The Book of Five Rings for Executives: Musashi's Classic Book of Competitive Tactics

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Applying the classic secrets of competitive dominance to today's business challenges, The Book of Five Rings for Executives provides a powerful and practicle approach to gaining an edge in marketing, innovation, or negotiation in the workplace.

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The Book of Five Rings for Executives, by international management consultant Donald G. Krause, is his third volume on classic battle philosophies that can help today's businesspeople compete more effectively. Based on an epic five-part letter to students written in 1643 by legendary samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, the book has enthusiastically transplanted long-revered instructions in the martial arts from the Eastern battlefield to the Western boardroom. Musashi's stirring but difficult original treatise on "achieving competitive dominance" is given a more digestible update here by Krause, who shrewdly reorients its fundamental "five rings" into a set of seven practical principles centered on the requisite modern traits of preparation, discipline, skill, and fluidity. Along the way, he demonstrates how historical leaders such as George Washington and Lawrence of Arabia, in addition to contemporaries like Bill Gates and Howard Schultz, have embraced Musashi's ideas. The combination ultimately creates, as Krause explains, "a competitive sword which is capable of winning in all phases of business." --Howard Rothman

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Those who see the business world or the negotiating table as a battlefield frequently cite the works of ancient Chinese military expert Sun-Tzu and Italian philosopher Machiavelli. Less widely known is Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, but his seventeenth-century classic, The Book of Five Rings, outlining tactics and strategy, has similarly been applied. Krause has already adapted Sun-Tzu's The Art of War and the works of Confucius for business managers. Now he summarizes Musashi's seven principles of competitive success and shows how Japanese industry as well as such American business leaders as Donald Trump and Starbucks' Howard Schultz have used these principles to their advantage. Krause eschews several excellent literal translations of Musashi's work, suggesting that specific Japanese historical and cultural details make modern application difficult. Instead, he offers this "reinterpretation." And, though Musashi and Sun-Tzu were writing about a way of life, not how Donald Trump might swing a better real-estate deal, there are a lot of would-be Trumps out there who will ask for this book. David Rouse

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