Military Conflict and Commercial Competition are NOT Equivalent Disciplines


 
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Military Conflict and Commercial Competition are NOT Equivalent Disciplines
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Member
There is an episode that is always ignored by business commentators:
A prince summoned Sun Tzu to instruct him on the art of war. Sun Tzu agreed on condition that the prince do exactly what he ordered. The prince agreed.
"Order your concubines into 3 groups". The prince complied.
"Order one from each group to lead their group". The prince complied.
"Order the leaders to order their groups to turn to the left". The prince complied, but the concubines, who were favorites of the prince, wiggled delightfully and caused their groups to giggle and laugh with mirth.
"Kill them and replace them with leaders who will obey instantly to your command". "But they are my favorites..." complained the prince.
"Kill them or I shall leave you to instruct yourself on the art of war".
In warfare, it is kind to be cruel and cruel to be kind. Business and warfare are alike only in the need of business leaders to see themselves as great warriors....Sign up
 

 
Haven't we All Known Businessmen Who Have Fired Employees Who do not Follow Instructions?
lee tilson, Member
Haven't we all known businessmen who have fired employees who do not follow instructions?
Isn't firing in the business context similar to killing...Sign up
 

 
Thank You for Adding Perspective
Shawn R. Frost, Strategy Consultant, United States, SIG Leader
Tom, It's unfortunate that you've latched on to a story that doesn't even appear in the Art of War to inform your decision about the validity of a tex...Sign up
 

 
Yes, the Episode Does Happen..
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Member
@Shawn R. Frost: ... as you point out, Sun Tzu makes the point that the instructions may have not been clearly made b...Sign up
 

 
Beyond the Video
Shawn R. Frost, Strategy Consultant, United States, SIG Leader
I've enjoyed that movie as well, but there is MUCH more to Sun Tzu's Bing Fa. The opening scene with the concubines doesn't come from the Bin Fa, it c...Sign up
 

 
Beyond Sun Tzu and the Ego of the Ruler
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Member
@Shawn R. Frost: I am an Army brat. I read Sun Tzu in 1963 when my dad was a KMAG advisor to the ROC Army. I was re...Sign up
 

 
Excellent Points About the Leader's Faults
Shawn R. Frost, Strategy Consultant, United States, SIG Leader
As someone who makes his living teaching this to leaders and would-be leaders, I couldn't agree with you more. The first conversation we have centers ...Sign up
 

 
FIrst Earth Battlion
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Member
@Shawn R. Frost: I am sure you have encountered this group from the Army's reforms of the 70's. They explored Sun Tz...Sign up
 

 
 


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