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The character – Xiang has multiple meanings, and the Chinese name is literally translatable as either “elephant’s game”, “minister game” or “image / representationally / symbolic game”

The Art of War - Xiang Qi is the ideal intervention to get the team thinking like a general on the battlefield of life. The battle is won in the mind of the opponent!

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What the team will experience?


We take teams back to world and time of Sun Tzu...

Try to imagine approximately 600 000 troops preparing for armed combat; this was the total number of troops at the battle of "Li Che", where Sun Tzu first emerged as a military strategist.

If troops got sick or wounded, they died. Some states were completely destroyed and families completely wiped out. The military commanders of this period had to master all their supply lines, enemy movements, tactics and weapons as well as deal with the natural conditions that could not be changed.

Mastering these elements dictated whether they would win or lose.

Both strategy and tactical plans were completely thought out, studied and pondered before action was taken. From the generals downward a clear focus emerged - "Know yourself and know your enemy and you shan't be defeated, even in 100 battles. Know only yourself and not your enemy and for every victory you will face defeat. Know neither yourself nor your enemy and in every battle you will succumb..."

Though combat was always the last option, every leader, general and soldier prepared for battle. These took place with swords, spears, horse drawn chariots, shields, banners and flags. Heavy equipment needed to be carried assembled / disassembled each time the army moved position.  Men left their families for months if not years to go to battle with no way of communicating with their loved ones.

Soldiers were inspired as much by the focus of their leaders as they were by their personal determination - a perseverance born of the need to survive!
 

More information on the Process


We have built a full blown military scenario based on the principles taught by Sun Tzu. It is available to run anywhere from banks of Bosphorus in Turkey to the Outback in Australia to the Sand Dunes in Namibia to Foothills of the Drakensburg.

Teams emulate each of their competitors and test dissect their strategies, increase their awareness of their assets and capabilities and compete using the principles of the Art of War.

We provide structured input at the following levels:
  1. Understanding and interpreting the Art of War
  2. Strategic Guidance
  3. Flanking Strategies and dealing with changing market conditions
  4. Using information to your advantage
  5. Raising Competence
  6. Raising Planning Acumen

This process combined with an amazing array of war games using quad bikes, archery, paintball and clay pigeon challenges provides for an extremely potent learning experience that makes it easy to learn the principles and then apply them to everyday work and market interaction.
 

Why Use Art of War?


Today, in the fast paced world we live in, some 2 600 years on from the Sun Tzu era, organisations face the same life-threatening environment. We may not lose our lives but our sustainable growth is just as much under threat. So the challenges we face are as severe as those of Sun Tzu's troops.

If our team fails to meet targets, we come under pressure. Managers should be masters at motivating teams, providing support and ensuring that their teams are well trained and resourced.

Team members should be able to rely on their superior communication skills, tactical thinking and natural creativity to find prospects, evangelise and close deals. Mastering these skills, in the face of competition from rivals, legislation, economic, labour and social demands, in an environment where buyers are better trained, better informed and have a multiplicity of choice, is the battlefield of the day!

Though attacking rivals is never good business sense nor is it a mark of professionalism, preparing to meet competition for the business is a necessary part of survival.

That's why it is so important to take Sun Tzu's words to heart: "Know your strengths and weaknesses and those of your organisation; know your prospects and clients and know your competitors and you will not lose any sales battles. The lack of awareness of any of these elements places you in danger of losing the business and the opportunity..."

You can not rely on products and services for their success. You can not expect loyalty from supporting clients who are constantly being bombarded with attractive offers from rivals. You can only sharpen your skills, make the paradigm shift from being tactical "foot soldiers" to strategic leaders. And you can win. Book the Art of War - Xiang Qi for your team today.
 

Specifications, Objectives and Outcomes

Xiang Qi detailed Specifications:

The target group's needs are to:
  • Effectively plan and execute
  • Become more involved and participate in the activities of moving the company forward
  • Get behind the brand and actively support it
  • Enhance their ability to work together in a constructive manner
  • Focus on their strengths and target sales

The focus areas are on:

  • Executing a plan
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Honing individual skill to bring a goal to reality
  • Enhancing organisational skill
  • Identifying those individuals in the team who have leadership potential
  • A deeper understanding for dealing with competitors
  • Strength through strategy

Added features that come forth are:

  • Understanding of and confidence in the brand
  • An extreme sense of accomplishment restoring or establishing confidence in the group
  • An understanding of creating large impact with a focused target but minimal effort

Included and Excluded in Core Costing

Included in Xiang Qi:

  • Professional process facilitation
  • Professional technical facilitation and support
  • Professional facilitated feedback session
  • All equipment needed for Xiang Qi

Excluded in Xiang Qi:

  • Technical equipment required - data projector, sound equipment etc.
  • All venue hire and venue-related costs such as meals and refreshments
  • Additional DVD copies of the movies @ R100.00 each excl. VAT.  (To be delivered 14 days after the intervention)
  • Refreshments and meals for our facilitators
  • Accommodation for our facilitators if required
  • Flights and car rental if required
  • Travel costs @ R5.00 / km

 

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