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Why Retreat?: Tactics

There are many reasons why partial and complete, apparent and actual retreats can be of vital strategic importance.

Here are some elemental tactical reasons for Retreating:

Study the above list and then take a look at Why Advance?: Tactics. Advance and retreat are conceptual opposites. Try and develop both lists and see how the lists mirror each other. This will help you to build complete non-arbitary lists so that no tactical concept is missed.

*Retreat* is a universal tactic that often receives negative inner bias. Many people come to believe that retreat may be dishonourable and imply cowardice etc so they end up with a distorted view of the universal tactical matrix. Advance and retreat are conceptual equals and by loving and accepting both possibilities within ourselves equally we become free to act in the correct way. This is explained in more detail in the Martial Meditations article.

Technically when we punch: the outward motion of our hand is an *advance* and the returning motion of our hand is a *retreat*. So retreat does not necessarily mean that we are defeated etc. The retreat concept applies to a wide range of actions and situations and we should strive to fully understand it.

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Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era)
by Robert G. TannerSearch for Robert G. Tanner
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Did Confederate armies attack too often for their own good? Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder? Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well-laid ambushes in Alabama's sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas?

These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since Appomattox. Many have come to believe that the South might have won the Civil War if it had only avoided head-on battles, conducted an aggressive guerrilla campaign, and maneuvered across wide swaths of territory to exhaust the Union's willingness to continue the war. Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered challenges this widely held theory. Robert G. Tanner argues that deep retreats and battle avoidance (the strategy of maneuver rather than combat) were not available to Southern leaders in planning their wartime strategy. The South fought as it did for valid reasons, according to Tanner, and this book examines these reasons in detail, including the South's need to protect its slave-based economy, to establish a state's rights-oriented government, and to win independence from the Union. Tanner uses Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War as a means for evaluating Confederate actions. On War provides a single measure for testing claims that the South could have prevailed by avoiding battles and forcing the Union to hold large tracts of land.

Provocative and carefully researched, Retreat to Victory offers a fresh perspective on Confederate strategy and makes an important contribution to the field that no serious student of American history will want to miss.
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Retreats That Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites
by Merianne Liteman, Sheila Campbell, Jeffrey Liteman
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Based on the best-selling first edition, this greatly expanded and updated version contains forty-seven new activities, more information about how to design and lead retreats, and additional suggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROM allows you to print out chapters for distribution to key leaders, duplicate templates, and produce handouts for specific exercises. Whether you're planning to lead an offsite retreat for the first time or the ninety-ninth time, this easy-to-use, one-stop resource provides: * Step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises. * Insight into establishing effective working relationships with clients. * Information on what to include in your retreat designs. * Suggestions for encouraging participants to speak up and play an active role. * Tools for managing conflict. * Guidance on making decisions during a retreat and changing course when necessary. * Strategies for developing and implementing action plans. * Tips for follow-up so you can keep the change train on track. Order your copy of this practical guide today!
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Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters
by Richard RumeltSearch for Richard Rumelt
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Kellogg on Strategy : Concepts, Tools, and Frameworks for Practitioners
by David Dranove, Sonia Marciano
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Written for business executives and MBA students, Kellogg on Strategy is a practical guide to choosing the right strategy for your business and applying it correctly. Rather than covering the basics of strategy, this expert guide shows you how to use strategy effectively so your business can succeed. You'll learn to analyze your current competitive position, develop the perfect strategy to match your goals, and apply that strategy thoughtfully and effectively. Inside, you'll find expert guidance on: Measuring your firm's competitive advantage Analyzing opportunities and threats in your industry Responding to a competitor's strategy and pricing Coping with entry into new markets Positioning your firm against the competition Developing a sustainable, long-term competitive advantage And much more
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Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution
by Robert SimonsSearch for Robert Simons
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To stay ahead of the pack, you must translate your organization's competitive strategy into day-to-day actions that will enable your company to win in the marketplace. This means channeling resources into the right efforts, striking a balance between innovation and control, and getting everyone pulling in the same direction.

How to accomplish all this? Continually ask the right questions, advises Harvard Business School professor Robert Simons. By posing these provocative questions, you identify critical gaps in your strategy execution processes, focus on the most important choices you must make, and understand what's at stake in each one.

