Sun Tzu

John Boyd

Simon Wardley

THE ART OF STRATEGY
Steps Towards Business Agility
On Situational Awareness
OODA "Loops"
Wardley Maps

Interpreted and Compiled by Erik Schön

Paperback

With extended glossary and extensive index in
high-quality colour 

For readers in the US

For readers in Europe

E-Reader

With extended glossary and extensive index

Amazon Kindle Reader
Google Play Books 

Screen

With extended glossary, extensive index and hyperlinks

Leanpub

Web

Medium articles
13 chapters
5-10 min read each

Presentation

Seeing Around Corners

Blog post, 10 min read
Slide deck, 26 pages


Videos

58 min interview by Markus Andrezak
on the Strategie Machen podcast
July 1, 2020, 60 min

18 min interview by Jørn Larsen
for the GOTO Book Club
June 22, 2020

Blogpost

31 min interview by Barry Bettman 
on the Business Agility podcast
September 4, 2019

46 min keynote
at the Agile Leadership conference
March 13, 2019
Slidedeck


SUMMARY

What is strategy?
Why do you need it?

How do you do it?

And, how can you be certain to succeed?


The Art of Strategy provides timeless answers to these eternal questions.
It is a short introduction to strategy through the insights of three successful strategists: Sun Tzu, John Boyd and Simon Wardley. It is a modern interpretation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War - the strategy classic written in China around 500 BC - using the lenses of Boyd (OODA "loop" inventor) and Wardley (Wardley Map inventor) who were both influenced by Sun Tzu.

 

Each chapter gently transforms The Art of War into a modern business setting and includes material from Boyd and Wardley in separate sections to complement and clarify Sun Tzu's terse, poetic text. The idea is to serve strategy in 13 short chapters requiring 5-10 minutes reading time each. An extensive glossary is included since many Chinese concepts are purposefully abstract and ambiguous.

 

You will discover new thinking patterns, e.g. OODA "loops" and situational awareness, as well as visualization tools like Wardley Maps that will help your organization sustainably thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world where the rate of change will never be slower than today. You will also improve your understanding of the (geo)political gameplays used by Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xí Jìnpíng who are all inspired by Sun Tzu.

Reviews

"The Art of Strategy is condensed knowledge that all managers, agile coaches and other leaders should have. This is three thinkers from very different contexts. But as Erik has put it, with similarities and differences topic by topic, a fourth voice appears. That voice belongs to the interaction between the three narrators and it gives as much value to me as a reader as the other three voices do." Staffan Nöteberg, author of Monotasking

 

"I like the layout & style, 'let the ideas speak for themselves'." @frescoseco on Twitter

 

"THE summary and independent look on modern strategy right now!!!"
Markus Andrezak, Founder and Managing Partner at überprodukt

 

"A great resource for anyone into effective strategy. As a fan of Wardley Mapping and have written about it myself previously I find this book is a great resource that ties in Sun Tzu and Boyd as I have been looking for a hardback that covers these elements of strategy. Many thanks Erik for bringing this book out!"
Aidan Molloy, Senior Product Manager at Workday

Writer

Erik Schön is an executive and strategist who has successfully developed and deployed strategy for over 20 years in small, medium and large organizations. Hacker turned software researcher turned system engineer turned manager and leader turned navigator, speaker and writer, Erik has led large, global R&D organizations in complex product development.