What has been the apparent favorite card for some key
A great strategist will have the capacity to draw on a wide range of possible
actions to find success. He will, however, tend to have favorites,
especially if a given strategic principle is working or has worked in their
past. Here are some leaders and their observed favorites.
A question to ask, did their strategic preference match their situation, did it
develop from the situation, or both? Also, where you have leadership
efforts that failed at the end, the failures often happened when the leaders moved
off their usual style, for whatever reason. Failing to maintain the
discipline of their strategic approach was what happened to Lee when he ordered
Pickett's Charge up the center of the Union lines and Napoleon when he forsake
advantages of maneuver at Waterloo.
Powerful people tend to figure out a strategic approach that works for them and
stick with it. If the person you study is an adversary, that can help you
determine what will be your best counterstrategy? Put another way, one of
the best known pieces of strategic advice from Sun Tzu is to know your enemy as
you know yourself. The Art of War: Sun Tzu Strategy Card Deck
provides a way to do just that.
If you are successful, then you probably also have a card you play very well.
Do you know what it is? If you have not been as successful as you would
like, then you may not have found your card or the right place to play it.
Jeff Bezos - Two of Spades
Napoleon Bonaparte - Six of Clubs
Joshua Chamberlain - Joker Red Star
Winston Churchill - Three of Clubs (among others)
Albert Einstein - 2 of Hearts
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Ten of Diamonds
Mahatma Gandhi - Joker Black Star
Bill Gates - Ten of Spades
Ulysses Grant and William Sherman - Jack of Clubs
Andy Grove - Nine of Spades
Heinz Guderian - Eight of Clubs
Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson - Five of Diamonds
Steve Jobs - Ace of Clubs
Garry Kasparov - King of Spades
John F. Kennedy - King of Diamonds
Lao Tzu - Ace of Hearts
Robert E. Lee - Ten of Clubs
Abraham Lincoln - Ace of Diamonds
Peter Lynch - King of Clubs
John Mosby - Two of Spades
Barack Obama - Five of Spades...Has been very effective until the Presidential
Debates of October 3rd. Will need to play another card...
Joel Olsteen - Seven of Hearts
Larry Page - Five of Hearts
George S. Patton - Queen of Clubs
Colin Powell - Queen of Spades
Ronald Reagan (against Soviets first term) - Six of Spades
Ronald Reagan (against Soviets second term) - Nine of Clubs
Sidney Reilly ("Ace of Spies") - King of Hearts
Manfred von Richtofen - Jack of Spades
Mitt Romney (at Bain) - Jack of Hearts
Mitt Romney at 3 OCT Presidential Debates - 10 of Clubs "Challenge your
adversary's plans with an aggressive defense that is prepared to receive him."
Good counter to a 5 of Spades used by Obama. Obama's performance shows
quite clearly the card Romney should play next.
Joseph Stalin - Ace of Spades
Sun Tzu - Jack of Diamonds
Donald Trump - Queen of Hearts
George Washington - Two of Clubs
Mark Zuckerberg - Nine of Diamonds
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