Critical Thinking with Sun Tzu Art of War and 36 Stratagems


“The Supreme Art of War is to subdue the enemy without fighting” – Sun Tzu

This one-day course is designed to introduce participants to the principles of critical thinking through the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu Art of War and the 36 Stratagems. By exploring the ancient military strategies and tactics found in these classic texts, participants will develop their critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and decision-making acumen.

This course combines historical wisdom with modern critical thinking techniques to equip participants with valuable tools for success in various aspects of life, including business, leadership, and personal development. Throughout the entire course, participants will be required to apply strategic thinking to solve problems and overcome obstacles.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the key concepts and principles of critical thinking.
  2. Apply critical thinking techniques in practical scenarios.
  3. Analyze and interpret Sun Tzu Art of War and the 36 Stratagems in the context of modern challenges
  4. Develop a strategic mindset for decision-making and problem-solving.
  5. Enhance their leadership and communication skills.
Course Outline

1. Importance of Critical Thinking, its benefits and consequences of not using critical thinking
• Quiz on critical thinking (participants will have their own answers at the end of the course)

2. Why Sun Tzu Art of War and the 36 Stratagems are most read in the world?
• Historical context and origins, and consequences of not knowing them
• Overview of main principles and strategies

3. Critical Thinking Fundamentals
• Myths and Realities of Critical Thinking
• Characteristics of a critical thinker
• The critical thinking process
• Identifying and overcoming cognitive biases

4. Applying Critical Thinking to Sun Tzu Art of War
• Sun Tzu 5 Elements and 7 Considerations
• Art of War 6 Strategies to Win
• Case studies: Applying Sun Tzu’s strategies to real-world scenarios
• Group discussions and practical exercises

5. Applying Critical Thinking to the 36 Stratagems
• Art of War Art of Deception and the role of Dao in 36 Stratagems
• Overview of the 36 Stratagems, using unique translations by Andy
• Power of the 1st and last 3 Stratagems
• Understand the 5-Steps in using 36 Stratagems in solving your problem
• Group activities to apply the Stratagems to your work issues

6. Developing Strategic Decision-Making Skills
• The role of strategy in decision-making
• Tools and techniques for strategic thinking
• Group simulations and strategic problem-solving exercises

7. Communication and Leadership with Critical Thinking

• Leadership qualities derived from Art of War and the 36 Stratagems
• Communicating your Critical Thoughts with Non-Violent Communication
• How to lead people that don’t use critical thinking

8. Integrating Critical Thinking with Art of War and 36 Stratagems Wisdom
• Creating a personal development and/or plan
• Reflection on lessons learned and practical takeaways
• Preparing to apply critical thinking and strategic insights in participants’ everyday lives

Training Methodology

This course will be highly interactive, involving a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies, practical exercises, and role-playing. Participants will be encouraged to apply critical thinking principles to the teachings of Sun Tzu and the 36 Stratagems in various contexts. A variety of multimedia and course materials will be provided to enhance the learning experience.

Who Should Attend
  • Individuals or leaders seeking personal development and improvement in their decision-making and strategic thinking can also find value in these ancient texts. The principles can be applied to various aspects of life beyond professional settings.
  • Anyone interested in personal growth and development who recognize the value of critical thinking in everyday life, decision-making, and problem-solving using strategies from Sun Tzu Art of War and 36 Stratagems
  • Anyone who will like to benefit from the strategic insights offered by Sun Tzu’s principles to critical thinking. The Art of War and the 36 Stratagems provide valuable perspectives on competitive advantage, decision-making, and leadership strategies in the workplace
  • Trainer is knowledgeable and enjoying. There are plenty of Interesting Sharing and Examples.
  • Good use of activities to draw the learning points. Trainer is good in engaging everyone and got all to share and participate.
  • Trainer is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience to share.
  • The Material is Easy to read and understand, good reference material
  • The concepts are a good reminder of what we can achieve. Andy has many useful tips and with many real-life examples and illustrations.
  • This course has helped me a lot in my self-awareness, and opened my understanding and helped me to see things from a different perspective
  • I loved Andy’s presentation style. He shares real life examples to help everyone relate to the business scenarios that we may encounter at work. He also simplifies concepts for everyone to understand easily.
  • One of the best professional development courses I have been to. I will recommend my colleagues to join me for one of his other upcoming courses
  • The course has given adequate examples to apply the stratagem to real-life lesson in critical thinking
  • The trainer is very engaging and lively and make the effort to engage his audience
  • Many life examples were given during the course for us to understand the content.

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Andy Ng – Author Trainer Coach

Speaker, Trainer, Author, Coach and Presenter Andy Ng combines 36 years of work experience, all with the passion to help transform lives with training and coaching

Andy graduates from National University of Singapore with an Honours Degree in Accountancy (B. Acc). He also has a MBA from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland, United Kingdom.

From 1997 to 2000, Andy was the Director of Finance, Human Resource and Administration of the world’s 5th largest network equipment manufacturer, Allied Telesis (Asia) Pte Ltd.  Andy also has experience in management consulting at KPMG Consulting, audit experience in Deloitte & Touche and in the financial industry in JP Morgan Chase and DBS Vickers Securities.

From May 2001, Andy left his corporate job to become full-time in training and coaching. He was the Singapore licensee of ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching team.

The training topics that Andy specialised in include Leadership, Management, Employee Effectiveness, and Personal Development. The top 10 most popular course of Andy include How to Be a Better Manager, Sun Tzu Art of War, High Value Employees, Take Charge and Lead, 3 Kingdoms Strategies, 36 Stratagems, and, Critical Thinking and Communicate with Power

The few hundred companies that have engaged Andy for in-house training include Singtel, Singapore Power, OCBC Bank, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Siemens, Infineon, NTU Alumni, CPA Australia, Singapore University of Technology and Design, AIA, and many medium and small enterprises, plus non-profit organizations including Lions Club of Singapore, and The Salvation Army

In the community, Andy has been a member of Lions Club of Singapore Beverly Hills since 2004, and has served as Club President, and District cabinet officers over the years.  Andy is also a committee member of the Association of Professional Trainers (APTS).


  9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1 Day


  S$600 (NETT)

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