Here you’ll find interesting articles we’ve collected about Sun Tzu and the Art of War being mentioned in the news and referenced in articles.
Sun Tzu Beats Out Clausewitz & Mahan
In a vote on who was the greatest military theorist ever over at the Naval War College FB page, Sun Tzu beat Clausewitz & Mahan!
Intercultural Advice from Sun Tzu from the Culture Wizards
In Sun Tzu’s book, Art of War he says:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
In today’s global business environment, these words are interpreted as such: “If you know your adversary, you’ll win half of the time. If you know yourself, you’ll win half of the time. If you know yourself and your adversary, you’ll win most of the time. If you know neither your adversary nor yourself, you’ll lose every time.”
Conducting business in Asia can be an exciting and rewarding venture, while it can also be both very fulfilling and a source of deep frustration to the uninitiated. For this discussion, I’ll use Asian and Western countries as general points of comparison. And, I’ve identified three very basic business interactions:
Read more on this article by the Culture Wizards here.
Mora philosophy: Just beat ASU
Jim Mora might have caught up on his reading list during the bye week.
After UCLA’s Wednesday morning practice, the first-year coach acknowledged Saturday’s game at Arizona State could mean a lot for the Pac-12 South race. And he did so while nodding not only to another hemisphere, but another millennium. “Not to get all philosophical, but Sun Tzu said, ‘Opportunities multiply as they are seized,’” he said. “(The Sun Devils have) taken advantage and put themselves in a position where they can do some good things if they can finish strong. And we can do some good things if we finish strong.”
Read more on this article by Jack Wang in the Orange County Register here.
NHL shifts negotiating gears mid-race, tries to seize the high ground in PR war.
It’s good to occupy the high ground. For one thing, the weather’s usually better. There are also strategic advantages, as Chinese military tactician Sun Tzu observed 2,500 years ago, so it can’t be a surprise the NHL would try to clamber up and unseat the NHL Players’ Association in the public opinion version of king of the castle.
Read more in this article by Sean Gordon in the globeandmail.com
Defense Budget Cuts Will Hurt American Strategic Planning
It’s a refrain familiar to every Washington policy wonk and political science graduate student: Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu’s famous admonition about the need to “know your enemy.” Less remembered is the second half of Sun Tzu’s prescription for success on the battlefield—to “know yourself.” Today, as a result of looming defense cuts and potentially catastrophic drawdowns in the federal budget, the United States is drifting in the direction of not being able to do either.
Read more in this article by Ilan Berman in USNews.com
Apple Maps, China and Sun Tzu
When facing a powerful opponent on a field of combat Sun Tzu advises, in the Art of War, to attack the weakest points. This is what Apple has done to Google by choosing China as the best venue in its challenge to Google Maps.
Read more in this interesting article by Shel Israel in Forbes.com.