STRATEGIC STUDIES

The Tao of Leadership


2023


Virtue and Power

Karme Chöling, VT, USA.

May 12 (evening) - 14 (ends 6pm)

No requirements

 

with Eva Wong

 

About this workshop

Zhuge Liang is one of the most important strategists in Chinese history. The balance of using power and virtue in his strategies is the key to effective action. If you have virtue but no power, there is not much chance for your virtue to have an impact. If you have power but no virtue, your actions will cause irreparable harm. And any action that causes harm is ineffective.

 

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of balancing virtue and power that is the foundation of effective action.

 

What is offered in this workshop

Through presentations, tutorials, break-out groups, you will learn how to:

• Build mental and energetic space so that you can achieve clarity in thinking and emotional calmness in the face of crisis.

• Acquire diverse areas of knowledge so that you can use information and know-how on demand.

• Understand the importance of pragmatics so that you can transform your ideas into practical action.

• Strengthen Virtue so that you can be ethical, practical, and successful all at the same time.

 

What you will get out of this workshop

• Guidelines for professional training in your work environment.

• Thought banners that will stimulate further personal investigative learning.

• Exercises designed to expand mental and energetic space.

 

Never shun Power.

Do not be afraid of it.

Never shun Virtue.

Never be ashamed of it.

 

No requirements

Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements.


Being Strategic in the Real World - A Zhuge Liang Program

Karme Chöling, VT, USA.

July 14 (evening) - 16 (ends 6pm)

No requirements

Material fee: $35

 

With Eva Wong

 

About this workshop

We live in a real world. In the real world, we interact with people who have thoughts, feelings, open friendliness, and hidden agendas. In the real world, we move around in environments - be it the natural world of plants, animals, and elements, or the social world of ethnic diversity, community life, work environments, and government policies. In the real world, time does not wait.

 

Zhuge Liang’s success in political leadership, military campaigns, and social reforms is founded on his uncanny ability to observe the natural world and understand people’s thoughts and feelings, and use this information strategically.

 

What is offered in this workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the strategies of:

• Observing the natural world skillfully and deducing its messages.

• Moving through and observing the social world discretely to gather information.

• Using your observations to design strategic plans of action.

• Using your observations to set “go or no-go” parameters in decision making.

• Learning how to take advantage of opportunities and execute your actions in a timely manner.

• Being street smart in both beneficial and aversive conditions.

 

What you will get out of this workshop

• Guidelines on how to apply the training acquired in this workshop to your work and personal life.

• Thought banners that will stimulate further investigative learning.

• Exercises and scenarios that will hone your skill in moving around your personal, work, and social world strategically.

• Part 1 of Eva Wong’s book Mastering the Art of Leadership and Strategy.

 

Observe the world to understand the world.

Nothing is inconsequential.

Scrutinize everything.

Make judgements after observation, not before.

 

Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements.


 

The Meditator as Strategist

Karme Chöling, VT, USA

July 16 (evening) – 19

 

With Eva Wong

 

Meditation is a strategic activity. In meditation, we encounter diverse thoughts arising in consciousness. Some are positive, some are negative, some are neutral, and some are even nonsensical. To be able to ally with positive thoughts, pacify negative thoughts, de-emphasize neutral thoughts, and minimize nonsensical thoughts is the mark of an intelligent and strategic meditator.

 

In this program, you will learn how to befriend positive thoughts, protect yourself from negative thoughts, and conserve spirit energy (shen) by minimizing neutral and nonsensical thoughts.

 

As a strategic meditator, we do not enter the field of consciousness and encounter our thoughts unprepared. Using qigong techniques, we will prepare our body strategically for meditation. Using Xiantianwujimen thought techniques, we will protect our spirit energy (shen) strategically during meditation.

 

Learn to meditate strategically - be still as a mountain, fluid as a river, powerful as a storm, and subtle as the wandering mists.

 


The Art of Strategic Cooperation and Team Building - A Zhuge Liang program

Karme Chöling, VT, USA.

July 19 (evening) - 21 (ends 6pm)

Material fee for those not registered in Being Strategic in the Real World: $35

 

With Eva Wong

 

About this workshop

Cooperation and team building are key to successful projects and enterprises. Without cooperation and good team dynamics, disharmony and dysfunction will occur. The results are failed initiatives, wasted time and resources, and most importantly, erosion of goodwill among people with good intentions.

 

Zhuge Liang was famous for working harmoniously and effectively with colleagues, friends, strangers, and even competitive rivals. His ability to strategically forge cooperation and build teams led to success in the face of overwhelming odds. What is offered in this workshop

 

Whether you are involved in business projects, volunteer-based charitable work, or just running day-to-day activities in an organization, cooperation and team building are the foundation of successful operations. You cannot always work with people you like, or with persons who share your ideals. How do you build a team and make sure that the members will cooperate with each other?