In this concise guide, Simons presents the seven key questions you and your team must regularly explore together:

·Who is your primary customer? Have you organized your company to deliver maximum value to that customer?

·How do your core values prioritize shareholders, employees, and customers? Is everyone in your company committed to those values?

·What critical performance variables are you tracking? How are you creating accountability for performance on those variables?

·What strategic boundaries have you set? Does everyone know what actions are off-limits?

·How are you generating creative tension? Is that tension catalyzing innovation across units?

·How committed are your employees to helping each other? Are they sharing responsibility for your company?s success?

·What strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night? How are you riveting everyone's attention on those uncertainties?

These questions force you to reexamine the unspoken assumptions underlying your strategy and analyze how it's implemented through your business processes and structures. Simons' extensive examples then help you understand your options and make the tough choices needed for your company to excel at execution.

Drawing on decades of research into performance management systems and organization design, Seven Strategy Questions is a no-nonsense, must-read resource for all leaders in your organization.

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The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense
by Ragnar BensonSearch for Ragnar Benson
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Win the battles of defending your retreat by avoiding them! Learn how to harden your city or rural refuge by locating it well and disguising it. "The best defense is obscurity, unobtrusiveness and silence," Benson writes. Chapters are Who Is the Enemy?, What If It Comes to a Fight?, Beyond Firepower and more.
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Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions, And The Creation Of Wealth
by Joel Litman, Mark L. Frigo
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Authored by Dr. Mark L. Frigo and Joel Litman. DRIVEN: If we can better understand how the success or failure of a business is driven by its plans and actions, then we can greatly improve how we run our businesses and value companies. DRIVEN is about RETURN DRIVEN STRATEGY, a framework for business analysis and planning prioritization and the culmination of a ten-year research project studying and categorizing the root causes of thousands of businesses that have succeeded, failed, or remained in mediocrity. The underlying research covers up to 30 or more years of firm performance. DRIVEN includes explanations, diagnostics, and case studies. Chapters are ordered consistently with the Return Driven Strategy framework, making DRIVEN a valuable guide for ongoing reference as well as an interesting and enlightening read.
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Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842
by Patrick MacrorySearch for Patrick Macrory
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Using letters and journals, McRory recreated a gripping account of the First Afghan War, which ended when the British fled in defeat, at the cost of 16,000 lives, slaughtered by Afghans in one week. In 1842 Britain still controlled India, and sought to prevent the encroachment of Russians or Persians by installing a collaborating king on the Afghan throne. The British authorities were murdered, angry mobs rode through Kabul, forcing 16,000 British soldiers and ex-patriots to flee (including many women and children). Only one survived the ninety mile trek to a safe garrison. This is a devastating tale of how the world's greatest military power learned unimaginable lessons about the iron resistance of Afghanistan to foreign occupants. It has a faint echo of familiarity and timelessness, in a world that is once again familiar with the determination of Afghan autonomy. Unavailable for several years, this is now the only edition available of RETREAT FROM KABUL.
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The 33 Strategies of War
by Robert GreeneSearch for Robert Greene
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Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war?and the subtle social game of everyday life?by the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery

Robert Greene?s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. In The 33 Strategies of War, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series.

Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene?s trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu?s The Art of War.

Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life?s wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm, and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable book, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.

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Retreat From Rostov Part Three
by Paul HughesSearch for Paul Hughes

This book is Part Three of Three Parts that collectively tell the story of thirty-four days in late 1941 which saw armies of Adolf Hitler defeated for the first time, at Rostov in the North Caucasus.

Its characters?with the obvious exceptions of Stalin, Hitler, Timoshenko, von Kleist, and others equally well known to fame?are fictional. But its historical matters, military movements, communiqués, and the like, are authentic.

Originally published in 1943 as a nearly 600-page war novel by Random House, it was dedicated by Paul Hughes ?in worshipful humility, to the Russian people, who, without drama and without complaint, are shedding their blood so copiously in defense of their land.?

Within one week the advance printing of 15,000 books was sold out, and Random House immediately ordered the next printing. Critics hailed it as one of the best war stories to be written while World War II raged. Three generations later this amazing treasure trove of memorable characters drawn from the fertile mind of Paul Hughes continues to fascinate those who read it.

It is an amazing array of multi-faceted word pictures of male and female characters that the reader will not soon forget. It was soap opera on a grand scale before soaps took over day-time television.

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