Sun Tzu & The Art of Business (Triangle AMA June 09)

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Mark McNeilly's Sun Tzu & the Art of Business
Triangle AMA June 2009 Meeting

Mark’s presentation will focus on six strategic principles for managers he has developed from Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

• Win All Without Fighting: Capturing Your Market Without Destroying It
• Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness: Striking Where the Competition is Vulnerable
• Foreknowledge: Maximizing the Power of Business Intelligence
• Speed and Preparation: Moving Swiftly to Overcome the Competition
• Shaping the Opponent: Employing Strategy to Master the Competition
• Character-based Leadership: Leading by Example

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Sun Tzu & The Art of Business (Triangle AMA June 09)

  1. 1. Sun Tzu & the Art of Business Six Strategic Principles for Managers The viewpoints expressed here by Mark McNeilly are his alone and are not meant to reflect those of any organization with which he is associated.
  2. 2. Sun Tzu’s Art of War on the History Channel
  3. 3. "Given the constant battles for market share in almost every industry--computers, soft drinks, airlines, giant retailers-- it still surprises me that people resist the notion of business warfare.“ Dr. Philip Kotler
  4. 4. Sun Tzu & the Art of Business "Kmart, AT&T, Xerox and GM would have saved themselves billions of dollars if their past CEOs had read this book." Dr. Philip Kotler Northwestern
  5. 5. The Six Principles <ul><li>Win All Without Fighting : Capturing Your Market Without Destroying It </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness: Striking Where the Competition is Vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Foreknowledge: Maximizing the Power of Business Intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Speed and Preparation: Moving Swiftly to Overcome the Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Shaping the Opponent: Employing Strategy to Master the Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Character-based Leadership: Leading by Example </li></ul>
  6. 6. Win All Without Fighting &quot; Your aim must be to take All-under-Heaven intact. Thus your troops are not worn out and your gains will be complete. This is the art of offensive strategy.&quot; Sun Tzu
  7. 7. Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness &quot;Now an army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strengths and attacks weakness.&quot;
  8. 8. Foreknowledge “ Determine the enemy's plans and you will know which strategy will be successful and which will not.&quot;
  9. 9. Speed &quot;Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's lack of preparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.&quot;
  10. 10. Preparation “ He who excels at resolving difficulties does so before they arise. He who excels in conquering his enemies triumphs before threats materialize.&quot;
  11. 11. Shaping the Opponent &quot;Therefore, those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.&quot;
  12. 12. Leadership Qualities “ By command I mean the general’s qualities of wisdom, sincerity, humanity, courage and strictness. If wise , a commander is able to recognize changing circumstances and to act expediently. If sincere , his men will have no doubt of the certainty of rewards and punishments. If humane , he loves mankind, sympathizes with others, and appreciates their industry and toil. If courageous , he gains victory by seizing opportunity without hesitation. If strict , his troops are disciplined because they are in awe of him and are afraid of punishment.”

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