Chapter 7 - Manoeuvring an Army | The Art of War by Sun Tzu

1. Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign.

Subutai, was Genghis Khan’s most astute and brilliant general. His great discipline and intelligence when carrying out his ruler’s orders allowed him to execute them successfully and help the Mongols create one of the largest empires in history.

Set goals and aspirations that are achievable; allow others to use their expertise to advance the strategy to achieve your intended objectives.

2. Having collected an army and concentrated his forces, he must blend and harmonise the different elements thereof before pitching his camp.

Miltiades the Athenian general used innovative tactics at the Battle of Marathon to defeat the Persians, despite his men being outnumbered.

Miltiades convinced his war-ruler that to defeat their opponent, they needed to change from the traditional tactics of spreading their hoplite soldiers evenly across the battlefield and instead move them to the flanks to protect against the strong Persian cavalry. This move helped win the battle for the Greeks.

When deciding where to position your best people, there is no magic formula. The choice can be critical but is dependent on your strategy and the manoeuvres you intend to make.