I have recently been reading a translation of The Art of War by Sun Tzu and I have to say that I am amazed. Amazed, by the fact that something so poignant to modern business culture could have been written during the 6th century BC.
There are a cornucopia of management/self help books on the market and a plethora of experts only to willing to part people with their cash in return for the secret of success in business/life. Master Tzu manages to explain it all in one paragraph*.
“So there are five ways of knowing who will win. Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious. Those who discern when to use many or few troops are victorious. Those whose upper and lower ranks have the same desire are victorious. Those who face the unprepared with preparation are victorious. Those whose generals are able and are not constrained by their governments are victorious. These five are the ways to know who will win.”
* I don’t think he would actually have used paragraphs, but you get my point.