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How to Use the Book of Five Rings as a Strategy Guide for Business

How to plan for your business future

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”― Sun Tzu,

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Another challenge in business is knowing when to attack or retreat.

When you only have five units left but the company across from you has ten units, it may be time for battle even though you are at a disadvantage.

On the other hand, it could be better to back off so you can build up your forces before attacking again.

There are no hard and fast rules for business strategy.

If you’re up against a business with greater resources, it might be better to attack and try to win quickly so they don’t have time to mount a comeback.

On the other hand, if you’ve got more resources than your foes, patience and guile may get you even better results in the long run.

Handling conflicts

The book of five rings also addresses handling conflict with business partners.

This is something that comes into play when doing business with another person or organization who desires different things than yourself.

The most effective way to deal with this situation is not through negotiation but by recognizing your differences, developing your business relationship out of respect for the other partner, and choosing not to pursue business with that person again if it’s still a problem.

The book of five rings teaches business owners about handling conflicts with business partners and keeping business relationships separate from personal relationships.

It also teaches business owners how to stay committed to a project even when they are at a disadvantage.

Takeaways

I highly recommend business owners to read The Book of Five Rings as a strategy guide because it can be very insightful into business operations.

The book of five rings can be difficult to understand without an understanding of the historical context in which it was written (Samurai Japan).

However, business ideas like ring composition, when to attack or retreat, and conflict resolution are all things that modern business owners should consider as they look for ways to improve themselves.

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