12.15

Chapter: The Attack by Fire 12.15
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Translation:

Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.

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Commentary

Commanders do not have a monopoly on ideas and innovation. There is much to be gained from the ingenuity of their people.

This is a lesson that leaders continue to learn (and maybe not learn or re-learn) even today. Successful businesses leverage the talents of their people and do not assume that seniority equates with wisdom, omniscience and genius.

Impoverished leaders manage by fear, leading to subordinates that blindly obey commands. Better is to have followers who implement the commander’s intent with passion and commitment.