The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an ancient Chinese strategem. It is a set of treatises of warfare. These five questions from The Art of War by Sun Tzu can be applied towards success in any endeavor.
Which of the groups is imbued with moral law? The side with the most advanced set of moral code is going to have an advantage. The uniformity breeds familiarity within the organization. It builds trust. Basic moral codes prevent the culture from turning in on its self. An organization with weak moral law divides against itself. Moral violations such as stealing and violence toward a neighbor causes disputes between members.
Which general has the most ability? Leadership is essential with any endeavor. A strong leader brings the organization into tight cohesion. He or She makes decisions that are best for the team. They accept input from everybody and are excellent at delegating responsibility. They cultivate bonds with other leaders, network, and use their connections effectively. A strong leader must access his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. They must act at the opportune time.
With whom lies the advantages of both heaven and earth? A person may be more attractive, smarter, or have more money. The successful person will assess the strengths of the people around them. In certain places offending the wrong person may have unfortunate consequences. Know where associates come from. Understand what resources they have and what their inborn talents are.
On which side is discipline most vigorously enforced? Any well functioning army has strict discipline. A well functioning person will require strict discipline as well. Scrutinize the opponents disciplinary structure. If the code of the organization is not well enforced it will be weak on the inside. This is apparent when it is time for confrontation or increased effort.
On which side are officers and men most highly trained? Advanced tactics, understanding of the terrain and battle itself are all important aspects of an army. In a business an understanding of the market and the strategies used to sell are important to overall success. Organization members should be encourage to train and learn more about their assigned task. The better trained the better the results.
Sun Tzu is a military genius. His rules are still used today in many fields including business, entertainment, as well as the battlefield. Applying these tactics to an organization or a personal life increases productivity and efficiency.