Some time ago, I was directed by a business coach to the collection of Sun Tzu’s strategic advice - The Art of War. I remember taking cognisance of the lessons outlined by the great Chinese military general and as often as I could, I drew on the 33 nuggets. Looking back, the advice is sound. In fact, a refresher stroll through my copy of this classic has affirmed a few very important strategies for me:
I was fortunate enough at an early stage in my career to find myself at an industry event, sitting next to a very well-known psychoanalyst. Turns out that we hit it off: I got to know him well, and likewise, he got to know and analyse me very well. As a business coach to prominent business men, he finally blurted out “Guy, I have to tell you – you don’t think strategically at all”. While I can take a blow, I must admit that this came as a surprise to me; that is, until I learned exactly what is meant by strategic thinking.
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