About Sun Tzu (died 496 BCE) is about the man who wrote The Art of War, one of the most popular works on military strategy in history. Sun Tzu - Sun is his last name, Tzu means Master - was a Chinese military strategist and philosopher.
Master Sun lived in the state of Wu during the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BCE). Two periods that were known at the time as the Hundred Schools of Thought.
The Spring and Autumn period was a very creative era during which key philosophies and religious ideas emerged. Among them, Confucianism with Confucius being, perhaps, the first major philosopher whose teachings survived.
Chinese people do not glorify war. According to the Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, war is not winning battles, war is establishing the most strategic and most effective way to win with a minimum of conflicts.
Many books have been written about Sun Tzu Art of War. My favourite is by Chin-Ning Chu, a brilliant Chinese American business consultant who, unfortunately, died of cancer in 2009.
Ms Chin-Ning Chu brings the eternal wisdom of philosopher general Sun Tzu to women looking to gain a better understanding of who they are and who they want to be.
Sun Tzu definition of war is “those who define their strategy carefully achieve victory while those who fail or neglect to do so witness defeat."
Sun Tzu teaches how to:
No matter what our goals are, the principles and the strategies of Sun Tzu remain the same. His general advice is to produce the best result with the least amount of conflict.
According to Sun Tzu, the Art of War is about the application of strategies that begins with having a deep understanding of the people we deal with. It requires that we understand our strengths and our weaknesses, our goals and our fears.
It also requires that we naturally build on who we are, that we integrate ourselves into the strategies we employ and that we embrace our unique personalities and special talents to achieve what we want.
Master Sun recognizes that we cannot separate what we do from who we are.
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by Rachel Louise Barry