Why Chinese Military Experience Became Universal and Applicable in Business: Understanding Strategy and Its Importance. These and other topics were discussed on July 29th at the Odessa WEartMuseum during a joint event organized by the Wave ’91 and UCU Business School, focusing on the use of military art in business.
Sergey Lesnyak and Andriy Rozhdestvensky, professors at the UCU Business School, elaborated on the theme, sharing insights on the following points:
- Sun Tzu’s strategic treatise is fundamental to Eastern countries and studying such treatises is a tribute to Chinese culture. Whether it is relevant in modern business remains an open question.
- Each business must determine for itself whether it is willing to adopt strategic methods.
- The Chinese business model might not work for everyone due to cultural differences, so each country needs to devise its own strategic path.
Additionally, they addressed the timeless question of how to be a true leader in times of crisis:
- A leader is someone who is transparent and shows things as they are without hiding anything.
- Leadership skills can be learned, and as one progresses in leadership, it becomes more about learned behavior than genetic traits.
- The two main functions of a leader are creating an atmosphere where people can grow and fostering trust within the company.
As a reminder, the speakers were:
- Serhii Lesnyak: An historian of Eastern philosophy, professor at the UCU Business School, entrepreneur, and the first translator of “The Art of War” treatise from ancient Chinese to Ukrainian.
- Andriy Rozhdestvensky: professor at the UCU Business School, Executive Director of the Center for Leadership of UCU, and a business consultant.
The event was organized by Wave ’91, a charitable foundation that supports the defense of Ukrainian identity through charitable and cultural endeavors.
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