The board room battle

22 03 2016

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” ~ Sun Tzu

Several major upsets in the fighting world (Boxing, MMA, etc.) have happened when the favorite fighter was forced to fight a different opponent at the last minute.  This is usually due to injury or other reasons for pulling out, and promoters throwing a lesser ranked, unknown fighter as a replacement.  This is because fighters prepare to counter the strengths of a known opponent, and throwing a wildcard in at the last minute throws off all of the battle preparations.

Leaders, when having to go to a less bloody “battle”, also known as debates or disagreements at work, have the points for your side known and organized – don’t just go in swinging.  If you want an even more fair “fight”, give the person representing the other side your points ahead of the meeting.  Don’t get so entrenched in your side that you’re fighting just for the sake of fighting.  When both sides have all of their points on the table, the company, and both sides win when the best decision is made after thorough discussion, and a stacking up of points, counter-points, risk and reward.

Speaking of war…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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