The Science of Competitive Success
Welcome to Practical Strategy written by Gary Gagliardi, the founder of the Science of Strategy Institute and multiple award-winning author of dozens of books explaining Sun Tzu’s strategy including the only award-winning translation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Articles on practical strategy are designed to help you make better decisions on a day-to-day basis. Many of the articles explain whay Sun Tzu’s system has worked for 2,500 years in terms of modern psychology. The word “strategy” means many different things to different people, the emphasis here is on the “practical” part, that is, understanding how competitive thinking improves everyday interpersonal relationships. This psychology can be applied to any competitive arena: business, politics, sports, politics, romance, and so on. I have authored books on all these areas of human competition.
These articles avoid referencing current events. Though such references might increase traffic, the goal is to make each article as “timeless” as possible.He is also the founder of an Inc. 500 software company, who spent a couple of decades training the world’s largest organization in competitive strategy, and a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Business. Free signups get a free copy of his award-winning version of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
We begin with redefining “competition.” Psychologically, it is not a “fight” as commonly portrayed. Indeed, “fights” are more properly understood as a failure of strategy. All forms of competition can be reduced to a comparison. When we make any decision, we must compare alternatives. How those comparisons are made is the root of all strategies. A good strategy is not about what our actions do, but how others see and react to them.
The systems by which we make such comparisons are deeply rooted in our survival instinct, honed over millions of years. Most people are unaware of their use of these mechanisms and how they shape their decisions. Success in human society is based upon winning the support of others and avoiding their opposition. Understanding the deep-rooted psychology by which they make those decisions and how our behavior affects them is the key to becoming more successful.
Sign up now. Paid subscribers can access all past articles and get membership status at the Science of Strategy Institute Website which contains all types of material, including articles, audios, books, and videos on the practical application of Sun Tzu’s stystem..
In the meantime, tell your friends!