4.15

Chapter: Tactical Positions 4.15
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Translation:

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

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Commentary

A good strategists sees further ahead than others, plotting the moves and counter-moves until certain victory is known.

The first move may hence be seen as oddly innocuous, but moves confidently towards inevitable victory.

The higher in business you go, the further into the future you need to see. The ability to see possibilities and take your organisation there is a powerful leadership skill.