There is an old African proverb that says:
“When two elephants fight, the grass suffers.”
So, if you are a casual observer on safari–
- Keep your distance from fighting elephants.
- Avoid male elephants in musk– they can be aggressive.
- Don’t drive between a cow and her calves.
- Stay in your vehicle.
- Take pictures.
If you are going to fight with your elephant for the sport business–
- Pick your elephant wisely.
- Give them regular, safe practice.
- Feed your elephant well.
- Know the tactics of elephant fighting.
- Carefully study your opponent.
- Pick your engagements wisely.
- The kind of saddle is restricted by the rules of the game.
If you are going to fight with your elephant in war, then in addition–
- Know your enemy.
- Fight smart.
- Have a good, protective saddle, so you don’t get thrown during a fight.
- Know the rules of engagement.
- Keep a close watch on readiness.
- Be able to identify idle threats (from spectators), sport (between competitors) and war (between lethal combatants), and know how to respond to each.
- Love your elephant as if your life depended upon it, because in times of war, it does.
Society has Folkways, Mores, and Laws. Is there any doubt that these are different in business than they are in war? See post on Re-reading Sun Tzu.