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A lot of leaders have found Sun Tzu’s Art of War to be instructive in the world of business. Among the principles, written up 2,500 years ago: prevent conflicts before they arise; resolve them when they do; act with courage, intelligence and benevolence in conflict situations; convert potential enemies into friends and control your emotions before they control you.
The book contains a foreword by Marc Benioff of salesforce.com, who credits Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. with introducing him to the Chinese military classic. In Benioff’s view, the goal of the text was to “teach a disadvantaged person or persons how to shift the balance of power … how David can topple Goliath.” Huynh, who came to the U.S. as a political refugee and now has a site that’s the leading resource on Tzu’s philosophy, has come up with some insightful commentary to accompany the text. Check it out.
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