Tao Te Ching: Lao Tse (circa 600-531 BCE): Top Ten Conflict Tips

In these scoundrel times with “war lords” wreaking havoc, I thought it time for one of Top Ten Conflict Tips, this time from the founder of Taoism the sage Lao Tse who starts his famous book the Tao Te Ching with the warning: “The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao.”

  1. Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power.
  2. Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
  3. Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
  4. A leader is best
    When people barely know he exists
    Of a good leader, who talks little,
    When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
    They will say, “We did this ourselves.”
  5. The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.
  6. Give evil nothing to oppose
    and it will disappear by itself
  7. All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its , power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.
  8. If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
  9. Countless words
    count less
    than the silent balance
    between yin and yang
  10. When there is no desire,
    all things are at peace

Taoist Art

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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