LIU BOWEN’S 100 TACTICS #6 – ELITE FORCES

The chapter under Elite Forces talk about selecting only the best for your vanguard. The goal is to match your opponent one-for-one and take down their team.

Liu BoWen’s 100 Tactics states: ‘Whenever engaging in combat with an enemy, you must select courageous generals and fierce troops, forming them into an advance front. This will strengthen their resolve and supress the enemy.’

There is a similar chapter in the Art of War: ‘An army that lacks a properly selected vanguard is termed ‘routed’.’

Of course, as their employer, you would know your staff’s strengths well. But a Qi Men Dun Jia chart can offer a way to validate your choice. This is a way to assess, that given a particular situation, whom would be the most suitable person to lead your vanguard.

In Qi Men Warcraft, the Three Nobles – Yi (乙), Bing (丙), and Ding (丁) – represent the three types of skillsets required in warfare:

* Yi (乙) is the Strategist

* Bing (丙) represents your power base, your Network and Allies

* Ding (丁) represents your Manager and Executive

In any given situation, the qualities for each of the above, is assessed by examining the  various components in the residing palace.

In the hypothetical example given below, the Manager (represented by Ding) would be the better choice. The Strategist (represented by the Yi) is sitting with the Fear Door, not a very good sign while the Allies (represented by the Bing), is hidden behind the Delusion Door.

Sample Qimen Chart To Determine Quality Of Your Elite Forces

Unless you happen to be a student of Qi Men Dun Jia, deciphering a chart like this would probably be difficult. For that reason, if I can help you in any way to unravel the mysteries of a Qi Men chart, please feel free to drop me a line here.

The sample chart I have given was taken from a free resource by Dato’ Joey Yap. You can find the evolving hour charts for free here. Dato’ Joey has made it a little easier for unexperienced users to unscramble a Qi Men chart by colour-coding his version. Red is good, and black is… not so good.

The choice, however, depends very much on the outcome that you want. All’s fair in business and war. If your strategy depends on some wily, cunning or even a little bit under-handed tactics, then choosing a solution palace with black components may not be such a bad idea after all. The chart is neutral. It’s best use is dependent on the person taking action.

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THE FIRST STEP TO MANAGING CHANGE – KEEP YOUR JOB

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the globe, there has been a veritable cacophony of voices on my social media newsfeed calling for change. To be precise, telling people about the need to change.

As data from the economic consequences of the various lockdown measures are published and amplified by every single media outlet, these experts are seizing on that data to advocate for change. How to change. How to navigate change. Transform, we must! We are now in the era of forced entrepreneurship, one extolled. Here’s a list of industries that will suffer the most. Bail out! Here’s another list of upcoming industries. Pick one!

Honestly, it got to a point where all that ceaseless exhortations to change was becoming a little tiresome. Maybe even a little anxiety-inducing.

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely advocate for change. In fact, as mentioned in my profile, I want to use my skills to help other professionals create a second career.

So here’s my first step to managing change. If you are lucky enough to still be employed, first, keep your job.

Why? Because it is easier to create a second career or to direct a change while you are still employed. This gives you room for the inevitable mistakes. Even if you are forced to take a pay cut, at least you have a form of safety net beneath you. Once you have your job secured, then you should look into creating a pivot. Hopefully, that pivot will be something that brings you fulfilment as well as monetary rewards.

Therefore, the key here is to be indispensable.

A large part of being indispensable is upward management. In other words, boss management.

We’ve all read horror stories of employees being told to record every single minute of their day while working from home. It doesn’t matter if your boss is easy or difficult. Every boss, like every human, is unique. But there are certain broad character traits (10 categories of them, to be precise) that your boss will inevitably fit into.

So now for the trick. We will manage your boss by using his or her Bazi Chart. Of course, you still need to have the pre-requisite experience, technical knowledge and core competencies. The key here is to position yourself in such a way that makes you simply, indispensable.

All you need is his or her date of birth. Don’t know your boss’s birthday? Ask HR, they’re bound to know. Or just straight up ask them! We’re talking about the person you report directly to here. So if you report to the CEO, then by all means, plot his or her chart. Otherwise, plot the one who handles your job assessment. Because you want to be indispensable to him or her.

(For the rest of this series, I will use the generic ‘he’ to refer to the boss. No offense to the feminists out there, but typing ‘him or her’ in every other sentence is beginning to become rather unwieldy.)

Key in his name, gender and date of birth here (https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/). It’s free, but registration is required. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose.

Scroll right down to the bottom. We are looking for this piece of information.

Ready? Let’s move to our first post in this series – Manage Your Boss With Bazi #1 – How To Deal With Your Direct Wealth Boss.

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A PICTURE OF YOU

I’ve… got a picture of you in my mind!

