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Career Advice from Sun Tzu August 27, 2009

Posted by Corporate Sleuth in New, Survive, Thrive.
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Sun Tzu – The Art of Corporate Survival?

The main theme of most of my posts, revolves around obtaining knowledge, being aware of your surroundings, and gaining advanced insight into your work envoronment.  Hence allowing you to not only Survive, but Thrive, in the corporate environment.  Sun Tzu says it best in the following quote, and it applies to the corporate environment as well:

Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

Let us analyze this a bit further and  apply it to the corporate work place. We are not looking to “strike and conquer”, at least not in the same manner that Sun Tzu had in mind, but we do need to be proactive, confident, and successful in our daily battles we face at work. My favorite part of this quote is  that the key to “achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge”. 

Now Sun Tzu said this more than 2000 years ago, but it still applies.  Another expression, which comes to mind reflecting on Sun’s quote is ” to be forewarned is to be forearmed”.  If you want to stand out above the “ordinary worker” you must employ this strategy on a daily basis.  The better forewarned, the better your chances of survival and success in daily and long term career goals. Break the mold of being ordinary, and be the extraordinary successes that we all can be.

Review my posts in the “Knowledge is Power” series, hopefully they will give you a few ideas of how to become forewarned and thus forearmed.  I will be consistently building upon this series as well as adding new series on this topic.  Good luck in your daily battles, but you won’t need luck if you have foreknowledge.  The Corporate Sleuth. 

Work smart......or Perish.

Work smart......or Perish.


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