To master the Sun Tzu's (Sunzi) Art of War (Chinese Strategy Mindset), it starts with the understanding of Chapter 1 "Assessments" (aka Estimates, Calculations, etc)
Step 1: Assess from the Field Level
- Disposition (of the Implementers) - Identify and assess the situation(s) before the conflict even begin.
- Strategic Advantage- Identify and assess the momentum and the timing within each identified macro cycle.
- Weaknesses and Strengths- Identify and assess the best match-ups.
Step 2: Assess from the Field Level (2)
- Terrain- Identify and assess the obstacles.
- Nine Grounds- Identify and assess the tactical situations.
- Nine Variables- Identify and assess the technical realities of the mission.
Step 3: Assess the Top View (1)
- Planning Offensives- Identify and assess the Tangible Path that enables the completion of the mission promptly.
- Marches - Identify and assess the strategic leadership challenges of the mission.
- Maneuver for Advantage- Identify and assess the deployment before and after each identified situation.
Step 4: Assess the Top View (2)
- Use of Competitive Intelligence- Identify and assess the current state of competitive intelligence.
- Waging the Operation- Identify and assess the tangible costs and consequences of launching the plan
- Use of Influence- Identify and assess what influences can be or are in play and what influences are available.
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