90s boybands aside, this is actually how a Bazi Consultant decodes your Destiny Chart. Here’s a sample of a Bazi Chart:

Looks intimidating, doesn’t it? That’s what we, your Bazi Consultants, are here for!

Here’s what we see:

So apart from having a lovely picture to hang on your wall, what goes does it do? Let me answer that in one word: Clarity!

Before I go any further, let me debunk some popular myths here – your Bazi Consultants are not fortune tellers. What we look for is the true capacity or potential of the Chart, and correspondingly, the owner of the Chart. We look into the character of the person and how this drives his or her emotions, decisions and actions, which further affects the outcomes in his or her life.

Decoding the chart provides personal clarity.

Armed with that information, the person, if he or she so chooses, can dictate the outcome by changing any one of the three. Will it be easy? That depends. Problems and opportunities are two sides of the same coin.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE

I am writing this piece from the valley of a Black Swan event. Coined by finance professor, writer and former Wall Street trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb in 2007, a black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected and has potentially severe and widespread consequences.

With every passing day of the Movement Control Order (MCO), an atmosphere of fear is slowly permeating. The economy is in the doldrums, like a stagnant lake emitting tendrils of low-lying fog that writhes about our legs, chilling, cloying, choking. Supply chains have been broken, retail shops shuttered, factory machineries lie silent, public events cancelled. Life, as we know it, is on pause.

Apart from daily necessities, consumers have stopped spending, frozen in stasis whilst events roil over us. Workers are anticipating unpaid leave as companies struggle to make payroll, salary cuts loom on the horizon, or worse, lay-offs.

Fear can be debilitating.

Enter, the professional coach. When I embarked on this journey late last year, my primary goal was to advocate and help other professionals like myself take advantage of the growing gig economy. That goal remains unchanged, but in the tatters that is 2020, we need to shift our focus to damage control for employees and business owners alike.

Now, more than ever, every single one of us will need a coach by our side. Someone impartial, objective and supportive to help manage the emotions, gain clarity and insight, co-create an action plan, and keep us on track on our journey of recovery.

Fear may be debilitating… but taking action can be galvanizing.

Even the smallest step can bring back a feeling of being in control, essential to our well-being when so much seems uncertain. Here are some small steps that you can take while you wait out the MCO:

  1. Research – use this time to learn more about existing and potential new markets that your services, products or skills can serve
  2. Advisors – build a board of advisors to steer and guide you through this challenging period.
  3. Core – focus on enhancing your core competency, look into ways as to how your offerings can be tweaked to serve a different market.
  4. Educate – emerging from the MCO with a new skill in your arsenal will lend you strength as you double down on your recovery plan.

And finally,nI urge you to reach out, to myself or peer coaches. I know you are strong. I know you are resourceful. But whoever said you need to bear this burden alone? Allow us to stretch and elevate your thinking, so you can find the opportunities hidden in the crisis. Let us hold up a mirror for you, so that you can examine the problem from the outside looking in, to find the best solutions for yourself, your business and the livelihoods that depend on you. Together, let’s hunt for the silver lining beneath those dark clouds and ride it to the rainbow on the horizon.

So reach for that phone. Let’s connect. You don’t need to go through this alone.

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TRINITY: HEAVEN, MAN AND EARTH

“There are so many types of Chinese Metaphysics solutions out there – how would I know which one is right for me?” I hear that question a lot from friends.

Yes, there are thousands if not tens of thousands of Chinese Metaphysics systems or schools. These can be roughly grouped into three main categories to be deployed for a person’s specific needs. But a simple guideline to remember is – Bazi is the Diagnosis, Feng Shui is the Prescription, Qimen is the Medication.

Bazi (八字) – Heaven Luck. This is your unique energy map, plotted at the day and time of your birth. It’s called Heaven Luck because this chart was deemed as something that was ‘given’ to you at your birth. Think of this as the Google Map of your life. It’s great for life strategies

Qi Men Dun Jia (奇門遁甲) – Man Luck.  This is the system from which the famous Art of War was derived from. In the past, knowledge of this art was exclusive only to the Emperors and was forbidden to commoners. Fact! In the olden days, commoners found to be practicing Qi Men Dun Jia will literally lose their heads over it. On a bad day, even all their family members could be beheaded. Their neighbour who wished them good morning earlier in the day, would also be quaking in their boots, hiding under their beds.

Recently revived, this is an action-based system that is fantastic for the day-to-day battles on the business battleground.

Feng Shui (風水) – Earth Luck. This system seeks to harmonize the energies of the surrounding environment that will enhance the positive energies and reduce the negative.

To wrap-up, here’s a little known fact: many of the top business tycoons in Asia employs all three categories of Chinese Metaphysics to ensure their personal and business success.

Disclaimer: All the Charts and photo of the compass above were downloaded from resources available at the Joey Yap Mastery Academy.

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