The Art of War Chapter 2 Waging War

A Learning Circle to Build The Winning Behaviours

Facilitated by Sales Blueprint

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Wiztango is a digital platform for Publishers, Authors, Product Managers, Social Enterprises and other Content Originators.

Wiztango is a Winner for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award.

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Institute of Adult Learning Singapore

The Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) is at the forefront of building capabilities and continuing professional development for an effective, innovative and responsive Continuing Education and Training (CET) sector. We work closely and support adult educators, businesses, human resource developers and policy makers through our comprehensive suite of programmes and services on raising capabilities and catalysing innovations in CET.


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Lifelong Learning Council

This is project supported by the LearnSG Seed Fund. "Every Day, A Learning Day"


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In 2010, Singapore embarked on a 10-year programme to boost its economy’s productivity, with the ultimate aim of reducing income inequality. While foreign labour intake has been significantly tightened, productivity increases have yet to be seen. In this LearningCircle, we are going to understand the economy of warfare in today’s context and how success requires winning decisive engagement quickly


Singapore’s Productivity Drive is entering the 9th year. The goals were twofold: to grow productivity by 2–3% a year on average between 2010 and 2019, and to raise wages by 33% over the decade. The government hoped to achieve these targets by tightening foreign labour supply and encouraging automation and the retention of higher-skilled workers. Having said that, “Singapore's productivity could improve a little bit more this year, having achieved 1 per cent growth in 2016”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Aug 12, 2017 National Day Dinner.

The drive for higher productivity will result in doing more with less people (low-skilled), especially with the advent of technology and automation. At the same time, the rising cost creates considerable pressure to the business and individuals. Interestingly, 2018 marks an ominous turning point for Singapore's aging population, according to research by Francis Tan, an economist at United Overseas Bank. In 2018, the share of the population that's 65 years and older will match those younger than 15 for the first time, Tan wrote in a report on Dec 6, 2017. As the elderly population starts to crowd out the youth, the "demographic time bomb" may mean changes to taxes, immigration rules, and social services, he said.

The good news is, the above business challenges could be overcome by sharpening our saw in strategic and managerial competences. In the latest IAL Training and Adult Education Professional Competency Model (TAEPCM), “strategic/managerial competence” is the new and emerging critical skill set. It has been identified as the Horizontal Skills that will increase the Training and Adult Education (TAE) stakeholders’ competitive advantage.

Key Learnings

  • Recognise the value of “speed” in driving productivity and winning behaviour

  • Use a simple and effective process improvement matrix to address the “lack of time” syndrome in productivity

  • Relate to the value of cost and revenue behaviour in managing costing and pricing

  • Describe the impact of sales cycle time to accelerate sales velocity

  • Create a process of high productivity for long term sustainability


For the FIRST onsite workshop:

1. Bring your laptop (best view platform) and audio earpiece
2. Ensure your laptop is fully charged and can last for at least 2.5 hours
3. Class will start on time and appreciate if you can come 10-15 minutes earlier to set up your wifi network access and laptop



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Below are the 2 links for your pre-reading. Please copy and paste the URL.



2 sessions of DIY asynchronous learning, anytime, anywhere.


Topics and agenda

  • 1. Digital On-boarding

    Digital and/or onsite | 15 Minutes

    Covers navigation, settings, mobile access, house rules and other relevant highlights

    To arrange the platform setup and access for maximum learning experience and outcome

  • 2. Setting the Context

    Digital | 15 Minutes

    Covers the learning motivation, sense of urgency, challenges, expectation and learner profile.

    To manage the learning expectations and relate to other learners and stakeholders

  • 3. Key Information: Chapter 2 Waging War

    Digital and/or onsite | 20 Minutes

    Covers the important facts in Chapter 2 Waging War by receiving the fundamental information without interpretation

    To recognise the key information about the economy of warfare in today’s context and how success requires winning decisive engagements quickly.

  • 4. The Value of Speed

    digital and/or onsite | 20 Minutes

    To relate to the key facts about speed in Chapter 2 and research to turn into insight about why speed is everything in business

    Recognise the value of “speed” in driving productivity and winning behaviour

  • 5. Cost and Revenue Behaviour

    Case Study | 30 Minutes

    To use a case study to simulate the consequence in prolonging any campaign

    Relate to the value of cost and revenue behaviour in managing costing and pricing

  • 6. Overcoming Lack of Time Syndrome

    Digital and/or onsite | 30 Minutes

    Link speed to the "lack of time" syndrome with a simple and yet effective time management tool

    Use a simple and effective process improvement matrix to address the “lack of time” syndrome in productivity

  • 7. Sales Velocity

    digital and/or onsite | 20 Minutes

    To relate to the "how to" in creasing more productivity

    Describe the impact of sales cycle time to accelerate sales velocity

  • 8. Recall and Link

    DIY asynchronous | 15 Minutes

    Covers the reinforcement of knowledge and the association of real life experience in order to strengthen the link for memory retention.

    To generate the links of new knowledge with the previous experience in speed, cost, time management and productivity

  • 9. Productivity vs Sustainability

    DIY asynchronous | 30 Minutes

    To discuss the ability to scale the productivity with a systematic way of managing priorities and objectives. Tools will be shared to manage urgent and important matters.

    Create a process of high productivity for long term sustainability

  • 10. Reflect & Application

    DIY and asynchronous | 30 Minutes

    Covers the application of knowledge to lay plans for 2018.

    To apply the concepts and integrate the strategies and tactics into real life personal goals.


Prashant Jain
CEO, Entrepreneur, Chief Architect Learning Circles

PJ is the Chief Architect of Learning Circles and creator of a Digital Facilitation Technology Platform for Content Originators. He is an American with a global background as an entrepreneur in technology and education management.

In 2002, he founded and for fourteen years successfully managed an in-residence corporate university for Japanese employees of Hitachi Corp, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Yokogawa, Panasonic and 30 global Japanese corporations. The Singapore-based company achieved $8.9M revenue at its peak and had 1,000 Japanese graduates from 25 global-skill development programs.

In the past 25 years, PJ has had pioneering leadership roles in the digital transformation of multiple industries including Pre-Press (Israeli-based Scitex Corp), Photography (Boston-based Leaf Technologies), Printing (Dutch-based Indigo Corp) and Advertising (Boston-based Engage Technologies)

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