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Consider the hidden costs of war: Sometimes it is better to undermine your enemies covertly.
Let the other side move first. If aggressive, bait them into a rash attack that leaves them in a weak position. Build a reputation for being a little crazy. Fighting you is not worth it. Uncertainty can be better than an explicit threat. A retreat is a sign of strength. Resisting the temptation to respond buys valuable time. Sometimes you accomplish most by doing nothing.
Our successes and failures in life can be traced to how well or how badly we deal with the inevitable conflicts that confront us in society. Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead.
Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it. The target of your strategies is not the army you face, but the mind who runs it.
Learn to read people. Speed is power. Striking first, before enemies have time to think or prepare will make them emotional, unbalanced, and prone to error. Separate the parts and sow dissension and division. Turn a large problem into small, eminently defeatable parts. Frontal assaults stiffen resistance. Create relentless pressure from all sides and close off their access to the outside world.
When you sense weakening resolve, tighten the noose and crush their willpower. Before the battle begins, put your opponent in a position of such weakness that victory is easy and quick. Create dilemmas where all potential choices are bad. Before and during negotiations, keep advancing, creating relentless pressure and compelling the other side to settle on your terms.
The more you take, the more you can give back in meaningless concessions. Create a reputation for being tough and uncompromising so that people are giving ground even before they meet you. You are judged by how well things conclude. Know when to stop. Avoid all conflicts and entanglements of which there are no realistic exits. Everything in life can be taken away from you and generally will be at some point. But if your mind is armed with the art of war, there is no power that can take that away.
In the middle of a crisis, your mind will find its way to the right solution. Having superior strategies at your fingertips will give your maneuvers irresistible force. Make it hard for your enemies to know what is going on around them.
Feed their expectations, manufacture a reality to match their desires, and they will fool themselves. Upset expectations. First do something ordinary and conventional, then hit them with the extraordinary. Sometimes the ordinary is extraordinary because it is unexpected. Questioning their motives and making enemies appear evil can narrow their base of support and room to maneuver. The feeling of emptiness is intolerable for most people. Give enemies no target to attach. Be dangerous and elusive, and let them chase you into the void.
Deliver irritating but damaging side attacks and pinpricks. As Greene himself stressed in The 50th Law , and as Ray Dalio says in Principles , the men who learn to look at reality for what it is, with dispassionate eyes, holds a huge advantage. Let him who wants peace prepare for war Click To Tweet. Do not become a sheep in the crowded center: A dominating polarizing presence has more pull than middle ground men.
Your enemies give you a purpose and direction. And battles are what will allow you to win. Victory over your enemies is the best form of popularity Click To Tweet.
Do like Cortez did. Your past successes can be your biggest obstacles if you believe that repeating the same strategy will give you more victories. Let go of the past, embrace change and fluidity instead. Detach yourself from the fog of war and chaos of battles. The counterbalance to doubt, fear and losing our mind is an intensification of confidence and determination. And understanding the trees abut looking at the forest is the main quality of all great generals.
However, let others believe that your zen qualities come from some mysterious source.
Preparation is key. But let others think you're gifted Click To Tweet. I also liked Greene saying that we tend to overestimate others and trust ourselves less. Overcompansate it by doing it the opposite: Greene recommends to use the thought of death as your driver to spur you into action.
I loved this part as I wrote a whole article about it. Place yourself where your back is against the wall and you have to fight like hell to get out alive. People naturally have their own agendas in the groups you lead.
You need a chain of command where people buy into your vision and follow your lead naturally. The overall strategic vision must come from you and and you alone. But make the group feel involved in the decision making. Take their good ideas, deflect the bad ones and if necessary make minor changes to appease the most political ones. Political animals not only are after themselves, but form factions to further their agendas and create their small fiefdoms of power.
You should avoid hiring these people in the first place. Watch out for those who mirror your ideas 1: The critical elements in war are speed and adaptability—the ability to move and make decisions faster than the enemy.
Break your forces into independent groups that can operate on their own. Give them the spirit of the campaign, a mission to accomplish, and room to run.
People are cynical nowadays, speeches and group activities do little. Build a group myth. Use the past to forge an idea that your group is mythical and legendary. People will feel the pride and work hard to live up to that image. Don't push from behind. Make them run to keep up with you Click To Tweet.
Get them to think less about themselves and more about the group. Involve them in a cause, a crusade against a hated enemy. Make them see their survival is tied to the success of the army as a whole.
Fighting defensively is not a weakness. And in a word that frowns upon direct warfare, making your enemy make the first overt move is the hallmark of great strategy. Not all battles are worth being fought. The costs of war are high.
Even if you do have an enemy, sometimes covert warfare is best. Think about it shrewdly: Pyrrhic victories are more common than you might think. Let them go first. The best blows are the ones they never see coming Click To Tweet. Look stronger than they think, build a reputation for fighting till the bitter end, sometimes taking your enemy with you. This works great with enemies who have a reputation.
Or even better: Infuriate them by refusing to fight. Gain time to reflect and rebuild your defenses as they keep over-extending. The biggest danger come from the unexpected. When you attack first at their vulnerabilities you take action and minimize the unexpected.
Look beyond the present battle and think about the overall war. Similar to The Magic of Thinking Big , he recommends you set big goals that will drive you forward. Put a friendly, or even subservient front, observe them, let them open up voluntarily. Uncover their weaknesses. And use them. The most powerful armies are beaten unhinging their leaders' minds Click To Tweet.
Move quick, strike first without giving your enemy the time to prepare. Make him emotional, afraid, and error-prone. It works best when you move with his energy, and works best with the aggressive and passive-aggressive types.
Then slowly change the battlefield in a way that suits and makes your enemy uncomfortable. If the discussion is about money, reframe it as a moral issue. Your enemy derives its power from a few key sources. Strike there, cut off his lifeline.
Frontal attacks are the equivalent of going punch for punch: The key to a flank attack is disguising your intentions. Encircling deflates your enemy.
Phalanxes closing in on him from all directions. Either you are successful, or you might be left in a difficult position.
Create disorder, then attack. Boasting your own skills reeks of self promotion. Instead, let them speak first and reveal themselves. Now you can use it to your advantage. If they pick an extreme position, say they are dangerous revolutionaries.
If they tone down, say they are inconsistent. Before the battle begins, put your opponent in a position of such weakness that victory is easy and quick.
Create dilemmas where all potential choices are bad. They will break their promises and find moral justifications for their amoral behaviors. Keep advancing and waging wars during negotiations. When you keep winning the war you will get better deals and you can use the conquered terrain as bargaining chips. Act strong and people will treat you as strong.
How things end is all that matters. And the ending is your final judge. Greene talks here of the quicksands of protracted wars with no end in sight, like the Russians in Afghanistan or the Americans in Vietnam. The only two options in these cases are:.