Sunzi’s Art of War has been a strategic inspiration for Western biz types for many years. Yet strategy without knowing how to conduct oneself in “battle” is of no use. Sunzi says:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Hagakure and Go Rin No Sho teach us how to behave in matters of such engagement, while Tao Te Ching is a path to finding the Way.
In a change of direction for my blog, I look forward to sharing my faves from these and similar books. They teach us a lot about the Art of Management.