Five War Books For Entrepreneurs
I am hesitant to praise anything related to war as a libertarian-leaning, anti-war (not the crazy kind of “anti-war”) Christian, not because I don’t recognize the need for defense when one is attacked, but because corrupt governments have promoted admiration for war throughout history.
Recently, I’ve become interested in the lessons for entrepreneurs that can be learned from military history. Here are some of my favorite books about war and military thought, as well as the lessons I’ve learned from them.
How does the art of war relate to business?
u201cAwareness of all levels of strategic behavior is key. Strategy happens at every elevation,u201d says Hagy. u201cThe Art of War works so well in part because it treats each conflict as important to overall success.u201d
Is the art of war a good business book?
The Art of War was written by a Chinese general named Sun Tzu more than 2,500 years ago, possibly in the 6th Century BC, and has since been co-opted by legions of armchair soldiers and generals in the business world. It’s a smart book.
Is the art of war being used in business?
Sun Zi’s Art of War contains many strategies that can be applied to business, making it one of the best books for business leaders to read. Despite its more than 2500-year history, The Art of War can still be considered a wise and smart book.
What does the book Art of War teach you?
u201cIt is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill.u201d u201cThe art of war teaches us to rely on our readiness to receive the enemy, not on the likelihood of the enemy not coming.u201d
Why do businesses Read Art of War?
The Art of War fits perfectly into our current cultural obsession with leadership, extolling the enlightened individual and downplaying external circumstances, and it supports a u201cGreat Manu201d theory of success.
What can we learn from The Art of War?
You need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles if you know the enemy and yourself; if you know yourself but not the enemy, you will suffer a defeat for every victory; and if you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. Based on text from “The Art of War.”
Do not press a desperate foe too hard meaning?
When a foe is cornered, they must fight for their lives, and they will do so with the ferocity of final fear; if you force them to go down in a blaze of glory, they will, taking more of your troops than you might otherwise expend.
What does The Art of War say about strategy?
Success, according to The Art of War, requires u201cwinning decisive engagements quickly,u201d which includes moving quickly and firmly. Always plan to complete a part of your project that delivers value within a fixed amount of time, similar to setting up many project milestones with deadlines.
Why you should read Art of War?
Sun Tzu’s teachings can be applied to one’s personal battles by helping us appreciate that self-improvement isn’t just a matter of sheer willpower. Much of the content in “The Art of War” is dedicated to advising how to pick the right time and place for your conflict to occur (if it really needs to occur at all).
What is Sun Tzu principle?
Sun Tzu believes that the highest form of warfare is attacking the enemy’s plans, followed by disrupting alliances, attacking their army, and finally attacking cities as a last resort [III:3].
How do you win a war without fighting?
Sun Tzu fl. It is not the acme of skill to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles; it is the acme of skill to subdue the enemy without fighting. Invincibility is found in the defense; victory is found in the attack.
What is Sun Tzu strategy?
Sun Tzu once said, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest path to victory; tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Sun Tzu is considered one of the greatest military strategists of all time.
What is the first rule of war?
“Don’t march on Moscow!” Napoleon’s first rule of war turned out to be laconic, terse, and, according to modern history, irrefutable: “Don’t march on Moscow!” Napoleon came to grief in this regard in 1812, when, as his own Marshal Ney put it, “General Famine and General Winter, rather than the Russians, became the focus of attention.”
What are the 9 principles of war?
There are nine principles of war: objective, offensive, mass, economy of force, maneuver, unity of command, security, surprise, and simplicity. Below is a brief description and comparison of each principle of war to business; the similarities and overlap are unsurprising.
How do I deceive my enemy?
Classic misdirection: Deceive the enemy with an obvious approach that will take a long time, then surprise him by taking a shortcut and sneaking up on him; another interpretation is to divert the enemy’s attention with an “obvious” attempt at deception in order to hide yet another ploy.