Chapter: Wagin War



When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.


War should be short and sharp for several reasons, an important one being that soldiers are not machines.

War is won with troops who are fired up and ready for battle. Prolonged campaigns simply wear them out. This is one reason why siege is a poor strategy that should be avoided if at all possible.

In business, your people likewise can only work at high levels for short bursts and need their breaks and holidays to refresh and reinvigorate.