War Principles

This page explores the principles of strategy and conflict-resolution explored through Greene’s work.

[Note: this page is only an introduction to these principles. Read Greene’s work to get a fuller grasp of how to apply them in your own life.]

Opposition

Find your reason for wanting or needing to do battle – a person, an idea, an injustice, whatever. Identify your enemies and use them to unite yourself or your team.

Intelligence

Always seek to gather as much information as possible about your enemy and your situation. Find out your enemy’s strengths and weaknesses and identify opportunities to attack.

Deception

Control your enemy’s perception to gain advantage in any situation. Never let the enemy know your situation; do this by changing your methods, keeping information hidden, spreading false information, or creating surprises. Your enemy should never know what you’re upto.

Shih

In ancient Chinese military theory, shih refers to one’s ability to accumulate advantages so that you can easily tip the scale of victory in your direction. Don’t focus necessarily on directly attacking or breaking your enemy. Instead, focus on accruing as many advantages (resources, time, ground, alliances, subordinates, etc.) as possible. Always aim to have more options than your enemy.

Protection

Always secure a way to escape if your enemy has the advantage. Take calculated risks, but never take huge gambles. Move when you have advantage, stop when you do not.

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