Part I SELF-DIRECTED WARFARE
1- Declare war on enemies:The Polarity Strategy
One must detect the individuals in his/her social circuit, who disguise themselves as friends, but are enemies inside. Spot out such people and keep a close eye on them.
Remember when you will expose such people they will drag you into emotional warfare. Try to be cautious while doing so.
But seeing everyone against you is a trait of historic tyrants, try not to lose track of reality.
2- Do not fight the last war: Guerrilla-war-of-the-mind strategy
It’s always tempting to repeat the strategy that had earned you success in past. But as every circumstance is different, try to observe details and deal with every matter as its first of its own kind. Nothing can be more fatal than being trapped with the old ways of getting victories.
3- Amidst the turmoil of events, do not lose your presence of mind: Counterbalance Strategy
Presence of mind is a most vital tool in creating a strategy. As the world we live in is full of uncertainty and unpredictability. Presence of mind is the only thing that can prepare you to deal with future chaos and uncertainty.
4- Create a sense of urgency and desperation: The Death-ground
Burn the boats and you wouldn’t regretted. Always having a backup plan may divert your attention and you don’t try as hard as you would if it were a do or die situation. Because if you have too much to lose, you wouldn’t.
Part 2: ORGANIZATIONAL (TEAM) WARFARE
5- Avoid the Snare of Group think: The Command-and-Control Strategy.
Group decision making may sound the right thing but it’s not. Group thinking avoids risk taking, which is contrary to the previous strategy and it also resists change. This is the worst weakness of group thinking, for nothing is constant except change. Therefore group thinking falls in anarchy.
Divided leadership can do far more lose than that of single person’s wrong decisions.
6- Segment Your Forces: The Controlled-Chaos Strategy
You can’t look after every detail of a plan to execute. It’s better to find compatible people and assigned smaller specific task to them.
Let them do the work in their own way. While allotting them with the responsibility and reasonable authority now it’s their problem that how they make thing happen. While your compatible people dealing with the details you are left with more time to see the bigger picture.
7- Morale Strategies
Make your people think about the team and it will surely lead far better results. Following are 8 different ways of increasing the moral of your people that will create a team oriented culture.
- Gather people around a cause big enough to create excitement.
- Fulfill the basic necessities of your people.
- Do what you want your people to do for you.
- Use emotional approach rather than rational.
- Believe in reward and punishment.
- Make your people use their will power by exposing them to challenges.
- Give your people sense of purpose which is unique.
- Eliminate people who do not believe in team’s vision.
Part 3: DEFENSIVE WARFARE
8- Pick Your Battles carefully: The Perfect Economy Strategy.
While fighting a political, business or any other war, make sure the resources you are expanding should be far lesser than your enemies. While making a strategy consider the resources you have and then make a strategy concordance to it.
A victory would do no good to you if it comes with a price higher than the defeat. Putting too much at stake for a reward so small, just for ego, you will buy defeat yourself.
9- Turn the Tables: The Counterattack Strategy.
Don’t attack first, it will expose your strategy and expose a weak spot where your enemy can attack. Try to observe the strategy of your opponent by letting him attack first, while you stay calm and patient.
10- Create a Threatening Presence: Deterrence Strategies
Having an aggressive reputation with the touch of madness will prevent your enemies for attacking you. They would not attack a person who takes his enemy with him if he falls. But not supporting such behavior with victory can back fire.
11- Trade Space for Time: The Non-engagement Strategy
Stay low when the circumstances are against you and attack only when the right time comes. Avoid reacting out of panic.
12- Lose the Battles but Win the War: Grand Strategy
Avoid fulfillment of short terms urges such as satisfying ego, instead focus on the long term strategic goals. Your preference should be getting the end results regardless of gratification of your ego or focusing on any unnecessary thing.
13- Know Your Enemy: The Intelligence Strategy
No weapon can be the substitute of knowing your enemy. It’s always better to know some of your enemy’s trait for sure rather than making a falls assumptions.
14- Overwhelm Resistance with Speed and Suddenness: The Blitzkrieg Strategy
First disguise yourself as slower or foolish, and then surprise the rival with a quick attack. Doing so wouldn’t make you just unpredictable but also your enemy can’t take the right decision for being in the state of shock.
