My Favorite Business Book
Early in my telecommunications career I was in need of a text file to transfer back and forth to determine the speed of the transfer and if the file got corrupted during the transfer. I found a text file, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. The test was successful. As I scanned the results for errors I became interested in the book and eventually read it several times.
Sun Tzu wrote the book on how to conduct war back in ancient times long before airplanes and modern weapons. The book has applications in business and if you change the word war to business and the word enemy to vendor and so on, it makes perfect sense.
Sun Tzu talks about not going into war without a Plan B. In business you should never go into a business meeting without a Plan B. When I went to an important business meeting, I had a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C. Often these were designs or different ways to do something. Many times people were amazed how I could come up with the right answer so often. I never told them I had two wrong answers, I just put the wrong answers in the gadget that cut them into little pieces after the meeting.
That is is one of Sun Tuz's principles. There are many more in the book. I also found out that the book is required reading at most Military Academies and has been re-written as "The Art of Business" and is often assigned reading for MBA students.
The book is easy to read, but should be read several times to grasp all the details.
HTML Version HERE - No page separation
MS Word Version HERE - Easy to print and easier to read- about 100 Pages
Note - It is translated from the Chinese and MS Word will show errors, they are not errors and the document will print correctly and look fine.