STRATEGIC STUDIES

The Tao of Leadership


2022

Being Strategic, Practical, and Ethical in These Challenging Times
September 25, 2022
At: Boston Shambhala Center. USA
With: Eva Wong

 

To succeed in these challenging times is not easy, but to accomplish our goals without compromising virtue is deemed impossible by many. Yet, in the history of China, the greatest strategists had always balanced virtue and strategy, assessed gain and profit against harm caused, and succeeded in their political, military, and economic enterprises.

 

This workshop features strategies of success that take into account the importance of virtue and ethics. Winning is desirable, but if a victory means sacrificing integrity, honor, and compassion, it is no victory at all. A great strategist is someone who balances practicality with ethics. Ethics affect which project, mission, or campaign is chosen. Strategy determines how actions are carried out to accomplish the project honorably. Practicality dictates whether a project is feasible given the logistics necessary for it to succeed.

Join Eva Wong in a workshop on how to balance strategy, practicality, and ethics in accomplishing your goals in these challenging times we live in. The program will highlight strategies discussed in Eva’s new book How To Win - 36 Ancient Strategies for Success.

 

There are a small number of discounted tickets available for this program, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Eva Wong is the author of over 15 books on Chinese history, culture, and Taoism. She is also the owner of Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants, a company that advices corporations, government agencies, and private individuals on how to succeed with integrity and honor.


How to Win: 36 Ancient Strategies for Success

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (June 2, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611808278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611808278

 Potent advice on how to think and act strategically in business, politics, and relationships--drawn from classic Chinese military and political expertise.


The ancient strategies of war and politics have much to offer us in navigating the complicated challenges we face today--and to help us wisely and effectively meet our business, political, and relational goals.

Here, eminent Chinese scholar and Taoist teacher Eva Wong unpacks the wisdom of The Thirty-Six Strategies, a collection of advice encoded in sayings, steeped in Chinese history and culture. She explores strategies attributed to renowned military philosophers such as Sun Tzu and Zhuge Liang (aka "The Sleeping Dragon"), along with other less-known advisors, that were implemented during three of the most chaotic eras of Chinese history--the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period, and the Three Kingdoms.

Covering three categories of strategy--proactive, reactive, and desperate--Wong expertly connects the words of ancient military philosophers with timeless advice, as useful today as it was in the Tang dynasty (618-906) when this collection was originally gathered. In Chinese military philosophy and political theory, the thirty-six strategies are considered "yin" or "shadow" in nature, meaning that they operate best in darkness and concealment.

As Wong writes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures, and since the thirty-six strategies rose out of times of war and conflict, it is inevitable that they were used to win wars, triumph over opponents, take advantage of situations, and survive when defeat is imminent."

2023



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