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Are you part of or lead a company, family or group? The Art Of War has wisdom that you could apply today to help you and your group succeed.
The Art of war is a military text believed to be written by an ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu in 5th century B.C. Its texts carry great weight when applied to Business and life, as much as warfare.
The first lesson is the Control the Will
Remember that a war can be fought in the mind as much as the battlefield.
“A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; a commander in chief may be robbed of his presence of mind.”— Sun Tzu (ART OF WAR)
“ A soldiers spirit is keenest in the morning, by noonday it has begun to flag, and in the evening his mind is bent on returning to camp”— Sun Tzu (ART OF WAR)
Will or Spirit is classified by three different phases
- Morning – Fresh and alert
- Afternoon – Lagging
- Evening – Exhausted
Do not attack a fresh and alert army, instead wait until their will is tired and lagging, their morale low.
Do not attempt to rally your own troops when they are lagging and exhausted, instead, attack when they are fresh and alert.
How to Rally Morale:
“Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.”– Zig Ziglar
Keeping your troops, employees or family morale boosted is essential to create a thriving unit. In the face of hardship, a committed leader is even more important to maintain the spirit of the group. Energy and momentum will greatly increase chances of success and a bonded unit. If one person begins to lose spirit, it can affect the entire team.
Keep work interesting:
Work without engagement leads to a sleepy mind. Keep your people stimulated by persistent growth and improvement. Tony Robbins talks about the importance of CANI – Constant and Never-ending Improvement. Stagnation is death.
This is one of the easiest, and also most difficult. It takes conscious observation, and consistent awareness. Notice the little things people do to help each other.
“Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.”– Sam Walton
Letting them in on what’s happening in the company gives their involvement meaning. You can do this by keeping your people involved with decision making, being transparent and letting them help you solve problems, knowing the deeper cause as to WHY they are doing the work will fuel the days when the grind is all there is.
The final takeaway? Our level of Will or Spirit will always influence how effective we are in accomplishing our goals. What will you do today to implement one lesson learned today?
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