 

This workshop is designed to train you in the strategies of cooperation and team building among friends, co-workers, strangers, and competitors, so that personal differences, grudges, and rivalry can be set aside for the greater good.

 

Through presentations, tutorials, and work groups simulations, you will learn how to:

• Balance virtue and pragmatics while making cooperative commitments.

• Identify the nature of the cooperative activity needed to complete a project.

• Identify the skills and abilities that are needed to form an effective team.

• Work strategically with team members and partner organizations who are friendly, supportive, indifferent, or even hostile.

• Create a work environment that focuses on cooperation rather than competitive rivalry. What you will get out of this workshop

• Guidelines on how to balance virtue and pragmatics in cooperative activities.

• Guidelines on how to identify and design cooperative agreements.

• Tips on how to choose team members.

• Thought banners that will stimulate further investigation of how to cooperate strategically.

• Part 1 of Eva Wong’s book Mastering the Art of Leadership and Strategy.

 

Create an atmosphere of cooperation, not rivalry.

Successful teams lead to successful projects.

 

Eva Wong is a translator of Chinese classics of strategy and a strategy consultant for business corporations, political leaders, and social movements.

Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants

 

The Strategic Studies Series

 

The Strategic Studies Series is a system of workshops and courses featuring modern applications of strategy based on Chinese classics including Sunzi’s Art of War, The Thirty-Six Strategies, and the writings of Zhuge Liang.

 

Phase 1 of the Series begins with a special introductory workshop that highlights general principles of strategic thought and action drawn from the teachings of Sunzi, the master of situations, and Zhuge Liang, the master of human observation.

This workshop provides training in situation, social, interpersonal, and information awareness. The training is augmented with exercises in body and mental awareness from the Taoist tradition.

 

Phase 2 of the Series consists of 4 modules of training in strategy and tactics based on the Chinese strategy classic Sunzi’s Art of War. This Series is modular in design, but on completion of all the modules, the participant will have learned how to use the entire book to design and execute plans of strategic action. Subsequent phases will include courses based on the teachings of Zhuge Liang of the Three Kingdoms Era, The Thirty-Six Strategies, a translation and commentary by Eva Wong, to be published in the summer of 2020, as well as new translations of other significant Chinese classics of strategy and tactics.

 

The training format of the Series will consist of:

  • Presentations by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants
  • Theme-rooms tutorials and breakout groups
  • Theme-focused training exercises
  • Taoist body and mental awareness training

Bring out the strategist in you. Enjoy the company of like-minded individuals in studying and training together. Take home guidelines and tools. Join Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants in bringing strategy into your work and everyday life.

 

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Eva Wong is the author of A Course in the Thirty-Six Strategies, a Chinese classic on strategy and tactics, as well as 15 other books on the Taoist practical arts such as meditation, health practices, divination, and strategy.

 

She owns and operates Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants, and has advised corporations, government agencies, and private individuals on strategy world-wide. You can find her courses on strategy and tactics listed in the website www.limitlessgate.com.


An Invitation To Thinking and Acting Strategically
June 02-04; 2023
At: Drala Mountain Center
With: Eva Wong
(no requirements)

 

About this workshop

This workshop presented by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of thinking and acting strategically. Everyone can be a strategist. It only takes inspiration and some training to bring out the strategist within you.

This workshop will provide you with tools and guidelines on how to think and act strategically, call your attention to the need for virtue in strategic thought and action, and apply what you have learned in your work and everyday life. Thinking and acting strategically can save time, effort, and resources, allowing us to successfully accomplish works that will benefit humanity.

 

What is offered in this workshop 

  • Presentations and tutorials by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Consultants on:
    • situation awareness
    • social awareness
    • interpersonal awareness
    • information awareness
  • Theme-rooms and breakout groups on focused topics
  • Taoist methods of enhancing body and mental awareness

 

Who can benefit from this workshop

If you are in business, education, professional services, government agencies, or are involved in community organization, and you wish to integrate strategic skill and virtue into your work - THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU.

 

What you will get out of it

  •  Tools and guidelines for personal follow-up training
  • Body awareness training exercises
  • Mental awareness training exercises

 

Drala Mountain Center

click HERE for the link to this program.

 

About Eva Wong

Eva Wong is the author of A Course in the Thirty-Six Strategies, a Chinese classic on strategy and tactics (to be published in summer 2020), as well as 15 other books on the Taoist practical arts such as health practices, meditation, divination, and strategy.

She owns and operates Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants, and has advised corporations, government agencies, and private individuals on strategy world-wide. You can find her courses on strategy and tactics listed in the website www.limitlessgate.com.