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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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42 UNITE IN ADVERSITY

A skilful tactician is like the Shuai-jan snake – capable of swift attack from both the tail and head. Sun Tzu elaborates: if enemies ‘are crossing a river in the same boat and are caught by a storm, they will come to each other's assistance just as the left hand helps the right.’

DEFINING IDEA…

‘Never doubt that a small group ofthoughtful, committed citizens canchange the world. Indeed, it is theonly thing that ever has.’

~ MARGARET MEAD, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

Basically, Master Sun's point is that an army must learn to act as one streamlined unit, swift in response to danger from any angle. He emphasises this point by saying that if enemies can work together when in danger, surely one army should be able to work ...

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