Separate Your Opponent From His Source Of Strength

When we are dealing with an opponent of substantial power, we should try to cut him off from his source of strength.  If he can be made incapable of drawing on his strengths, he will be weakened; and so weakened, isolated; and if isolated, destroyed.  Everything has a source of strength, whether we are talking about a person, an animal, a machine, a group, a nation.  So the first step will be to identify this power source.

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When To Wait, And When To Strike

There are times in a leader’s experience when it will be prudent to watch and await developments.  Sometimes more is to be gained by figuratively taking off one’s pack, sitting down on the side of the road, and monitoring the flow of events, than by leaping into the fray.  On the other hand, there are also just as many–if not more–times when decisive and speedy action is necessary to deal with a nascent problem.  Knowing when to wait and when to act is one of those key questions that we all have to confront sooner or later.  It is ultimately a tactical decision for which no firm rules can be laid out:  every situation must be evaluated on its own merits.

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