GUI WORLD OF CULTURE
WORLD OF FENG SHUI
SUN TZU ART OF WAR
STRATEGY IS THE BLOSSOMING OF
Strategy is a needy element in modern management either within an organization or among the interacting organizations. In practice, strategy is an invisible plan to deal with the possible trend of development of the variables in a mission. It is the organization's overall plan for producing goods or services that meet the needs of the organization. Strategy varies in response to time and space.
From the perspective of military strategy, Sun Zi is the
first person who put the thought of military strategy in
sequence and order. The field commander must be very clear in
mind with the purpose, mission, objectives, plan and policies of
Evolution of Strategy
For the past few thousand years, the thought of strategy is always in the human mind, either consciously or subconsciously. If not, human race will never be so colorful and thriving as shown today.
Every human group has his social structure and social system. Social structure means an orderly, fixed arrangement of parts making up an integral whole, which is called a society, a community or an institution. Social system refers to the dynamic efficiency of a structure in relation to concerted action by group members or to their enduring common purposes. A society is a complex and huge social system, which is a spin off from the system of the nature and live in nature.
Mankind starts to react instinctively to reality until they reach the stage of life after the emergence of memory in their mind. And, from this stage onwards an individual will start to react to his environmental, both biological and physical, stimuli. With the accumulation of his experiences during the period of his growth, subconsciously he picked up the value he appreciated and finally developed into his own value that created his strategic behavior in action.
In early days, employees in the eyes of the employers are the machines, the tools, and the slave. The employers tried every means to drive the employees in order to extract the highest output from them.
Gradually, due to the development of the knowledge in
organizational behavior, the employers started to realize the
significant effect of psychological contract between an employee
and an organization. Legal contract alone is not enough. A
psychological contract is a set of unwritten, reciprocal
expectations between an employee and an organization. It is the
exchange of contributions and inducements. This is also the
expression of strategy. The managerial thought which developed
from the early part of twenty century is slowly transforming its
nature of materialism to the nature of humanism.
With the law of fittest and the law of natural selection, mankind has accumulated the strategic heritage to deal with the environment in order to survive. In the commercial world, money is the key factor to motivate participants in the tussle for economic gain; in the battlefield, bloodshed of the enemy is the intention of the participants for victory.
After reading the statements of Sun Zi in his military
treatise, we can perceive not only the system thinking of an
ancient strategist but also the love of life by a military
strategist. Sun Zi says,"the best policy to overcome your enemy
is to win a war without a battle". It is clear that no battle
means no bloodshed and no bloodshed tells no kill of life. This
philosophical advice implies to the modern management that the
highest level of strategy is to overtake your competitors in
market share and does not mean that you must demolish the
establishment of your competitors. However, one should not
forget that the thought of strategy is the product of the
Strategy has certain principle featires, viz:
Military warfare is the visible and tangible business, but the warfare of politics, economy, faith, influences and commerce are invisible and intangible business. However, both businesses need strategic plan and operational tactics. The harmony among the heaven (timeliness), the people (strategy creators) and the earth (environmental factors) can lead endeavor to success without a war.