Chapter: Maneuvering



Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:–this is the art of retaining self-possession.


There is much in warfare that in civilian situations would cause panic and disorder. Such discomfort is a waste of energy, draining spirit and creating a dangerous state of unreadiness.

A lack of discipline is also a recipe for chaos and panic. Disciplined troops are quietly confident and are in control of themselves. With external discipline they gain internal self-discipline and so can reach a state of calm in the hardest of circumstances.

Calmness does not mean lethargy or a lack of readiness. The calm warrior is always ready. They just do not need to sustain a state of tension to be observant and able to respond at a moment’s notice.

The same is true in business. Those who have an assured calm make better leaders and are more successful. They are not lazy. They are just conserving their energies for where true value can be created.

A lack of calm is often shown as stress, which can wear people out and break them without external intervention.