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A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.James Feibleman
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Salsa: 1 small ripe avocado, peeled, -- pitted and chopped
1 cup good quality prepared salsa
Burgers: 2 cups cooked black beans, -- rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons bulgur
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped scallions
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Hot pepper sauce to taste Salt Freshly ground black pepper Peanut oil (for cooking burgers) Slices Monterey Jack cheese Sesame seed or onion burger buns
Salsa: in mixing bowl, gently stir together avocado and salsa until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Burgers: combine black beans, bulgur, sourStep-by-Step
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THE ART OF WAR
THE ART OF WARThe introduction by the translator uses both the I Ching and the Tao-te Ching as the basis. TheI Ching and the Tao-te Ching are works of Taoists. In the introduction, Cleary refers to many works of Taoists, because it sets a more formal tone for Sun Tzu.
In the Art of War, Sun Tzu writes about many strategies and the usage of them in perspective of generals. One could apply the same idea in the manner of today's managers. Tzu's book takes place on the battlefield and he talks about the environment in a more general form.
In the beginning chapters, Tzu is clear on not fighting to win a war. Tzu stress the assessment of strategies in order to be prepared before war ever begins. The one who will lose is the one who is not readily prepared for it.
One idea that comes from the later chapters is the idea of formlessness. This idea derives from the element form of water. Water has no real form and its strength is in the ability to change and adept to whatever environment it is held in. This is a key factor in how Tzu construct his plan around this ideology because once a general has master this formlessness then he is able to become all things around his enemy and is able to attain complete victory.
The idea of victory is different to Tzu. One would often believe that to become victorious, you would have just beaten your opponent in a physical battle. Tzu's overall view is completely different, almost to a point where it seems Tzu would rather not fight if he can prevent it at all. Tzu often describes physical battle as a last resort; he would ready his men only as an abundance of caution.
The main idea of how Tzu would plan accordingly is when he knows exactly what he needed to plan for his enemies. Tzu would never let his own self defeat him because he is able to prevent it. Preparation has been the factor when it came to having the upper hand once you in war. Tzu states in order to win the battle; you must win it before the battle even begins. In this type of mindset, you would ready your men physical, while the general and leaders would ready themselves mentally. Tzu also allows for a significant time period in this phase because once you are rushing through, then you allow mistakes to take a greater impact.
Although, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a book that took place over two thousands year ago, you can easily transition the applicable ideas into today's work environment. Managers should read this book in order to grasp the simple idea of how to protect one's business from attack. Once a manager is able to understand a few of Tzu's methodology, then the manager can do without rather than with and will attain more keen sense of business.
The Ten Things Managers Need to Know fromThe Art of War
1. Sun Tzu states that in order gain victory, you will need to win at your headquarters, the place where you will design all your strategies. The one with the most depth and thought-out strategy, then when you win, you will win by that much more.
2. If you are planning to fight a battle, make sure it is short and decisive. People or soldiers in a long battle will burn themselves out like a fire.
3. Take three months to prepare your technical strategy and three months for your overall takeover strategy to be complete. When you are planning a takeover, it is best to keep the company intact.
4. Form alliances with knowledge rather than profits.
5. Use formlessness as a form of adaptation.
6. Use the materials of other, so you can save expensing your own company's resources.
7. Defeat your competitors without fighting.
8. Find out what your competitors are planning.
9. Make a comparison report between you and your competitors so you can assess the weakness and strengths.
10. Exploit their weakness while you strengthen your weaknesses.
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