Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #7 Effective Orders

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

Responses to my original Sun Tzu post have encouraged me to write more about important Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War. At number seven, I have: If orders which are consistently effective are used in instructing the troops, they will be obedient. So many times, company executives issue orders that aren’t implemented. Consequently,…

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Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #6 Seeking Victory

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

At number six in my list of top seven Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have: Therefore, a skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates. One aspect of Sun Tzu that I find frequently ignored is his integrated perspective of events. Many factors influence…

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Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #5 Speed in Decision Making

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

At number five in my list of top seven Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have: Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy’s unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. Many acknowledge the need for speed in business. Yes, we often…

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Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #4 Change

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

At number four in my list of top seven Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have: Of the five elements [earth, wood, fire, metal and water], none is always predominant; of the four seasons, none lasts forever; of the days, some are long and some short, and the moon waxes and wanes….

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Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #3 Positioning

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

At number three in my list of top seven Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have:  Thus a victorious army wins its victories before seeking battle; an army destined to defeat flights in the hope of winning. We often see planning, training and research as the major activities implied by this quote;…

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Top Seven Sun Tzu Quotes: #2 Integration, Holism

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

At number two in my top-seven list of Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War, I have: And therefore I say: ‘Know the enemy, know yourself; victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total.’ Versions of this quote often include only the first sentence. They…

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Best Sun Tzu Quote: Pinnacle of Skill

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Sun Tzu Top 7

Before his writings became a business management guide, I had read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War back in the early eighties. Yes, it can be almost psychopathic to view any business competitors as the “enemy.” Yet, if we view the enemy as inertia, ignorance, uncertainty and fear, I have found Sun Tzu’s writings reflecting…

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