Napoleonic Way

Napoleon Bonaparte’s (1769 –1821) Superior mind was unique – His thinking was fluid, creative and subtle.  Napoleon didn’t conceive terms in black and white, defence or offence. 
Defence is not exclusive from offence – They are inextricably linked.

A rapid, powerful transition to the attack – the glinting sword of vengeance is the most brilliant moment of defense – Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)


Positions orchestra 

  • Defensive
    • Disguise 
      • Offensive manoeuvre  
      • Counter-Attacks
  • Offensive
    • Maneuver 
      • Defending weak position


If you went in search of it, you would not find the boundaries of it, though you traveled every road – so deep is its measure… Heraclitus (500BC)


.. Enters a labyrinth. [Then] Multiplies by a thousand the dangers already inherent in the very act of living, not the least of which is the fact that no one with eyes will see how and where gets lost and lonely and is torn limb from limb by some cave-Minotaur of conscience.
– Nietzche (1844-1900)


Napoleon fused the defence and offence together by setting up traps. To alter the psychological dynamics, not just the physical, we need to switch suddenly into the offensive – the counterattack.

When the enemy finds itself in a predicament and wants to engage us in a decisive battle, wait – The wiles of war – 36 military strategies from Ancient China

The spirit of the attacking army crumbles by suddenly turning defensive. 

When its advantageous for the enemy, but not for us to fight, wait 


Bad approaches

  • Predictable
  • Desperate pushes 
    • Charging targets to get what we want
    • Creation of enemies  
    • Risky 
      • Rash actions 
      • loss of control over self-behaviors 
  • Constant defensiveness 
    • Backs us to a corner


  It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it, even with the best right, but without being OBLIGED to do so, proves that he is probably not only strong but also daring beyond measure – Nietzche(1844-1900)


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