Be something that changes quickly and can’t be predicted.
15- Control the Dynamic: Forcing Strategies
Make your enemy fight into the environment or situation where you have an upper hand. Such circumstances can be where only you can use your strength or you have far better awareness of the situation.
16- Hit them where it hurts: The Center of Gravity Strategy
Destroy the sources of power of your opponent and he will fall on his own. No matter how big your enemy is no giant can stand without his legs.
17- Defeat Them in Detail: The Divide and Conquer Strategy
Confronting with a bigger problem or enemy, dividing it and destroying it bit by bit can work well.
18- Expose and Attack Your Enemy’s Soft Flank: The Turning Strategy
Hitting on the weakness of your rival can earn you victory with lesser time, energy and resources. Attacking with directness will only increase resistance, do it smoothly by being indirect.
19- Envelop the Enemy: The Annihilation Strategy
Attack from a direction that’s make you highly unpredictable. Know the enemy is looking at every single direction and expecting you can attack from anywhere. In this state you have encircled his mind and divided his focus into several different directions and in the process weakened him.
20- Maneuver Them into Weakness: The Ripening For the Sickle Strategy
Left your enemy with all the bad options and as a result you be place yourself into more advantageous position. Get your enemy into predicaments rather than problems, problems he can solve, predicaments he can’t.
21- Negotiate While Advancing: The Diplomatic-War Strategy
During negotiation try to have an uncompromising front. Battles and negotiations are two different things let them be and keep advancing while you are carrying out a negotiation. Later you can return in meaningless negotiations.
People more concern about their achievements rather than their promises, so don’t take rival promises serious in negotiations.
22- Know How to End Things: The Exit Strategy
You can get into lot of trouble, if you start things without keeping their ends in mind. It is a trait of winner to know when to stop and move on.
Part 5: UNCONVENTIONAL (DIRTY) WAR
23- Weave a Seamless Blend of Fact and Fiction: Misperception Strategies
Disguise to project the image of yours on the enemy you want. Types of deception
- The False Mirror: mirror the image of yours in the rivals mind. Show him the way he thinks you are.
- Camouflage: adopt yourself with the surrounding and create a camouflage.
- Planting information: plant false information about, but let the enemies dig deep for it.
- Shadows within shadows: try to make things wage around you, when they can’t see anything, they can’t uncover anything.
24- Take the Line of Least Expectation: The Ordinary-Extraordinary Strategy
Repeating your strategies can prove fatal. Be experimental, creative and have an element of constant change when making a plan.
25- Occupy the Moral High Ground: The Righteous Strategy
Expose them if someone you are fighting is a Hippocrates.
26- Deny Them Targets: The Strategy of the Void
Don’t give your enemy to hit upon. Make your enemy panic with the unpredictability of your attack. Your attacks should be pattern less and mostly indirect.
27- Seem to Work for the Interests of Others While Furthering Your Own: The Alliance Strategy
Make alliance with people have something to offer, you don’t already have.
28- Give your rivals enough rope to hang themselves: One-upmanship
Beware people who hate you may give you an impossible task at workplace which may ruin your reputation. Therefore avoid working with people who previously had cause you pain.
29- Take Small Bites: The Fait Accompli Strategy
Proceed towards your aim little by little. The goals shouldn’t be big enough or your rivals will see through your ultimate objective and try to put obstacles in your way.
30- Penetrate Their Minds: Communication Strategies
Things that are shown are far better communicated than those what are told. Demonstrate what you want to tell, use actions instead of words.
31- Destroy From Within: The Inner Front Strategy
If a new comer is about to join your group or organization make sure he is not a spy or a black sheep. Such people will divide your group by influencing other members and willing them on their side.
32- Dominate While Seeming to Submit: The Passive-Aggressive Strategy
People may make you do what they want, not by force but by playing with your emotions. Be cautious of people showing themselves your victim, such people may play with their guilt game on you.
33- Sow Uncertainty and Panic Through Acts of Terror: The Chain Reaction Strategy
This strategy is used by smaller groups against bigger ones. Mostly the strategy is seems to be used by terrorist.
The one using this strategy tries to make his enemy behave unreasonably in the state of panic by creating terror.