Here are Master Sun's 5 ways of know who will will from The Art of War:
- THOSE WHO KNOW WHEN TO FIGHT AND WHEN NOT TO FIGHT ARE VICTORIOUS. Prioritize.
- THOSE WHO DISCERN WHEN TO USE MANY OR FEW TROOPS ARE VICTORIOUS. Allocate.
- THOSE WHOSE UPPER AND LOWER RANKS HAVE THE SAME DESIRE ARE VICTORIOUS. Align.
- THOSE WHO FACE THE UNPREPARED WITH PREPARATION ARE VICTORIOUS. Plan.
- THOSE WHOSE GENERALS ARE ABLE AND ARE NOT CONSTRAINED BY THEIR GOVERNMENTS ARE VICTORIOUS. Empower.
As you can see from their corresponding modern management principles, they still apply today. What would you add to the list?