This book is a reiteration of Sun Tzu’s philosophy from the ancient book The Art of War which is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy. It influenced eastern military thinking and emphasized the most efficient way of gaining victory with the least amount of conflict. The original text is purposely made obscure and difficult to understand, so that Sun Tzu remained employed, as the king would need him for interpretation. Although it has a mixture of profound philosophy and detailed tactical prescriptions that are great for battles about 2500 years ago, the book is also useful today. The teaching of Sun Tzu is powerful: it will not only instruct us, but also reveal where we stand and how to approach a problem, how to deal with adversity, and how to handle the whims of fate. The author, Chin-Ning Chu, perfectly applied Sun Tzu’s theory to integrate our styles and personal philosophy into every action we take. She provided examples, references, and anecdotes that were not available in the original book The Art of War. This book is written particularly for women because women have the ability to negotiate and they are able to be modest and understand that silence is golden. This book will guide us to use the full spectrum of the strategies that are contained in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War with a holistic approach to winning. This book contains 13 chapters and our team covered chapter 1 through 6. Book Summary
The strategies in The Art of War are based on Taoism. Taoism's main goal is "To be in harmony with the Universe, with Tao.” Sun Tzu applied war strategies using Taoist principles, and came up with The Art of War based on being 'In Harmony' with The Tao. The success of any strategy depends on how it is supported by the Tao (Fox, 2009).
The first chapter begins with 計 (JI) which means laying plans, plotting, predicting, comparing, and analyzing. All these elements are part of prewar strategy, which contains the core message that includes all the principles in the remaining chapters. There are five elements that govern success and must be understood in the planning stages of any action. They are: (1) Tao (道) – Moral influence, righteousness: how to make winning decisions. (2) Tien (天) – Heaven or timing: from universal to personal timing. (3) Ti (地) – Earth or terrain or resources: turn your liabilities into assets. (4) Jian (將) - Leadership: a state of mind, qualities and abilities of the general. (5) Fa (法) - Method and discipline: organization, control, execution and logistics. The author discussed deception as the last essential point in the first chapter of The Art of War, which means that you appear weak when you are in actuality strong. This is borrowed from Tsun Tzu's philosophy "All warfare is based on deception (兵不厭詐)"; when you know what you are dealing with, you will know how much of yourself to reveal. Sun Tzu's philosophy focuses on deception and deception can be both defensive and offensive. Chapter 2
Doing battle is the idea behind chapter two. In a business world, you cannot bring in your security blankets to get to where you are. You cannot get used to the way you do things, you need to adapt to the working environment you are in. Although you are given the tools that you need to get the job done, what matter is what you do with the tools to get the job done. It is like the old adage, you can bring a horse to the water but you cannot make the horse drinks the water.
If you want to be noticed you need to be inspired what you are working for. The author says that you should have a picture of family, friends, co-workers, basically whatever makes you get up to go to work.
The next step in the book was that you should reward results. Sun Tzu understood this very well. We should reward results to stimulate the morale (Chu 38). The employees need to know that all their efforts and hard work did not go to waste and...