Notes from: “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
So two events happened that are somewhat related. One about 10 years ago and another happened a few days ago:
A few years ago, I invested in a small company. This company had debts and as a high net worth investor, the creditors pursued me along with the directors for repayment.
After receiving a letter from a collector asking me to phone them, I contacted their head office. As part of their security procedures, I was asked to confirm my full name address and date of birth. I confirmed the first two, but used a false date of birth as I felt that was private information I did not wish an undisclosed organisation to have.
They told me that the DOB I had provided did not match their records and unless I was able to confirm the DOB they held on file, they would no longer be able to deal with me.
So after a short silence, I asked if that concluded our business. With some trepidation and uncertainty, they confirmed it was. I never heard from them again.
I have been dealing with a solicitor representing a client who is attempting to renege on a contract dating back some years. The solicitor is fairly junior and is unaccustomed to dealing with unsympathetic opposition parties directly. Fairly late on, they advised me to obtain legal representation. I replied that I had legal counsel but that they only have access to my legal team through me.
They responded by explaining that if I had legal counsel, they could only deal directly with them.
Once again, I asked if that concluded our business? They didn’t quite understand the statement, instead repeating their requirements. A second response from me finally allowed opposing counsel to understand what was happening. They didn’t have a response.
First published at: http://mikehardcastle.com/2017/02/24/notes-from-the-art-of-war-by-sun-tzu/