The Rules of Victory: "Strategies from ""The Art of War"" for Transforming Chaos and Conflict"

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Art of War, the classic text on leadership and strategy, but how many understand its profound teachings or know how to apply them in modern life? The Rules of Victory presents the core insights of The Art of War, making them relevant and valuable to anyone who seeks more successful and creative approaches to dealing with chaos and conflict, whether at home, in the workplace, or in the midst of any challenging campaign or project.

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Overview

Art of War, the classic text on leadership and strategy, but how many understand its profound teachings or know how to apply them in modern life? The Rules of Victory presents the core insights of The Art of War, making them relevant and valuable to anyone who seeks more successful and creative approaches to dealing with chaos and conflict, whether at home, in the workplace, or in the midst of any challenging campaign or project.

The Art of War is that when we seek to effect change, conflict is inevitable. However, we can learn to perceive the underlying dynamics of situations and we can learn how to work with them to transform potential conflict into victory. What’s more, when we master the skills of The Art of War, we attain our goals without engendering further conflict and destruction.

The Rules of Victory features:

   • In-depth explanations of the essential principles, strategies, and skills of The Art of War
   • First-person success stories illustrating how these teachings can be applied to a wide variety of professional and personal challenges
   • Guidance on how to recognize, and even create, a critical turning point in any campaign or project you undertake
   • A complete translation of The Art of War

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“James Gimian has been amazingly skillful at translating Sun Tzu’s Art of War into everyday lessons that our global management team can apply on a daily basis at our rapidly growing and cutting-edge technology company.”—Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com

“This profound and practical interpretation of The Art of War is a wonderful gift to all of us who are working, in our sphere and in our own way, to make the world better—and to do so with an approach that ‘takes whole.’ I applaud this beautifully clear, purposeful, and valuable work.”—Adam Kahane, author of Solving Tough Problems

“There are exquisite gems to be found in the deep seeing and listening this ancient text—here brought to life by Gimian and Boyce as a Way of being, a Way of acting wisely in the modern world—invites us to contemplate and ultimately, to embody.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Arriving at Your Own Door 

“Few undertakings are more urgent in today’s world than deepening our understanding of conflict and equipping us with practical wisdom for engaging it. This wonderful book does both, illuminating timeless insights and offering us the skillful means to make our lives more whole.”—Erica Ariel Fox, founder of the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative

“This is a brave, unique, and important book. It demands of us a new way of being and thinking so that we can deal more skillfully with conflict and chaos. Here is 2,500-year-old wisdom that couldn’t be more timely.”—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time

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Turning to a source of wisdom that has withstood the ages, Gimian and Boyce offer a written version of the interpretive seminars they conduct on the teachings of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. While guiding today's corporate warriors on spiritual journeys to solve management issues in a group setting may result in an abundance of insights, the authors' presentation of these journeys is less than compelling. Their material is vaguely familiar and hard to argue with, but is presented without passion, much-needed breaks or conclusions. Sun Tzu's concepts are never translated into tools or methods of practice for today's leaders to grasp quickly and introduce into their daily office battles. Rather, they are presented in the abstract and the reader must figure out what use to make of them. For those with the time to contemplate metaphorical "blades of grass" in hopes of discovering blades of insight, this could be enlightening. For those looking for immediately practicable answers to managing actual episodes of chaos or conflict, this volume may not be of much help. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300855
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Boyce is a member of the Denma Translation Group and has taught seminars on The Art of War. He is a senior editor and staff writer for the Shambhala Sun magazine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
What Is The Art of War?: The Text and Tradition of the Sun Tzu     11
View, Practice, and Action: A Framework for Understanding the Sun Tzu     30
The Big View: How the Sun Tzu Teaches Us to See the World     60
Interconnectedness     65
Conflict     71
Taking Whole     76
Knowing     80
Victory     86
The Basic Practice: Learning How to Employ Shih     90
Shih: What Is It?     94
Employing Shih in the World     112
Summary and Examples     129
Strategic Practices: The Many Forms of Employing Shih     139
Extraordinary and Orthodox     141
Forming and Transforming     153
Deception     168
More Ways of Employing Shih     177
Summary of Practice     184
Action: Stories of Applying the Sun Tzu in the World     186
How to Enter This Wisdom Lineage     222
The Art of War: The Denma Translation     237
Acknowledgments     279
Notes     281
Also of Interest     283
Index     285
About the Authors     293
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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Does anyone know what version of the audio book this unabridged

    Does anyone know what version of the audio book this unabridged version is from? The book I have looks like the right one but, when I follow the text while listening to the book they do not line up?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    An outstanding contribution

    What I most admire about this book is that it refuses to give quick fixes: the wisdom it teaches is far too important for that. And subtle. If you want a set of seven maxims to maximize your product growth, stay away. But if you want to transform your understanding of how business (and every other conflictual situation) works, you'll be deeply rewarded by the careful, thorough presentation you'll find in this book. Gimian and Boyce take us through the view (meaning outlook or perspective of the Art of War), the practice (learning how to bring this view to bear on situations) and the action. The result is a teaching that will, as the subtitle says, 'transform chaos and conflict' into situations of victory. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    As a long-time student of social and personal change methodologies, I find that most attempts at guidance give you a bunch of by this time well-worn insights and exercises, and skip over the hardest part--how to work, in real-life, with the underlying attitudes that are the real determinant of how and whether you can more skillfully engage your challenges. Boyce and Gimian manage to both present and make accessible a profound understanding, and at the same time give a sense that they live in the same neighborhood I do--a place where magical solutions and quick fixes are seen as hucksterism. This in my experience is a rare combination of vision and practicality, and the kind of authentic voice I hope we all hear more of.

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