The Art of War for Security Managers

10 Steps to Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness


  • Scott Watson, Principal Consultant and CEO of S.A. Watson & Associates LLC, Dover, NH, USA

The classic book The Art of War (or as it is sometimes translated, The Art of Strategy) by Sun Tzu is often used to illustrate principles that can apply to the management of business environments. The Art of War for Security Managers is the first book to apply the time-honored principles of Sun Tzu’s theories of conflict to contemporary organizational security.Corporate leaders have a responsibility to make rational choices that maximize return on investment. The author posits that while conflict is inevitable, it need not be costly. The result is an efficient framework for understanding and dealing with conflict while minimizing costly protracted battles, focusing specifically on the crucial tasks a security manager must carry out in a 21st century organization.
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Public and private Security Directors, Security Managers and Security Supervisors. Risk Managers, Risk Analysts and Facility Managers (with security responsibilities. Business Continuity Professionals and Emergency Management Professionals.


Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7985-5


"Following a number of authors who have adopted Sun Tzu's The Art of Wat to modern-day business "battlefields," Scott A. Watson, CPP, CFE, has applied the strategist's 2,5000-year old wisdom to the job professional security manager." "Watson divides his application of Sun Tzu into ten basic areas, demonstrating how to reapply advice origianlly intended for Chinese generals of antiquity." "Security professionals who aspire to leadership roles will find much to consider in The Art of War for Security Managers." Security Management, Brent Campbell

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to The Art of War Chapter 2: Be a Leader!Chapter 3: Accepting the Inevitability of ConflictChapter 4: Know Yourself and Know Your EnemyChapter 5: Strategic AssessmentsChapter 6: Remember What is Really ImportantChapter 7: Engage the EnemyChapter 8: Maneuver Your ArmyChapter 9: Adapt to the BattlefieldChapter 10: Avoid PredictabilityChapter 11: Collect IntelligenceChapter 12: The Art of War & Homeland SecurityAppendix: The Armory