About Sun Tzu

About Sun Tzu (died 496 BC) is about the man who wrote The Art of War, one of the most popular works on military strategy in history. Sun Tzu - Sun is his last name, Tzu means Master - was a Chinese military strategist and philosopher.

Master Sun lived in the state of Wu during the Spring and Autumn periods (770 - 476 BC) of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 BC). Two periods that are often collectively called the period of Hundred Schools of Thought.

The Spring and Autumn periods of the Zhou dynasty represent a very fertile time for the development of philosophy and religion. Many important cultural developments took place in China during these two periods.

Chinese people think of war differently. To the Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, war is not winning battles, war is establishing the most strategic and most effective way to win with a minimum of conflicts.

Many books have been written about  Sun Tzu Art of War. My favorite is by Chin-Ning Chu, a brilliant Chinese American business consultant who, unfortunately, died of cancer in 2009.

Chin-Ning Chu brings the eternal wisdom of philosopher general Sun Tzu to women looking to gain a better understanding of who they are and who they want to be. 

Sun Tzu on Strategy

Sun Tzu definition of war is “those who define their strategy carefully achieve victory while those who fail or neglect to do so witness defeat."

Sun Tzu teaches how to:

  • Win without confrontation.
  • Fully integrate our ethics into the practical demands of earning a living.
  • Develop the ability to see the big picture and master strategic thinking.
  • Be innovative, adaptive and creative.
  • Integrate our own style into our actions.

No matter what our goals are, the principles and the strategies of Sun Tzu remain the same. His general advice is to produce the best result with the least amount of conflict.

Sun Tzu (died 496 BC) The Art of War

About Sun Tzu Quotations

  • JI refers to the five elements that govern success and that must be included in the process of any action. The five meanings of the JI are prepare, organize, plan, compare and analyze.
  • TAO is the morality and the motivation at the source of our actions. If our moral is pure, others will join and support our position. 
  • TIEN is the timing. At certain times it is necessary to take action, at others it is better to wait.
Sun Bin (died 316 BC) 550x642Sun Bin (died 316 BC) The Art of Warfare
  • DI is the land and the resources. DI refers to the obstacles that have to be overcome on the way to success. It also refers to the distance that needs to be traveled before we reach our goal.
  • JIANG refers to the qualities of the leader. Sun Tzu thinks that a leader must be wise, confident, caring, courageous and strict. 
  • FA is the method or the plan. Your team must be well organized, disciplined and responsible. As a leader, you must be strong and relentless in your willingness to maintain order.
Chin-Ning Chu 550x517Chin-Ning Chu (1947-2009)

Sun Tzu Business

According to Sun Tzu, the Art of War is about the application of strategies that begins with having a deep understanding of the people we deal with. 

It requires that we understand our strengths and our weaknesses, our goals and our fears.

It also requires that we naturally build on who we are, that we integrate ourselves into the strategies we employ and that we embrace our unique personalities and special talents to achieve what we want.

Master Sun recognizes that we cannot separate what we do from who we are.

About Sun Tzu by Rachel Louise Barry