Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Cult of the Art of War

The Fantasy of the Sunzi Cult   The Fantasy of the Sunzi Cult  
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy ís country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.
--- Lionel Giles

Sunzi cult have always preferred to talk about the philosophical 

In most  conflicts, there are body counts.  People like to  

I have met those 
The more in

Today is your day.  .. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Near Summation of Zhang Liang's History

One of our favorite strategists is Zhang Liang

Click here on his  role on the battle of  Gaixia,

Click here on his wikipedia profile

One can see him in the Last Supper and The White Vengeance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

/// Applying the Bill Walsh's 25 Opening Plays (Starter) Script to Competitive Business Situations ///

One of the most shared traditions in the sport of football is scripting the first 15 to 25 plays against the opposing defense.  

As mentioned previously, it is designed to perform the following objectives:

  • Reveal the general intent of the competitor;


In business, one

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Global TRIZ Day

On October 15, some idea generators (engineers, strategists, etc.) celebrate the birthday of Genriсh Altshuller (inventor of TRIZ) and Global TRIZ Day.
His methodology could be beneficial to the problem solvers who deal with problems relating to technology, scientific, social, environmental, political, etc. 

The Triz methodology only works effectively when or if the implementers can properly assess the Dao of their object.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Culture is Strategy (Thoughts From The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China)

(updated on 10.03.17)

 To establish a positive strategic culture, it begins with quality leadership.

Following is a listing of those components that establishes this category of leadership:
  • the strategic direction (from the senior executives);
  • the power and authority;
  • the quality of Command and Control;
  • the quality of Unity;
  • the Dao of Field Managers;
  • the quality of strategic organization, administration and discipline;
  • the proper evaluation of  people;
  • the proper employment of people;
  • the motivation of the field expeditors;
  • the psychology of competition;
  • rewards and punishments; and 
  • instruction and training.
 More to come.  ... 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Some Notes From Sawyer's Lever of Power

Following is the text from the back cover

Despite being disparaged as the refuge of the weak and pernicious, the chosen mode of Asiatic and other duplicitous peoples, ever since antiquity deceptive measures have enabled dramatic battlefield success by acting as a “lever or power.” Historical records unequivocally show both China and the West have virtually unbroken traditions of innovating deceit and employing deception. Western tacticians theorized less, but they well recognized the advantages of deceit, maneuver, betrayal, and false treaties.
            Lever of Power comprehensively examines deception’s historical evolution in China and the West; provides extensive translations of important Chinese, Greek, and Latin military writings on the concept; and characterizes the chief measures in terms of method, dynamics, and objective. Numerous important, commonly recognized historical exemplifications – many still assiduously studied in PRC think tanks -- are provided for each category, resulting in a fundamental study of deception that synthesizes theory and illustrative case studies.

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"Ralph Sawyer, a leading student of intelligence and strategy, is the world’s authority on Chinese theory and practice about these matters. The research is phenomenal and the book summarizes his ideas with power and elegance. No one interested in deception and strategy can afford to miss it.”
Dr. John Ferris, Authorized Historian, GCHQ
Professor of History, University of Calgary

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Ralph D. Sawyer is a historical scholar and strategic consultant who has specialized in Chinese military and intelligence issues for five decades. His well reviewed analytical writings include the companion volume, The Tao of Deception: Unorthodox Warfare in Historic and Modern China, The Tao of Spycraft, Ancient Chinese Warfare, Conquest and Domination, and Fire and Water. His highly praised translations, all of which feature extensive historical introductions, range from the groundbreaking Seven Military Classics of Ancient China through Sun-tzu’s Art of War, Sun Pin’s Military Methods, the Hundred Unorthodox Strategies, Strategies for the Human Realm, The Tao of War, and Zhuge Liang: Strategy, Achievements, and Writings. A long term Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and a visiting scholar at numerous institutions, he continues to be a Senior Research Fellow with the Warring States Project.


Click here if you are interested in purchasing this book.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Some News on Dr. Ralph Sawyer's "Latest" Book: Lever of Power

An associate sent me the covers of Dr. Sawyer's latest book. 

Those who are interested in implementing a higher grade of deception strategies should be interested in this book.