‘However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results’
I. Countering the Thirty-Six Stratagems
And what if the Thirty-Six Stratagems are used against you?
Well at least you should recognise them, and as the most important element of your response is to anticipate and understand what is being done to you then this puts you in a good position. Consider Stratagem 4 ‘Wait at leisure while the enemy labours’. You should be able to spot delaying tactics, or extra work creation tactics and respond in kind. For example, if someone is ‘moving the goalpost’, then argue for them to be ‘moved’ some ...