The Art of War for Women by Chin-Ning Chu Book Review

Chin-Ning Chu, bestselling author of The Art of War for Women, said about this book:

This is not a feel-good book. (But I am confident you will feel good after reading it.)  It is not a motivational book. (But I promise you will be motivated to achieve what you want, once you are done.)  Ultimately, its purpose is to provide women with the strategies we all need to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of our achieving everything we want.

It was in June 2009 when I’ve bought and read Chin-Ning Chu’s bestselling book, The Art of War for Women: Sun Tzu’s Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning at Work.

Back in those days, I wanted to learn strategies in succeeding and winning in life.  I’ve used to believe in destiny.  But there came a day when I’ve seen things differently and started to understand that life is not destiny, instead, it is more of a choice.  We create our own destiny with the choices we make every single day, whether their small or big decisions.  And to help us make better choices in life, we need to acquire winning strategies in life.

The Art of War for Women: Sun Tzu’s Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning at Work showed itself to me when I needed it, and I’m grateful that what I’ve gained from it was more than what I’ve paid for it.  It has enlightened me in the application of strategies in winning, wherein it begins with having deep understanding of the people we deal with and our environment, as well as, it showed me how to understand myself – strength and weakness – better, including my goals and fears.  It taught me how to build naturally who I am and embrace my own unique personality and talent to achieve what I want.

What is Chin-Ning Chu’s The Art of War for Women About?

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is the most influential book on strategy ever published, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide in several editions.  Written by one of the today’s foremost authorities on Sun Tzu, The Art of War for Women is sure to become a classic in its own right.

This book, The Art of War for Women, is written by Chin-Ning Chu.  She’s an internationally renowned speaker and the bestselling author of the books, Think Face Black Heart, The Asian Mind Game and The Art of War for WomenChin-Ning Chu died from cancer illness in December 2009.  But during her lifetime, she was the President of Asian Marketing Consultants, Inc., Chairperson of the Strategic Learning Institute, and President of Neuroscience Industries, Inc.  Also, she was a major contributor to the Great Book series segment on the The Art of War, aired on The Learning Channel.

In the West and other continent, when we think of war, we imagine battle, casualties and brutality.  But Sun Tzu, the man who wrote The Art of War back 2,500 years ago, was a Chinese.  The Chinese think of war differently than most people in different race do.  In their view, war does not revolve around fighting, it is about determining the most efficient way of gaining victory with the least amount of conflict.

In this book, The Art of War for Women, Chin-Ning Chu brings the eternal wisdom of philosopher-general Sun Tzu to women looking to gain a better understanding of who they are and who they want to become.

How Can The Art of War for Women Help You?

The Art of War is appropriate for women because let’s face it, as intelligent and accomplished we may be, there are very few of us who are comfortable with direct confrontation or situations where our triumph means someone else’s defeat.  We are natural negotiators and problem solvers, most of us prefer ‘win-win situations’ compare to ‘winners take it all’.

The Art of War for Women was written to help readers become a master strategist in their life, whether they want to become a CEO, entrepreneur, schoolteacher, stockbroker, movie producer, or astronaut.  Even if your aim in life is to be a good mother and a happier person, studying The Art of War for Women will help you transform your disadvantages into advantages and you can learn how to think like an effective strategist and warrior.

The book’s objective is to examine strategist that can help every woman celebrate her femininity to the fullest, while gaining freedom to soar to personal and professional heights.

Here’s a quick preview of what you can learn from reading the book:

  • Win without confrontation
  • Fully integrate your ethics into the practical demands of earning a living (succeed without compromising your integrity)
  • Develop the crucial ability to see the ‘big picture’ and master strategic thinking in its entirety
  • Become more innovative, adaptive and creative by integrating your own style and philiosophy into every action you take
  • Translate the universally applicable strategies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War into tools you can use to succeed in whatever you do.

What to Anticipate from The Art of War for Women?

The book, The Art of War for Women, consist of around two hundred pages with thirteen chapters.  Personally, I’ve found each chapter as informative and relevant to understand in order for women to live their fullest potential in their daily life activities.

In this article, I will highlight few of the important principles and chapters I’ve personally liked from the book.  To have a better appreciation of the whole book, I recommend that you also invest time and money in reading it.

Chapter 1 – Ji (Planning): The Elements of Strategy

The first chapter contains the core message of the book.  It includes all the principles that will be discussed in the remaining twelve chapters.

In here, you will get to learn the five elements that govern success, which are the following:

          1. Tao (Righteousness) : How to Make Winning Decisions
          2. Tien (Timing): Understanding Universal to Personal Timing
          3. Di (Resources): Knowing How to Turn Your Liabilities into Assets
          4. Jiang (Leadership):  A State of Mind
          5. Fa (Managing): It Is All About Execution

Chapter 3 – Strategy: Know Thyself and Others

I personally agree to the saying,

How well you know the world around you is directly proportional to how well you know yourself.

This chapter discusses the steps to knowing yourself and others.  It will also teach you on how to create an innovative profile/resume to sell yourself and to understand the five essentials for victory.

Chapter 11 – Nine Battlegrounds: Be More Competitive by Doing Less

In business, at work, and in personal life, we will be faced in situation where we have to go out of our comfort zone and expose ourselves to new things, people or places.  Oftentimes, when we venture out to new horizons, we need to learn how to let go of our comfort zone and be adaptable to the new environment.  And this is not easy task for most people, especially women.

This chapter will explain the Nine Battlegrounds Principle to help you break into a new market or environment, introduce an idea that will replace a preexisting one, or lobby for a position that was previously held by someone else.  It will be useful in knowing how to stay competitive even when we’re out of our comfort zone.


It is often stated that women rarely succeed and make a huge difference in the world because of factors, such as attitude and emotions, which restrict them to fight firmly in the battle of life.  It has been stereotyped that women are expected to take care of their homes, children, husband or families, and care less of their own personal purpose to succeed in what they want to achieve.

The book, The Art of War for Women, will defend that every women has the capacity to win and succeed in the battle of life, in whatever they chose to become.  Women only need to learn and adapt to certain winning principles that men have already known and possess for a long while.

Personally, The Art of War for Women is one of the best books I’ve read on personal achievement and life strategies.

If you are a man, give this book as a gift to the woman important to you, to help her realize and achieve her fullest potential in whatever she wants to accomplish in life.

If you are a woman, this book will help you unleash your inner strengths and qualities which can increase your potential success in anything you wish to do or become.  You can also give it to women who you think needs to increase self-confidence with oneself or who needs guidance in her path or purpose in life.

For a final note, keep this in mind when adopting strategy:

Those who carefully calculate their strategies will be led to victory.  Those who carelessly calculate their strategies will be led to defeat. 

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