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Sun Tzu's Pattern of Power, The Art of War Organized for Decision Making (Required for Strategy and Competitiveness coursework) [Kindle Edition]

Brace E. Barber , Art Jacobs , Lionel Giles
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The proper and effective application of Sun Tzu's The Art of War for strategy and competitiveness was a guessing game prior to Sun Tzu’s Pattern of Power. It is impossible for a reader to determine priorities and suggested actions from any other work.

Sun Tzu’s Pattern of Power goes beyond expectation by providing hand-in-glove connectivity with the Full-Spectrum Decision Making Process (FSDMP), a derivative of military’s multi-criteria decision-making process (MCDMP). The FSDMP is a structured approach to creating innovative solutions to complex, information-rich and multi-objective problems. More importantly, it is a system that can be fully exploited with a pencil and paper by leaders at all levels.

By reading Sun Tzu's Pattern of Power, you will take a quantum leap in your strategic IQ. You will leave the hit-or-miss process of success behind and join the rare group that occupies the high ground looking down on the masses.

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  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Patrol Leader Press, Inc.; I edition (January 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HZXVTQ
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The first thing to note about Brace E Barber is his very successful 11 year military career as a West Point graduated officer. This was a tipping point for me to purchase his version of Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' because this gave Brace Barber credibility with me on the subject; without credibility - nothing can happen!.

Since his successful military career I also noted that Brace had developed a distinctive business career which was proof enough for me that his methods and applications were developed in not one, but two fields requiring high level strategy/planning and execution. In business the 'war without weapons' requires planning and decision making processes that are vitally necessary for your critical start-up phase and then for the sustainability of overall success.

I guess the thing that delighted me most after my purchase was my discovery of the planning and decision making tools Brace Barber puts into your hands while showing the reader how to conceptualize their use via the 'The Art of War' emblematic theme.

In conclusion, I have found Brace Barber's book to be highly useful providing new insights into how to conduct and commit to planning and the decision making process through deep understanding and visualization of the problem, the planning of the steps and their timely execution, and the end goal to be achieved. This can be a repeatable process for different goals and problem-solving or similar problems with different contexts.

I highly recommend readers of this review to purchase and use Brace E Barber's book 'Sun Tzu's Pattern of Power' (The Art of War) Organized for Decision Making - if you do, you'll never stopping thanking me for the recommendation
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Brace Barber has done a fantastic job of merging philosophy with process in The Pattern of Power,The Art of War Organized for Decision Making. With this work, any decision maker can now apply the Full Spectrum Decision Making Process (FSDMP) to the philosophical teachings of Sun Tzu. Until now, a leader could only pull random bits of wisdom from Sun Tzu's work. Barber has ordered Sun Tzu's work to fit any problem the 21st century might possibly offer.

As one who has worked in the aerospace business for over twenty years and entrepreneured for 10, I can see the applications in every possible business scenario. As Barber points out, using this process, you will be able to:

- See what others cannot see
- Handle massive amounts of information
- Make the complex understandable
- Be decisive
- Effectively engage the imagination
- Lead and communicate with a team

Any leaders who ignore this terrific work do so at their peril. Brace Barber understands that competition is a reality. It exists whether you recognize it or not. If you want to achieve "Supreme Excellence," order this book immediately. Used properly, this process cannot fail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential for leaders (and anyone else with a goal) April 30, 2011
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West Point graduate and leadership expert Brace Barber has internalized Sun Tzu's famous _Art of War_ and organized it for the 21st century reader into a coherent and functional tool. Taking Sun Tzu's own organizing principles, he has created a framework that leaders can use during planning and execution, and then grouped Sun Tzu's sayings into the appropriate places of that framework. Throughout, he extracts the important concepts that Sun Tzu conveys and brings them into modern settings so that they can be applied in business situations as well as modern military missions.

This book should be required reading for business executives and military leaders, but also for anyone who has a goal and wants to apply the time-tested wisdom of Sun Tzu to his efforts to plan for that goal and then execute the plan to reach it. CEOs should read it and then buy a copy for each member of their board of directors.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the way that the author draws parallels to the modern military decision-making process, which has evolved to a very high degree of functionality through the experiences of countless training and combat situations over the past several decades. Notably, it has evolved to a structure that harmonizes very well with the principles penned by Sun Tzu somewhere between 500 BC and 200 BC! _Sun Tzu's Pattern of Power_ describes these parallels. As well, the text contains the entire original of Sun Tzu's _Art of War_ translated into English.

Brace Barber has also written a successful series of books applying the lessons of Ranger School, the US Army's premiere leadership school, and has served as a CEO in a defense-related technology company. He brings a unique set of personal experiences to his examination of this ancient text, and has done readers a valuable service by sharing it with them.
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