THE ART OF STRATEGY
THE ART OF STRATEGY
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THE ART OF STRATEGY

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Completed on 2020-04-09

About the Book

What is strategy?

Why do you need it?

How do you do it?

And, how can you be certain to succeed?

THE ART OF STRATEGY provides timeless answers to these eternal questions. It is a short introduction to strategy through the insights of three successful strategists: Sun TzuJohn Boyd and Simon Wardley. It is a modern reading of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War — the strategy classic written in China around 500 BC — using the lenses of Boyd (OODA "loop" inventor) and Wardley (Wardley Map inventor) who were both influenced by Sun Tzu.

Each chapter gently transforms The Art of War into a modern business setting and includes material from Boyd and Wardley in separate sections to complement and clarify Sun Tzu’s terse, poetic text. The idea is to serve strategy in 13 short chapters requiring 5–10 minutes reading time each. An extensive glossary is included since many Chinese concepts are purposefully abstract and ambiguous.

You will discover new thinking patterns, e.g. OODA "loops" and situational awareness, as well as visualization tools like Wardley Maps that will help you and your organization sustainably thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world where the rate of change will never be slower than today. You will also improve your understanding of the (geo)political gameplays by Boris JohnsonDonald TrumpVladimir Putin and Xí Jìnpíng who are all inspired by Sun Tzu.

"The Art of Strategy is condensed knowledge that all managers, agile coaches and other leaders should have. This is three thinkers from very different contexts. But as Erik has put it, with similarities and differences topic by topic, a fourth voice appears. That voice belongs to the interaction between the three narrators and it gives as much value to me as a reader as the other three voices do."

Staffan Nöteberg, author of Monotasking

"Erik Schön has created a great example of Boyd’s 'snowmobile' — a synthesis across a variety of domains leading to new insights and capabilities. I’m sure every strategist, business leader, and entrepreneur will find valuable ideas for making their own enterprises more competitive."

Chet Richards, author of Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business

About the Author

Erik Schön
Erik Schön

Erik Schön is an executive and strategist who has successfully developed and deployed strategy for over 20 years in small, medium and large enterprises. Hacker turned software researcher turned system engineer turned manager and leader turned strategizer, navigator, keynoter and writer, Erik has lead large, global R&D organizations in complex product development.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction     9
  • Acknowledgements     11
  • Assessments     13
  • Challenges     27
  • Success     37
  • Setup     45
  • Momentum     55
  • Shaping     65
  • Engagement     73
  • Adaptations     83
  • Movements     95
  • Landscape     107
  • Situations     115
  • Disruption     129
  • Intelligence     141
  • Sources     145
  • Glossary     153
  • Index     181

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