7.1

Chapter: Maneuvering 7.1
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Translation:

Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign.

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Commentary

The ultimate command comes from the ruler of the country. The general’s purpose is to achieve the intent and goals set by this ruler.

As with any goal-setting, it is important for the ruler to have achievable aspirations. A wise rules discusses possibilities with the general before settling on the final command.

It is then important for the ruler to allow the general to use his skills to develop the strategy to achieve the intended ends.

In business, the CEO and board set the objectives that are executed further down the organization. This says much about the importance of selection and of trust.