Strategic Action

Alternative Titles:  Strategic Advantage, Pure Strategy, Strategy of Strategy



The essence of winning can be distilled from principles common to all successful human action.  Of many actions open for study, two are highly important:  competition and cooperation.  Studying competition yields insights on winning in fights for rights or interests.  Studying cooperation brings skill at winning in groups with shared goals.  To study these subjects you can read the books of the master theorists from Sun Tzu, through Machiavelli and Clausewitz, to Druker and Deming.  You can also ready about the master practitioners from Ulysses, through Napoleon and Lee, to Perot and Reagan.  To aid you in such study, this “philosophy of strategy” tries to consolidate, integrate, and improve upon the works of these master strategists.  Distilling the essence of competition and cooperation, it imparts the universal rules of winning, those simple yet critical formulas which change a situation to your advantage.  It also crystallizes the powerful general life, business, games, sports, politics, martial arts, or war.  In presenting many new discoveries for winning, the work helps change strategy from an art to a science.  In doing so, it provides almost any interested student with the pure power of strategy.

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION... Definition of Strategy, Problem Solving.
COMPETITION... Situational Environment, Competitors,
Intelligence, Strategizing,
Deception, Goals, Efficient Pursuit, Encounters and Probes,
Division of Forces, Lure, Sacrifice,
Distraction, Dispersion, Combinations, Indirect Approach, Pivot,
Efficiency, Attack Maxims, Defense,
Self-defense, Area Defense, Formations, Defense Maxims,
Application, Advice, Competitive
COOPERATION... Needs, Direction, Tests, Loyalty, Structure,
Rules, Ethics, Cooperative Summary.
STRATEGIC ASPECTS...Definitions, Symbology, Rules of Thumb.

No other work has put more time-tested "power tools" into such clear language. Use it to become a
successful general, general manager, or contributor at any level.  Helping you win in just one situation
makes it easily worth the price.

$20 ppd   Latest revision 12 Jan 2004

About the author

William J. Bahr is VP of IBEX Systems, a telecommunications manufacturers’ representative and reseller firm, which he helped found in 1992.  A graduate of West Point, Bill served five years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, collecting three master’s degrees and working in Germany, Cambodia (the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh), and Korea before moving into commercial telecommunications business involving semiconductors, subsystems, and systems marketing, as well as communications management.  He has held marketing/sales directorships at Harris, Spartan, Rockwell, and Motorola and has written books and numerous magazine articles on academic, technical, and business-related subjects.  His work helped spark the revolution in facsimile machines.  In fact, if you have used a FAX, PC modem, or telephone, you have probably used one of his many products.  Numerous publications, including “Newsweek” and “The Washington Post,” have mentioned his work.  The prestigious magazine “Electronic Business” headlined one of his product developments as a "Secret Success Story."  The American Management Association heralded this same effort as doing business "Japanese-style to beat the Japanese at their own game."  A number of his other products have also received industry "Product of the Year" awards.  In addition to memberships and leadership positions in several professional groups, Bill is an active participant in Rotary International, where he has held office as club president and assistant district governor.  He is also a proud member of the VFW and CHARACTER COUNTS!, among other community service organizations.

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