speed and proper plans must be well thought out. If they are not, the enemy will […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 2: PART 1

BOOK 2 – PREPARATIONS FOR WAR PART 1 Supplies are essential for the proper management of a conflict and its resolution. Without supplies there is nothing to sustain the army except bare hands and berries. Oversupply presents problems of a different nature. Though it may appear better to be oversupplied, consider the hindrance in mobility […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 5

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR PART 5 Destroy your enemy in any way you can, but never forget that he may have resources as well and may be prepared for your attack. Consider him a fool for self-aggrandizement if it is appropriate, but do not become vain in your estimation of him […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 4

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR PART 4 If warriors under your command follow your instructions you will have great success. Reward them well and reward them equally, but not too often. If you feel otherwise, for whatever reason, or they give you cause to suspect that their true natures are not sympathetic […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 3

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR PART 3 The successful warlord does not put someone in charge of the warehouse if that person only cares about negotiating. Everyone should be content with their given tasks and in that manner they will perform admirably. You must praise and admonish your men with the same […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 2

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR PART 2 The wrong weapons placed in the hands of untrained soldiers will result in defeat because of a lack of consideration given the matter by the leader. Generally, men know their own weapons and are comfortable with them. Choose your men with great care and consideration. […]

THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 1

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR PART 1 Conflict is essential to the development and growth of man and society. It leads either to the construction or destruction of an entire group or state. As a leader of men, you should understand this concept without question. If you do not understand the need […]

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

To celebrate 25 years of successful sales of my interpretation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Tuttle Publishing will be releasing a hard cover version of the book on November 30, 2021. Preorders are now being taken at Amazon.com The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the best known book on military strategy ever […]

The Consequences of Erroneous Commitment

Erroneous commitment develops as a situation in which all the information leading up to the actualization of a decision is either incomplete or is biased due to the needs of special interest groups or disparate forces competing for recognition. It usually incorporates the ignoring of real requirements of the masses involved with the outcome of […]

The Art of War: Using the Power of Heaven

Excerpt from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War It is important for the warlord to manage all of his resources by maintaining personal control over them. He may delegate authority in certain respects but is still primarily responsible for his own welfare. It does not matter if there are many affairs to control or if there […]

The Shogun’s Philosophy

Most people fail in life because they are not aware of the internal power they have or the manner in which they can increase their usage of it. The inner self is impersonal; it is not a “thing.” The true meaning of personal development is in the true acceptance of your own personal being. It […]

Controlling and Managing by Your Own Ability

Excerpt from The Shogun’s Scroll Shunko Zabayashi knew the importance of using his own resources when he effected a coup against his cousin in Tarama Province. He carefully thought about his actions before moving into position to take control of the clan. Although his cousin was a man of wealth, he was a squanderer, always insulting others who […]