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The Book of Five Rings

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Written circa 1645, "The Book of Five Rings" is considered a classic treaty on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's "The Art of War". The author was a samurai warrior called Miyamoto Musashi and he wrote the text on his expert teachings of kenjutsu (the art of the sword) and the martial arts in general. Here, Musashi's text is interpreted for the modern day world and offers 52 simple - yet powerful - and proven techniques to help deal with conflict and can be applied to business, career and home life. Leo Gough's interpretation of Musashi's work illustrates the timeless nature of his insights by bringing them to life through modern case studies. This brilliant interpretation of "The Book of Five Rings" is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous books on military strategy ever written.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER PAGE
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. COPYRIGHT PAGE
  4. TABLE OF CONTENTS
  5. INTRODUCTION
  6. 1. GO TO THE CAPITAL
  7. 2. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
  8. 3. KEEP ON LEARNING
  9. 4. BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE
  10. 5. DON’T WASTE TIME
  11. 6. BE WELL ORGANISED BUT ADAPTABLE
  12. 7. WHEN TO CHANGE TACTICS
  13. 8. CHOOSING YOUR POSITION WITHIN THE VENUE
  14. 9. BECOME THE ENEMY
  15. 10. WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES
  16. 11. TIMING
  17. 12. INFLUENCING MOODS
  18. 13. SET THE AGENDA
  19. 14. USING THE GAZE
  20. 15. RESEARCH YOUR OPPONENT’S SITUATION
  21. 16. BE CALM AND ALERT
  22. 17. DON’T IGNORE THE DETAILS
  23. 18. DON’T HAVE A FAVOURITE WAY OF DOING THINGS
  24. 19. SUCCESS ISN’T ALWAYS DESERVED
  25. 20. USING YOUR INTUITION
  26. 21. ACT WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT
  27. 22. UNBALANCE YOUR OPPONENT
  28. 23. SPEED IS NOT ALWAYS A VIRTUE
  29. 24. GET OUT OF DEADLOCK IMMEDIATELY
  30. 25. RECOGNISING COLLAPSE
  31. 26. TIMING IN THE VOID
  32. 27. THERE’S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
  33. 28. MAKE THEM SHOW THEIR HAND
  34. 29. WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW
  35. 30. KNOW THE TIMES
  36. 31. WHY ARE YOU IN BUSINESS?
  37. 32. BE A BETTER MANAGER
  38. 33. SELECTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE
  39. 34. SEEING THROUGH DECEPTION
  40. 35. TIMING THE MARKET
  41. 36. THE TROUBLE WITH SHORT-TERMISM
  42. 37. NOTICE SMALL CHANGES
  43. 38. ATTACKING BY OVERWHELMING
  44. 39. LET YOURSELF FLOW
  45. 40. DOING THE UNEXPECTED
  46. 41. BECOMING A FACT OF LIFE
  47. 42. REMEMBER YOUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
  48. 43. DON’T HAVE TUNNEL VISION
  49. 44. WEALTH CONQUERS ALL?
  50. 45. COPING WITH THE SUBOPTIMAL
  51. 46. PLAYING DUMB
  52. 47. ON HAVING NO TEACHER
  53. 48. WHEN TO CONFRONT
  54. 49. COPING WITH DIFFERENCE
  55. 50. VISUALISATION
  56. 51. DAVID AND GOLIATH
  57. 52. MASTER THE ESSENCE
  58. INDEX