Gary Gagliardi

Napoleon and Sun Tzu by Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

A reader writes:

Your web-page states that Napoleon made use of "The Art of War". I spent eight years studying Napoleon's early career, and never discovered a single piece of evidence to show this. On the other hand, it is quite clear that he made use of the writings of the great French strategist, Pierre Bourcet, as well as those of the Chevalier Du Teil, among others. Napoleon didn't really need to read "The Art of War" because European writings contained all that he needed to develop into a great general. Yours, Martin BB.

The competitive environment creates all our opportunities for us by Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

To understand opportunities, we first have to understand that we can only take advantage of opportunities created by the forces within our competitive environment. In strategy, "an advantage" means a position that is favored by the forces in the environment. An opportunity is an opening that allows us to move into a position of advantages.

Misconceptions about Sun Tzu and Good Strategy by Gary Gagliardi

This article about the current financial crisis brilliant summarizes the skepticism about Sun Tzu in this quote from Lorelei Gilmore, a fictional character on the long-running “Gilmore Girls” sitcom:

“It’s a classic Sun Tzu ‘Art of War’ maneuver. If you’re being attacked from the east, attack whoever’s to your west, and you were the west. I never read the book. It’s full of crap like that.”

On linear Education by Gary Gagliardi of The Science of Strategy Institute

Note: This article is inspired by the work of Maj. Donald E. Vandergriff's in his book, Raising the Bar, Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War.)

The original concepts of traditional strategy were not so much forgotten as buried. We think of strategy today as planning because linear thinking is what we have been taught for several generations in school.  This didn't happen by accident.

Strategy for a Networked World by Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

An understanding of the strategic decision making grows more important everywhere every day both for individuals and at every level of every organization. Globalization and the communication revolution are reshaping how we work and how we relate to one another. Our world is emerging the industrial age into the information age world. The industrial world was defined by hierarchical organizations and preplanned processes. The networked world is defined by interconnected organizations and adaptive processes.

The Different Concepts of Time in Competition and Organization by Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

Something I attempt to explain in my programs TIME as it relates to Planning for possible critical incidents and day to day operations (time is plenty and risk is low) and TIME as it relates to in the moment decision making based on a rapidly unfolding situation (time is short and risk is high). Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute explains this concept perfectly.


Today's Need for Strategic Skills: Science of Strategy Institute

A great article from the Science of Strategy Institutes founder and leader Gary Gagliardi. Short and to the point on how strategy and Sun Tzu’s Adaptive Response System helps in all aspects of our lives personally and professionally.


October 13, 2008 - 9:12am — GaryGagliardi

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