Millions have read Sun Tzu’s 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.
According to Gimian and Boyce—who collaborated on a best-selling translation of Sun Tzu’s classic—one of the essential teachings of 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
“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