Summary of Sun Tzu for Women

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In a new spin on an oft-studied classic, marketer and martial arts practitioner Becky Sheetz-Runkle reinterprets Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for women in the workplace. The ancient Chinese warrior and military strategist penned the masterpiece about 2,500 years ago, but many business experts believe its precepts are as relevant in today’s corporate environment as they were on ancient Chinese battlefields. Sheetz-Runkle extrapolates business lessons from Sun Tzu’s maxims to help women build on their attributes, overcome obstacles and forward their careers. The book relies heavily on excerpts from the classic, along with the author’s own pithy advice and stories of today’s women who are the working world’s modern generals. While much of the book’s counsel is pretty well worn, getAbstract recommends women read this book to fortify themselves as they do battle in the corporate combat zone.

About the Author

Becky Sheetz-Runkle is a technology marketing professional and a martial arts expert.



“Woman Warrior”

Women in business share similar strengths and common weaknesses. In general, women in leadership positions are intuitive, empathetic, creative, caring and sensitive. They encourage teamwork and collaboration, and they build relationships. But as a group, women also stumble over many of the same hurdles, which are:

  • An aversion to conflict.
  • Confusion about when to persist and when to acquiesce.
  • A belief that imitating male business behaviors will lead to success.
  • A reluctance to ask for what they need and deserve.
  • A fear of aiming for their highest aspirations.
  • Concern about others perceiving them as cold, tough or aggressive.
  • A disinclination to venture outside the familiar.
  • Trouble managing distractions from other aspects of their lives.

Your first battle occurs in your own heart and mind. If you nurture an “indomitable spirit,” you’ll be able to overcome any obstacle or thwart any attack. This desire to succeed lies at the core of Sun Tzu’s military strategy. Your passion for your work provides the fuel for an unconquerable soul, giving you the energy and stamina you need to remain...

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