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SCOUTING AND PREPARATION Out-thinking Your Opponents

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© February, 2010

by Bruce Reynolds
Former Head Football Coach, William Penn High School, New Castle (DE)

A key principle to success is preparation. Henry Ford said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.” Preparation starts with doing your homework – scouting. While teaching a military history class, I came across the famous Chinese military strategist and general, Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu wrote the still relevant book The Art of War, circa 512 B.C. He didn’t coach football, but he could have. His military strategy philosophies are certainly  applicable. The one that caught my attention was this famous saying: “So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win a hundred times in a hundred battles. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you win one and lose the next. If you do not know yourself or your enemy, you will always lose.”

    Sun Tzu applied this philosophy to war. Every business person however, whether he or she knows it or not, has made use of his strategies. A good example is ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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