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Managing Troops Selecting Talents Strengthening Nation

 

Disciplines > WarfareWu Zi's Art of War > Managing Troops Selecting Talents Strengthening Nation

Chapter | Observed lessons | Discussion | See also

 

Chapter

First part : 1 : 5

Observed lessons

  • Rule through social values and expect those in government and authority to do the same.
  • Recruit and promote people based on their values and talent.
  • Form military units of people with similar skills and motivations:
    • Courage and strength
    • Joy in advancing and going first
    • Speed and nimbleness
    • Officers who have been demoted
    • Those who have lost in war

Discussion

Social rules are a very powerful force for gaining agreement and commitment, far more so than a person in authority standing up and saying 'do this'. We fight harder for what others will think of us than because we are told to fight.

By bringing together those with similar motivation, you can create strongly cohesive groups. Those with courage and strength with fight hard together. Those who are quick will be able to keep up with one another. Those who have failed in the past will support one another (rather than looking down on them) as they fight to regain their position and the esteem of others.

See also

Running the State and Victory

 

http://www.chinese-wiki.com/Wu_Zi_Art_of_War

 

 

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